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Today in World War II History—August 24, 1944

Corporal Charles H. Johnson of the 783rd Military Police Battalion waves on a “Red Ball Express” motor convoy near Alenon, France, 5 September 1944 (US National Archives)
Corporal Charles H. Johnson of the 783rd Military Police Battalion, waves on a “Red Ball Express” motor convoy rushing priority materiel to the forward areas, near Alenon, France, 5 September 1944 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—August 24, 1944: US Army’s “Red Ball Express” completes first truck shipment of supplies across France.

US Third Army crosses the Seine south of Paris.

In southern France, US Seventh Army takes Avignon and Cannes.

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