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Today in World War II History—October 7, 1941

John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, 1942 (National Library of Australia: 137128148)

John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, 1942 (National Library of Australia: 137128148)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 7, 1941: To boost morale in the USSR as the Germans advance, Stalin lifts the ban on religion and permits many churches to reopen.

Germans break through Vyazma defense line in Russia.

Due to parliamentary elections in Australia, John Curtin replaces Arthur Fadden as prime minister.

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