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Today in World War II History—Jan. 9, 1942

British Royal Engineers preparing to blow up a bridge in Malaya during the retreat to Singapore, Dec 1941 (Imperial War Museum)

British Royal Engineers preparing to blow up a bridge in Malaya during the retreat to Singapore, Dec 1941 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 9, 1942: Soviets begin offensive at Moscow and Smolensk (Battle of the Valdai Hills).

In Malaya, British begin withdrawal into Johore to protect Singapore.