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Today in World War II History—January 14, 1941

V for Victory poster, WWII

V for Victory poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—Jan. 14, 1941: Off Antarctica, German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin captures 14 Norwegian whaling ships without firing a single shot or causing a single casualty.

The “V for Victory” is suggested by former Belgian Minister of Justice Victor de Lavelaye, in a BBC broadcast from London to Nazi-occupied Belgium, Holland, and France.

Norwegian whaling factory ship Pelagos, 1931, captured by Pinguin 14 January 1941 (public domain via Vestfold Fylkesmuseum Digitalt bildearkiv and Wikipedia)

Norwegian whaling factory ship Pelagos, 1931, captured by Pinguin 14 January 1941 (public domain via Vestfold Fylkesmuseum Digitalt bildearkiv and Wikipedia)