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Today in World War II History—April 24, 1940 & 1945

A Marine of the US 1st Marine Division pointed his Thompson submachine gun at a Japanese sniper, Okinawa, Apr-Jun 1945 (US National Archives: 127-N-123170)

A Marine of the US 1st Marine Division pointed his Thompson submachine gun at a Japanese sniper, Okinawa, Apr-Jun 1945 (US National Archives: 127-N-123170)

80 Years Ago—April 24, 1940: Germans appoint Josef Terboven as Reich Commissar of Norway.

US Naval Attaché Lt. Cdr. Ole Hagen escorts American civilians from Oslo, Norway into neutral Sweden.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 24, 1945: On Okinawa, US Tenth Army breaches Japanese defenses at the Shuri Line, and Marines take Kakazu Ridge.

Blackout is lifted in Britain except certain coastal areas.

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