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Today in World War II History—August 31, 1941

A member of the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) serving as a spotter with a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun battery, December 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 452)

A member of the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) serving as a spotter with a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun battery, December 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 452)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 31, 1941: Soviet Baltic Fleet completes evacuation of Talinn, Estonia (28,000 military personnel and civilians are evacuated, but 13,000 were killed in sinkings).

An antiaircraft battery opens in Richmond Park, London, staffed by a mixed-gender unit including the first British women in combat.