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Today in World War II History—June 5, 1944

American tank destroyers at the Colosseum, Rome, June 1944 (US Army photo)

American tank destroyers at the Colosseum, Rome, June 1944 (US Army photo)

B-29 Superfortress (USAF photo)

B-29 Superfortress (USAF photo)

75 Years Ago—June 5, 1944: Countdown to D-day: at 4:15 am, a more favorable weather report leads Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to order the invasion of Normandy to proceed for June 6: “Okay, let’s go.”

At night, RAF Bomber Command flies 1200 sorties, hitting ten gun batteries in Normandy before dawn on D-day.

US Fifth Army secures Rome; Gen. Mark Clark gives victory speech on Capitoline Hill, and Pope Pius XII addresses GIs in St. Peter’s Square.

First combat mission is flown with B-29 Superfortresses: US 20th Bomber Command sends 98 B-29s from India to bomb Japanese-held Bangkok.

3 Responses to “Today in World War II History—June 5, 1944”

  1. Sue Galucki

    I have read and enjoyed all your books and look forward to your next new novel, too!

  2. Kay Enderlin

    I love this era in the 1940. Sarah you have written such wonderful historical stories. I can’t wait to read each and every one of your books. I hope I get a chance to win this fabulous prize from you ????

  3. Patricia Iacuzzi

    Hi Sarah…

    I’m so glad that your announcement came out on the 75th anniversary of D-Day; and this country is remembering. Saw some great responses on t.v. news channels. Mostly though, I count on your wonderful contributions to a love of our country’s history. Thank you! This is a stunning cover–tell Revell they’ve done a splendid job.