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Today in World War II History—December 30, 1941

Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien, San Francisco, CA, Fleet Week, October 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien, San Francisco, CA, Fleet Week, October 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 30, 1941: German Gen. Erwin Rommel retreats to El Agheila, Libya, and the positions held before his April offensive against the British.

Soviets take Kerch and Feodosiya in the Crimea.

Gandhi resigns from leadership of India’s Congress Party when it decides to support Britain.

Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, CA, launches its first Liberty-class cargo ship.