Today is the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. I will be adding “80 Years Ago” to my “75 Years Ago” posts. I hope you find them informative.
80 Years Ago—September 1, 1939: World War II begins when Germany invades Poland with 52 divisions, German Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers hit bridges over the Vistula, and German battleship Schleswig-Holstein bombards Polish naval base at Westerplatte.
George C. Marshall is named US Army Chief of Staff and is promoted to full general.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 1, 1944: Patton’s US Third Army offensive temporarily slows due to gasoline shortage.
German Army Group F begins withdrawal from Greece.
Movie premiere of Arsenic and Old Lace, starring Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane.