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Today in World War II History—August 29, 1941

 

Finnish Lt. Gen. Lennart Oesch and his chief of staff Col. Valo Nihtilä inspecting Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia), Aug-Sep 1941 (public domain via Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive)

Finnish Lt. Gen. Lennart Oesch and his chief of staff Col. Valo Nihtilä inspecting Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia), Aug-Sep 1941 (public domain via Finnish Wartime Photograph Archive)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 29, 1941: Finnish troops retake Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia) on the Karelian Isthmus from the Soviets, closing the northern flank of Leningrad.

Cease-fire in Iran—USSR & Britain jointly occupy the country.

Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies resigns, replaced by Arthur Fadden.

Vichy French police arrest American Varian Fry in Marseille and expel him from the country for his work in helping almost 2000 Jews, artists, and intellectuals escape to the US.

Varian Fry (Library of Congress via Yad Vashem)

Varian Fry (Library of Congress via Yad Vashem)

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