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Today in World War II History—May 15, 1940 & 1945

Wartime B.F. Goodrich ad about the requisition of nylon by the US government, which started in 1942

Wartime B.F. Goodrich ad about the requisition of nylon by the US government, which started in 1942

80 Years Ago—May 15, 1940: At Gembloux, Belgium, Germans lose 250 tanks to French artillery, but the French are forced to fall back as Belgian troops retreat.

Britain reduces weekly butter ration from 8 ounces to 4 ounces per person.

The McDonald brothers open McDonald’s Bar-B-Que in San Bernardino, CA, the precursor of the fast food restaurant.

In the US, nylon stockings first go on the market, made by DuPont. [Read more: Stocking Shortages in World War II]

75 Years Ago—May 15, 1945: Turning point in China—Chinese troops have Japanese forces in full retreat; by the end of the month, the Japanese will be pushed north of the Yellow River.

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