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This Day in History
1862: The USS Monitor is launched at Greenpoint, Long Island.

1943: Fieldmarshal Friedrich von Paulus surrenders himself and his staff to Red Army troops in Stalingrad.

1943: The British Royal Air Force begins a daytime bombing campaign on the German capital that coincides with the 10th anniversary of Hitlers accession to power.

1945: The Allies launch a drive on the Siegfried line in Germany.

1968: At dawn on the first day of the Tet holiday truce, Viet Cong forces supported by large numbers of North Vietnamese troops, launch the largest and best coordinated offensive of the war, driving into the center of South Vietnam's seven largest cities and attacking 30 provincial capitals from the Delta to the DMZ.

1971: Operation Dewey Canyon II begins as the initial phase of Lam Son 719, the South Vietnamese invasion of Laos that would commence on February 8. The purpose of the South Vietnamese operation was to interdict the Ho Chi Minh Trail, advance to Tchepone in Laos, and destroy the North Vietnamese supply dumps in the area.