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Today in World War II History—February 5, 1940 & 1945

British poster, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

British poster, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

80 Years Ago—February 5, 1940: First sinking of a U-boat by a lone British destroyer: in convoy OA-84 off Land’s End, HMS Antelope sinks U-41.

Glenn Miller records “Tuxedo Junction.”

Jimmie Davis records “You Are My Sunshine,” which becomes a hit.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 5, 1945: US Seventh and French Armies link, splitting the Colmar pocket in France.

RAF Balloon Command is disbanded as the air raid threat lessens.