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Today in World War II History—December 31, 1941

Japanese bicycle-mounted troops on Luzon, December 1941 (US Army Center of Military History)

Japanese bicycle-mounted troops on Luzon, December 1941 (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1941: US and Filipino forces form new defense line north of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines.

Japanese ships shell islands of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii.

US Navy transfers a carrier, 3 battleships, and 11 destroyers from the Atlantic to the Pacific Fleet.

New York City residents are urged not to use noisemakers for New Year’s Eve to avoid confusion with air raid alarms.