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Today in World War II History—Sept. 4, 1940 & 1945

Logo of isolationist America First Committee, 1940-41

Logo of isolationist America First Committee, 1940-41

80 Years Ago—Sept. 4, 1940: Hitler vows to eradicate British cities.

The commander at the RAF field at Biggin Hill blows up his own hangars to stop Luftwaffe raids.

America First Committee, an isolationist group dedicated to keeping the US out of WWII, is established in Chicago, originating with Yale students.

General Seishiro Itagaki signing surrender documents aboard HMS Sussex at Singapore, 4 Sep 1945 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-01 A 30481)

General Seishiro Itagaki signing surrender documents aboard HMS Sussex at Singapore, 4 Sep 1945 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-01 A 30481)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 4, 1945: Japanese forces in Singapore and Malaya surrender to the British.

German weather station Haudegen at Spitsbergen, Norway surrenders to a Norwegian seal hunter, the final German unit to surrender.