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Today in World War II History—October 27, 1941

US Navy Day poster, 1941 (Bureau of Naval Personnel)

US Navy Day poster, 1941 (Bureau of Naval Personnel)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 27, 1941: On Navy Day, President Roosevelt asks Congress to allow the arming of US merchant ships (after USS Kearny torpedoed by U-boat 10/17).

German 11th Army breaks through the Perekop Isthmus into the Crimean peninsula.