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Today in World War II History—July 2, 1941

PCanadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force recruiting poster, 1941

Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force recruiting poster, 1941

80 Years Ago—July 2, 1941: Japanese army orders draft of 1 million men.

Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is established, the first women’s military service in North America, under Flight Officer Kathleen Oonah Walker; 17,000 women will serve, with 30 deaths (renamed RCAF Women’s Division in February 1942).

Noël Coward’s play Blithe Spirit premieres in London.