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Today in World War II History—September 1, 1939 and 1944

German troops removing the Polish emblem from the wall of a post office in Danzig, 1 Sep 1939 (German Federal Archive, Bild 183-H27915, Photographer: Hans Sönnke)

German troops removing the Polish emblem from the wall of a post office in Danzig, 1 Sep 1939 (German Federal Archive, Bild 183-H27915, Photographer: Hans Sönnke)

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.

Map of the western front in Europe, 1 September 1944 (US Army)

Map of the western front in Europe, 1 September 1944 (US Army)

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.

2 responses to “Today in World War II History—September 1, 1939 and 1944”

  1. Alan says:

    Thank you for these posts! They’re great!

    Who knew that General Marshall was named Army Chief of Staff on the same day that World War II started?!

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