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Today in World War II History—September 17, 1939 & 1944

Sinking of HMS Courageous, 17 September 1939 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Sinking of HMS Courageous, 17 September 1939 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—September 17, 1939: Soviet troops (allied with Germany) invade Poland, surrounding Polish troops.

150 Polish military and civilian planes fly to Romania; pilots will make way to Britain to fight again.

Off the Irish coast, U-boat U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, 518 killed.

US C-47 Skytrains towing Waco CG-4 gliders over Bergeijk, Holland for the Operation Market Garden landings near Eindhoven, 17 September 1944 (US National Archives)

US C-47 Skytrains towing Waco CG-4 gliders over Bergeijk, Holland en route the Operation Market Garden landings near Eindhoven, 17 September 1944 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 17, 1944: Operation Market Garden begins: 20,000 US and British paratroopers land in Nijmegen, Eindhoven, and Arnhem in the Netherlands, with a British ground offensive designed to link with the airborne units.

In Italy, US Fifth Army breaks the German Gothic Line at Il Giogo Pass.

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