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Today in World War II History—Feb. 1, 1942

Lt. Cdr. Bill Burch and Ens. Thomas Reeves flying SBD dive bombers over Makin, Gilbert Islands, 1 Feb 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Lt. Cdr. Bill Burch and Ens. Thomas Reeves flying SBD dive bombers over Makin, Gilbert Islands, 1 Feb 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 1, 1942: German Navy starts using 4-rotor Enigma machines, throwing off Allied code-breaking for eleven months.

Nazis form puppet government in Norway with Vidkun Quisling as prime minister.

US ships and aircraft from carriers Enterprise and Yorktown strike the Marshall and Gilbert Islands in the first offensive action by the US in the war.