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Today in World War II History—September 6, 1939 & 1944

US Army V-2 cutaway drawing showing engine, fuel cells, guidance units and warhead, 1 August 1945 (US Air Force photo)

US Army V-2 cutaway drawing showing engine, fuel cells, guidance units and warhead, 1 August 1945 (US Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—September 6, 1939: German troops take Kraków, Poland.

Britain institutes convoys for shipping between the Firth of Forth and the Thames Estuary.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 6, 1944: Germany launches first V-2 in combat, toward the Paris suburbs; the V-2 is the world’s first true rocket. (Read more: “The Moon Landings—The World War II Connection”)

Britain announces relaxation of blackout regulations; lifted to dim-out with blackout only when the air raid alarm is sounded.

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