Today in WW II: 20 May 1940 German General Rudolf Veiel's 2nd Panzer division reaches the English Channel at Noyelles, splitting the Allied defense.  More 
20 May 1940 Largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, opens in Poland. Before liberation in 1945, about 1.1 million people died there, 90 percent Jews.
20 May 1941 Germans launch Operation Mercury, the Battle of Crete, the first airborne invasion in history.
20 May 1942 First African-American seamen taken into the United States Navy.
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M-114 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

M-114 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-114 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-114 APC on border patrol in West Germany
M-114 APC on border patrol in West Germany.

M-114 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-114 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at the Pate Museum of Transportation, Ft. Worth, TX. Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.