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Today in World War II History—November 5, 1941

Emperor Hirohito, Empress Kojun, and their children, 7 Dec 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Emperor Hirohito, Empress Kojun, and their children, 7 Dec 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1941: Japanese Imperial Conference, including Emperor Hirohito, decides to go to war against US, UK, and the Netherlands in early December if Japanese demands are not met.

Joint Board of the US Army and Navy agrees the primary objective is to defeat Germany and avoid war with Japan.