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Today in World War II History—September 17, 1942

Robert Oppenheimer and Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves at the Trinity test site, New Mexico, September 1945 (US Army Corps of Engineers)

Robert Oppenheimer and Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves at the Trinity test site, New Mexico, September 1945 (US Army Corps of Engineers)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 17, 1942: German Admiral Karl Dönitz issues the Laconia Order, forbidding rescue operations by U-boats after US B-24s bombed U-boats rescuing survivors of the Sept. 12 sinking of the Laconia.

Col. Leslie Groves is placed in command of the Manhattan Project to develop an atom bomb.

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