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Today in World War II History—April 8, 1940 & 1945

British destroyer HMS Glowworm under attack by German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper off Norway, 8 April 1940 (public domain via Wikipedia)

British destroyer HMS Glowworm under attack by German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper off Norway, 8 April 1940 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—April 8, 1940: German invasion fleet arrives off of Norway; in heavy fighting, British destroyer HMS Glowworm is sunk while ramming German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, and two German troop transports are sunk by a Norwegian destroyer and by a Polish submarine.

Gallup poll: 84% of Americans want Allies to win, 2% want German victory, and only 23% want US to join the war.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 8, 1945: The Royal Air Force bombs Lützkendorf in the final raid in the Allied campaign against the German oil industry.

Soviets surround Vienna, Austria.

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