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Today in World War II History—August 8, 1941

Berlin Zoo flak tower, April 1942 (German Federal Archive, Bild 183-H27779)

Berlin Zoo flak tower, April 1942 (German Federal Archive, Bild 183-H27779)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 8, 1941: Germans close Uman pocket in Ukraine, defeating Soviet 6th and 12th Armies, and taking 100,000 POWs.

Soviet air force bombs Berlin for the first time, but four of the five bombers are lost.

Vichy France bans Jewish physicians from practicing medicine.