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Today in World War II History—September 9, 1941

Lt. Gen. Sir Alan Cunningham when commanding the British Eighth Army in the Western Desert (Imperial War Museum: E 6661)

Lt. Gen. Sir Alan Cunningham when commanding the British Eighth Army in the Western Desert (Imperial War Museum: E 6661)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 9, 1941: Iran formally submits to Allied occupation (USSR north of Tehran, UK south, Tehran shared), which aids in bringing Allied supplies to the USSR.

British Eighth Army is established under Lt. Gen. Alan Cunningham, which will fight in North Africa.

US Senate opens investigation into pro-war propaganda in film and radio, launched by isolationist Sen. Burton Wheeler; adjourns in one week after a firestorm of criticism.

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