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Today in World War II History—March 4, 1941

Raid on the Lofoten Islands: British Commandos watching fish oil tanks burning, 4 March 1941 (Imperial War Museum: N 396)

Raid on the Lofoten Islands: British Commandos watching fish oil tanks burning, 4 March 1941 (Imperial War Museum: N 396)

80 Years Ago—Mar. 4, 1941: British & Norwegian commandos raid Lofoten Islands, Norway, in first large-scale commando raid of WWII: destroy oil plants, sink 8 ships, confiscate two Enigma machines and code books, take 314 Norwegian volunteers to England, and capture 285 German prisoners.

Canada orders Japanese-Canadians 16 and older to register with Mounted Police as “suspicious aliens.”