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Today in World War II History—June 1, 1941

British “Make Do and Mend” poster, WWII (Imperial War Museum: PST 4773)

British “Make Do and Mend” poster, WWII (Imperial War Museum: PST 4773)

80 Years Ago—June 1, 1941: Germans secure Crete; however, heavy German losses lead Hitler to suspend further large-scale airborne operations.

Britain begins clothes and shoe rationing for adults—66 coupons per year, providing one complete outfit.

Pro-British government reinstated in Iraq, under Amir Abdul Illah.

Mel Ott of the New York Giants hits his 400th home run, a record.