Today in World War II History—August 17, 1944
75 Years Ago—August 17, 1944: Germans begin retreat from southern France.
Germans begin retreat from the Falaise pocket in Normandy; Canadians take Falaise.
US Third Army takes St. Malo, Chartres, and Orléans in France.
Vichy French government flees for Germany; Marshal Philippe Pétain and his staff will be interned by Hitler, while Prime Minister Pierre Laval’s government will resign.