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Today in World War II History—June 20, 1944

US 79th Infantry Division using 155-mm howitzer in assault on Cherbourg, June 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

US 79th Infantry Division using 155-mm howitzer in assault on Cherbourg, June 1944 (US Army Center of Military History)

Patch of the US Tenth Army, WWII

Patch of the US Tenth Army, WWII

80 Years Ago—June 20, 1944: US First Army besieges Cherbourg, France.

Soviets take Viipuri, Finland, opening Gulf of Finland to Soviet ships.

US Tenth Army is activated under Lt. Gen. Simon Buckner; will fight on Okinawa.

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