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Today in World War II History—Feb. 22, 1943

Sophie Scholl, 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Sophie Scholl, 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 22, 1943: Nazis try and execute Hans & Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, and 4 other leaders of White Rose resistance group.

In Norway, Nazi collaborationist Quisling orders conscription of 35,000 Norwegian men for military construction.

Battleship USS Iowa is commissioned, New York Naval Yard, first of four Iowa-class battleships, the last US battleships (currently a museum ship in Long Beach, CA).

Battleship USS Iowa commissioning ceremony, New York Naval Shipyard, New York, 22 Feb 1943 (US National Archives)

Battleship USS Iowa commissioning ceremony, New York Naval Shipyard, New York, 22 Feb 1943 (US National Archives)