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Today in World War II History—March 3, 1940 & 1945

 

80 Years Ago—March 3, 1940: In the Soviet-Finnish war, the Soviets launch a final major offensive at Viipuri, Finland.

Maiden sail of ocean liner RMS Queen Elizabeth, from Glasgow—it was publicized that she was sailing to Southampton, leading the Luftwaffe to bomb Southampton—however, the Queen Elizabeth was bound for New York.

RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York City after World War II (public domain via State Library of Queensland)

RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York City after World War II (public domain via State Library of Queensland)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 3, 1945: US Sixth Army secures Manila after furious house-to-house fighting; 100,000 civilians have been killed by the Japanese.

US Ninth Army and Canadian troops link between the Maas and Rhine rivers.