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Today in World War II History—July 15, 1941

 

Draft map of the Pan-American Security Zone for the Declaration of Panama, October 1939 (US Department of State)

Draft map of the Pan-American Security Zone for the Declaration of Panama, October 1939 (US Department of State)

80 Years Ago—July 15, 1941: Double agent Juan Garcia (“Garbo”), working for Britain, sends his first fake communiqué to Berlin.

Germans encircle 300,000 Soviets in Smolensk pocket, which delays the drive on Moscow.

US extends Security Zone from 26˚ W to 22˚ W, including Iceland within Western Hemisphere defense zone.