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Today in World War II History—December 11, 1941

Adolf Hitler declaring war on the United States at the German Reichstag, Berlin, 11 Dec 1941 [Photo: German Federal Archive Bild 183-1987-0703-507]

Adolf Hitler declaring war on the United States at the German Reichstag, Berlin, 11 Dec 1941 [Photo: German Federal Archive Bild 183-1987-0703-507]

80 Years Ago—Dec. 11, 1941: Germany and Italy declare war on US; US reciprocates.

US Marines repulse Japanese landing at Wake in the only successful repulsion of an amphibious landing by shore defenders of the war.

Isolationist “America First” committee is disbanded; the group had tried to keep America out of the war.

John Gillespie Magee Jr., an American serving in the RCAF, is killed in a midair collision over Lincolnshire (age 19) shortly after writing his famous poem “High Flight.”

Pres. Franklin Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Germany, 11 Dec 1941; Senator Tom Connally at right marked the time of declaration (Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-15185)

Pres. Franklin Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Germany, 11 Dec 1941; Senator Tom Connally at right marked the time of declaration (Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-15185)