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Today in World War II History—July 14, 1941

A 15-cwt truck passes a sentry as it leaves Fort Weygand at Palmyra, Syria, 12 July 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 4079)

A 15-cwt truck passes a sentry as it leaves Fort Weygand at Palmyra, Syria, 12 July 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 4079)

80 Years Ago—July 14, 1941: Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon surrender to Free French and British, and sign armistice.

Germans reach Luga River in Soviet Union, threatening Leningrad.

Bastille Day celebrations are banned in both Vichy and occupied France.

Bing Crosby records hit song “The Anniversary Waltz.”