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Today in World War II History—June 14, 1940 & 1945

German troops parading down the Champs Élysées in Paris, 14 June 1940 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1994-036-09A)

German troops parading down the Champs Élysées in Paris, 14 June 1940 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1994-036-09A)

80 Years Ago—June 14, 1940: German troops take Paris and fly the swastika from the Eiffel Tower and over the Arc de Triomphe.

Nazis send first prisoners to Auschwitz concentration camp—political prisoners from Poland.

Britain bans ringing of church bells, which is reserved for invasion alerts.

US 96th Division on the top of Yaeju-Dake Hill, Okinawa, Japan, 18 Jun 1945 (US Army photo)

US 96th Division on the top of Yaeju-Dake Hill, Okinawa, Japan, 18 Jun 1945 (US Army photo)

75 Years Ago—June 14, 1945: British arrest Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in Hamburg, Germany; he will be executed after the Nuremberg Trials.

On Okinawa, US Tenth Army takes Yaeju-Dake peak and US Marines take Kunishi Ridge.

Premiere of Frank Capra’s War Comes to America, the final documentary in the Why We Fight series.

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