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Today in World War II History—January 17, 1941

Thai coastal defense vessel Thonburi, January 1941, damaged in Battle of Ko Chang (public domain via Wikipedia)

Thai coastal defense vessel Thonburi, January 1941, damaged in Battle of Ko Chang (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 17, 1941: Battle of Ko Chang: Vichy French battle Thai incursion into French Indochina and defeat Thai forces in naval battle in Gulf of Siam.

Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Chinese forces disband Mao’s Communist 4th Army and arrest the top officers.