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Today in WW II: 30 Aug 1941 German Lorenz SZ40 teleprinter operator sent a 4,000 character message twice, allowing British mathematician Bill Tutte and others at Bletchley Park to decipher the machine's coding mechanism.  More 
30 Aug 1942 Germany formally annexes Luxembourg to the German Reich, triggering a general strike the next day protesting German Army conscription.
30 Aug 1942 Battle of Alam el Halfa, between Rommel's German force and British Commenwealth troops under Montgomery, south of El Alamein, the end of last major Axis offensive of their Western Desert campaign [30 Aug-5 Sep].
30 Aug 1944 Last remnants of German forces retreat across the Seine River, bringing Operation Overlord to a successful conclusion.
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International Harvester TD-40 Tractor / Bulldozer

The International Harvester TD-40 Tractor / Bulldozer was produced from 1933 through 1939, the first IH diesel. They were procured by the U.S. Army in small numbers and were used through WW II. The vehicle was called the McCormick Deering TD-40 TracTracTor.

International Harvester TD-40 Characteristics

Weight 12,400 lbs (5624 kg)
Length 140 inches (355 cm)
Width 64 inches (162 cm)
Engine IH 4 cyl diesel
Drawbar HP 37
Belt HP 48
Transmission 5 fwd / 1 rev

International TD-40 bulldozer knocking down trees, cutting a roadway for the Alcan Highway, 1942.  Air cleaner tube on side of engine goes through the cover, one characteristic of the TD-40.  Using the Bucyrus-Erie blade that was supplied for the TD-40
International TD-40 bulldozer knocking down trees, cutting a roadway for the Alcan Highway, 1942. Stack tube on side of engine goes through the cover, one characteristic of the TD-40. Using the Bucyrus-Erie blade that was supplied for the TD-40.