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Today in World War II History—Sept. 1, 1940 & 1945

Chiune Sugihara (public domain via Wikipedia)

Chiune Sugihara (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 1, 1940: Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara is forced to leave Lithuania after writing exit visas for thousands of Jews—he continues to pass visas out the train window as he leaves.

Karl Dönitz, commander of Germany’s U-boat fleet, is promoted to vice admiral.

Make Do and Mend poster, Britain, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

Make Do and Mend poster, Britain, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 1, 1945: US soldiers liberate two civilian internment camps in the Tokyo area.

US ends military rule in the Philippines and turns over civil administration to President Sergio Osmeña.

Britain reduces clothing ration to 3 coupons per month; clothing rationing remains until April 30, 1946.