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Today in World War II History—Aug. 27, 1940 & 1945

US and British warships in Sagami Bay, Japan, 27 Aug 1945; note Mount Fuji with setting sun in background; photo taken from battleship USS South Dakota (US National Archives: 80-G-490487)

US and British warships in Sagami Bay, Japan, 27 Aug 1945; note Mount Fuji with setting sun in background; photo taken from battleship USS South Dakota (US National Archives: 80-G-490487)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 27, 1940: Free French troops under Philippe de Hauteclocque (who has adopted the name of Leclerc to protect his family in France), take Duala, French Cameroon, and French Cameroon switches allegiance from Vichy France to Free French.

President Roosevelt authorizes call into service of Army Reserve and National Guard for 12 months.

75 Years Ago—Aug. 27, 1945: In Japan, almost 400 vessels of the US Third Fleet anchor in Sagami Bay.