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Today in World War II History—January 4, 1940 & 1945

Adm. Lord Louis Mountbatten observing Mandalay from a distance aboard a WC command car, Burma, 13-18 Jan 1945 (Imperial War Museum: SE 1403)

Adm. Lord Louis Mountbatten observing Mandalay from a distance aboard a WC command car, Burma, 13-18 Jan 1945 (Imperial War Museum: SE 1403)

80 Years Ago—January 4, 1940: Britain requisitions all merchant ships for the war effort.

75 Years Ago—Jan. 4, 1945: In Burma, British secure Akyab Island; Burma is now secured from Akyab to Mandalay and north of the Irrawaddy River.