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Today in World War II History—August 5, 1944

Polish resistance fighter during the Warsaw Uprising, Aug 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Polish resistance fighter during the Warsaw Uprising, Aug 1944 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—August 5, 1944: Japanese POWs in Australia attempt mass escape from Cowra camp; 334 escape; 231 Japanese and 4 guards are killed in the escape and roundup; all are recaptured within nine days.

In Warsaw, Polish insurgents liberate a forced labor camp, and 348 Jews join the rebellion. 

Japanese prisoners of war practicing baseball at No.12 Prisoner of War compound near Cowra, NSW, Australia, 1 Jul 1944 (Australian War Memorial: 067168)
Japanese prisoners of war practicing baseball at No.12 Prisoner of War compound near Cowra, NSW, Australia, 1 Jul 1944 (Australian War Memorial: 067168)

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