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Today in World War II History—July 12, 1941

Finnish soldiers crossing the Finnish-Soviet border set at the end of the Winter War in 1940, crossing from Tohmajärvi, Finland, to Pälksaari, Russia, 12 July 1941 (Military Museum of Finland: 79952).

Finnish soldiers crossing the Finnish-Soviet border set at the end of the Winter War in 1940, crossing from Tohmajärvi, Finland, to Pälksaari, Russia, 12 July 1941 (Military Museum of Finland: 79952).

80 Years Ago—July 12, 1941: Britain and USSR sign mutual assistance pact, pledging not to seek separate peace.

German Luftwaffe bombs Moscow for the first time.

In Continuation War against the USSR, the Finnish Army of Karelia takes Kokkari and Tolvayärvi.

Jimmy Dorsey’s song “Green Eyes” hits the charts.