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Today in World War II History—February 3, 1941

Adm. Husband Kimmel aboard USS San Francisco, 1939 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 50266)

Adm. Husband Kimmel aboard USS San Francisco, 1939 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 50266)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 3, 1941: US Navy establishes Pacific Fleet under Adm. Husband Kimmel, Atlantic Fleet under Adm. Ernest King, and Asiatic Fleet under Adm. Thomas Hart.

German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau start raids on British shipping in the Atlantic, will sink 22 ships by March 22.