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Today in World War II History—Jan. 11, 1942

Japanese troops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 11 Jan 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

Japanese troops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 11 Jan 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 11, 1942: Japanese land at Tarakan, Borneo and in Celebes in Netherlands East Indies.

Japanese take Kuala Lumpur, Malaya.

Operation Paukenschlag (“roll of the kettledrums”) is set to begin: first group of 5 German U-boats (U-66, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-130) takes up station off US East Coast; will sink 26 ships in a month.