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Today in World War II History—July 3, 1944

US tank, modified with iron teeth, cuts through the bocage (hedgerows) in Normandy, France, July 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US tank, modified with iron teeth, cuts through the bocage (hedgerows) in Normandy, France, July 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—July 3, 1944: French and Algerian forces take Siena, Italy.

Soviets take Minsk in Byelorussia.

US First Army VIII Corps launches drive south from Cherbourg peninsula, the “Battle of the Hedgerows,” advancing only 7 miles in 12 days.