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Today in World War II History—Mar. 5, 1942

Gen. Sir Alan Brooke (public domain via WW2 Database)

Gen. Sir Alan Brooke (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 5, 1942: Gen. Sir Alan Brooke becomes chairman of British Chiefs of Staff, in addition to his position as Chief of Imperial General Staff.

British expand conscription to men 41-45 and women 20-30.

First Naval Construction Battalion established and officially nicknamed “Seabees.”

US Civil Air Patrol begins antisubmarine patrols on East Coast; base established at Rehoboth, DE.US Civil Air Patrol poster, WWII