Today in World War II History—March 18, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—March 18, 1940: Alan Turing’s Bombe electromechanical decipher machine becomes operational at Bletchley Park, England to decrypt German Enigma messages.
Hitler and Mussolini meet at Brenner Pass, and Mussolini agrees to join the war against Britain and France.
75 Years Ago—March 18, 1945: US Task Force 58 carrier aircraft strike 45 airfields on Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu in Japan in preparation for the Okinawa landings, destroying about 275 aircraft.
US Eighth Army lands on Panay in the Philippines.