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Today in World War II History—May 18, 1941

Map showing the Axis partition of Yugoslavia, 1941 (Source: Wikipedia, public domain)

Map showing the Axis partition of Yugoslavia, 1941 (Source: Wikipedia, public domain)

80 Years Ago—May 18, 1941: Italy annexes Yugoslavian province of Dalmatia.

USSR begins purge of Soviet air force officers—only a month before the German invasion of the USSR.