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Today in World War II History—Feb. 4, 1942

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Commander of the German forces in North Africa, with his aides during the desert campaign, 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-785-0287-08)

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Commander of the German forces in North Africa, with his aides during the desert campaign, 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-785-0287-08)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 4, 1942: In North Africa, British retreat from German drive ends at Gazala, Libya.

Japanese take Ambon, Netherlands East Indies from small Australian garrison.

British seize Egyptian palace in Cairo to force the abdication of pro-Axis King Farouk.