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Today in World War II History—December 9, 1941

US poster, WWII

US poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—Dec. 9, 1941: Soviets retake Tikhvin, Russia, allowing easier supplying of Leningrad.

Japanese invade the Gilbert Islands, landing on Tarawa and Makin.

Japanese occupy Bangkok, Thailand.

New England and New York City have their first air raid alerts; schools and defense plants are evacuated.