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Today in World War II History—December 27, 1941

US poster encouraging conservation of rubber, WWII

US poster encouraging conservation of rubber, WWII

80 Years Ago—Dec. 27, 1941: Japanese bomb Manila despite “open city” declaration.

First British combined operation of the war (air, naval & ground assault): British & Norwegian commandos raid Vaagsö Island, Norway, destroying facilities and taking prisoners.

First two SOE (British Special Operations Executive) agents are parachuted into Denmark, but one is killed when his parachute fails to open.

US announces rationing of tires and all rubber goods, to go into effect January 5, 1942 (Read more: “Make It Do—Tire Rationing in World War II”).