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Today in World War II History—February 15, 1940 & 1945

WAC Major Charity E. Adams and Captain Abbie N. Campbell inspecting members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, England, 15 Feb 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-20079)

WAC Major Charity E. Adams and Captain Abbie N. Campbell inspecting members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, England, 15 Feb 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-20079)

80 Years Ago—February 15, 1940: Germany declares that all British merchant ships will be regarded as warships.

Map showing the clearing of the Bataan Peninsula, 12-21 February 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

Map showing the clearing of the Bataan Peninsula, 12-21 February 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 15, 1945: US Sixth Army lands at Mariveles on tip of Bataan peninsula on Luzon, takes Mariveles and its airfield.

As Japanese advance, US Fourteenth Air Force evacuates last of its eastern China airfields, can no longer raid the South China Sea.

First African-American members of Women’s Army Corps arrive in Britain.