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Today in World War II History—December 14, 1940 & 1945

25-Pounder Mark II gun of Sergeant Pearse of 1st Battery, A Troop, Australian 2/1st Field Artillery Regiment bombarding Bardia, Libya, 29 Dec 1940 (Australian War Memorial: 005307)

25-Pounder Mark II gun of Sergeant Pearse of 1st Battery, A Troop, Australian 2/1st Field Artillery Regiment bombarding Bardia, Libya, 29 Dec 1940 (Australian War Memorial: 005307)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 14, 1940: Australian troops relieve Indian troops in Egypt; Indian troops are sent to the Sudan.

Plutonium-238 is first produced and isolated at the University of California, Berkeley, but not identified until February 1941.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 14, 1945: Musical Dream Girl premieres in New York City.