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Today in World War II History—September 26, 1941

Poster for the US Army Corps of the Military Police, WWII

80 Years Ago—Sept. 26, 1941: Gen. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French, signs an alliance with the USSR. US Army establishes Military Police Corps (MPs). Movie premiere of A Yank in the RAF, starring Tyrone Power & Betty Grable.

Today in World War II History—September 25, 1941

Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy, 1942 (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, public domain)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 25, 1941: Germans parachute into Perekop peninsula and take it, cutting off Crimea from rest of the USSR. Future president John F. Kennedy enlists in the US Navy. Movie premiere of You’ll Never Get Rich, starring Fred Astaire & Rita Hayworth.

Today in World War II History—September 24, 1941

Poster with Charles De Gaulle's speech to France on the BBC, 18 Jun 1940 (public domain via National Library of France)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 24, 1941: Fifteen Allied nations (including neutral US) and governments-in-exile agree to follow principles of the Atlantic Charter. Gen. Charles de Gaulle forms French National Committee in London. First German U-boats pass Gibraltar and enter the Mediterranean. In Paris, the daily tobacco ration is reduced to 4 cigarettes for men and none… Read more »

Today in World War II History—September 23, 1941

Battleship USS Massachusetts, Battleship Cove, Fall River MA (Photo: Sarah Sundin, July 2014)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 23, 1941: Germans declare French men who help downed British airmen will be shot; women will be sent to concentration camps. Battleship USS Massachusetts is launched at Quincy, MA (currently a museum ship at Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA).

Today in World War II History—September 21, 1941

Luftwaffe aerial photograph of the damaged Soviet battleship Marat in Kronstadt, leaking oil, 27 September 1941 (Luftwaffe photo, public domain via Wikipedia)

  80 Years Ago—Sept. 21, 1941: At Kronstadt, Russia, Luftwaffe Ju 87 Stuka bombers heavily damage Soviet battleship Marat (sunk by Luftwaffe Sept. 23) and sink Soviet destroyer Steregushiy.

Today in World War II History—September 20, 1941

Royal Navy Grumman Martlet Mk. II fighter from the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable at Oran, Algeria, December 1942 (US Navy photo: SC 169214)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 20, 1941: Martlet fighter plane from HMS Audacity in convoy OG-74 shoots down a German Fw 200 bomber, the first kill from an escort carrier.

Today in World War II History—September 18, 1941

Czechoslovakian Gen. Alois Eliáš, before 1928 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 18, 1941: USSR conscripts all men ages 16-50. In Prague, Gen. Alois Eliáš, prime minister of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, who is working with the resistance, poisons three collaborationist journalists; one dies. Off Tripoli, British submarine Upholder sinks Italian transports Oceania and Neptunia (384/6000 Italian troops killed).

Today in World War II History—September 17, 1941

Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr at Copenhagen Conference, 1934 (US Department of Energy photo)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 17, 1941: US begins escorting British convoys from Newfoundland to Iceland, violating neutrality: TU 4.1.1 of five destroyers begins escorting Convoy HX-150. Germany begins general deportation of German Jews. At a conference in Copenhagen, German physicist Werner Heisenberg informs Danish physicist Niels Bohr that Germany is working on atomic weapons. During exercises… Read more »