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Today in World War II History—December 23, 1941

Malayan rubber plantation burnt by the British as they retreat to Singapore, Dec 1941 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-45 KF 97)

Malayan rubber plantation burnt by the British as they retreat to Singapore, Dec 1941 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-45 KF 97)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 23, 1941: Japanese take Wake Island after determined defense by US Marines.

British evacuate Malaya above the Perak River as the Japanese advance.

Off Cambria, CA, Japanese sub I-21 sinks US tanker Montebello in sight of the coast; survivors machine-gunned in lifeboats but no one is injured.