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Today in World War II History—October 24, 1941

Germans entering Kharkov, Ukraine, late Oct 1941 (German Federal Archive, Bild 183-B13548)

Germans entering Kharkov, Ukraine, late Oct 1941 (German Federal Archive, Bild 183-B13548)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 24, 1941: Germans take Kharkov, Ukraine and Belgorod, Russia.

Today in World War II History—October 23, 1941

Gen. Charles de Gaulle of France, 1942 (Library of Congress)

Gen. Charles de Gaulle of France, 1942 (Library of Congress)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 23, 1941: French Gen. Charles de Gaulle asks French resistance to stop assassinating Nazis, to prevent further reprisals.

Nazis massacre 24,000 Jews in Odessa in reprisal for the death of Gen. Glugoscianu the day before.

Movie premiere of Disney’s Dumbo.

Today in World War II History—October 22, 1941

Notice of execution of French hostages by the Nazis on 22 October 1941 from 23 Oct issue of L'Œuvre (photo of exhibit in Exposition Métro via Wikimedia Creative Commons, image Expometro GM 2485.JPG)

Notice of execution of French hostages by the Nazis on 22 October 1941 from 23 Oct issue of L’Œuvre (photo of exhibit in Exposition Métro via Wikimedia Creative Commons, image Expometro GM 2485.JPG)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 22, 1941: In reprisal for resistance assassinations of two German officials in France, the Nazis execute 98 hostages, including 17-year-old Guy Môquet, who becomes a martyr.

In Odessa, a time bomb left by Soviets kills 67, including Gen. Glugoscianu, the Romanian (allied with Germans) commander of Odessa.

Today in World War II History—October 21, 1941

Map of US Army Air Corps Atlantic Ferrying and Transport Routes, 1941 (Craven, Wesley F. & Cate, James L. The Army Air Forces in World War II. Volume One: Plans and Early Operations; September 1939 to August 1942, public domain)

Map of US Army Air Corps Atlantic Ferrying and Transport Routes, 1941 (Craven, Wesley F. & Cate, James L. The Army Air Forces in World War II. Volume One: Plans and Early Operations; September 1939 to August 1942, public domain)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 21, 1941: French resistance shoots Nazi administrator in Bordeaux, Maj. Hans-Gottfried Reimers.

Pan Am begins DC-3 military air transport services to Egypt.

Today in World War II History—October 20, 1941

USS Hornet (CV-8), late 1941 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 81313)

USS Hornet (CV-8), late 1941 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 81313)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 20, 1941: Carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) is commissioned under Capt. Marc Mitscher.

Germans massacre 2324 Serbian men and boys in Kragujevac in response to partisan killing of ten Germans.

French resistance assassinates Col. Karl Hotz, German commander in Nantes.

Today in World War II History—October 19, 1941

Women and elderly men from Moscow digging tank trap outside the city, Oct. 1941 (public domain via United States Information Agency)

Women and elderly men from Moscow digging tank trap outside the city, Oct. 1941 (public domain via United States Information Agency)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 19, 1941: Stalin announces he’ll stay in Moscow, and he declares a state of siege.

Germans close Vyazma pocket in Russia, taking 670,000 Soviet POWs.

Today in World War II History—October 18, 1941

British poster for Target for Tonight (Imperial War Museum: Art.IWM PST 4015)

British poster for Target for Tonight (Imperial War Museum: Art.IWM PST 4015)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 18, 1941: Gen. Hideki Tojo becomes Prime Minister of Japan and forms a military government.

US movie premiere of Target for Tonight, a documentary about an RAF bombing raid on Germany.

In Tokyo, Japanese arrest Soviet spy Richard Sorge, who is posing as a German correspondent.

Japanese Prime Minister Tojo and his cabinet ministers, Tokyo, Japan, 18 Oct 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Japanese Prime Minister Tojo and his cabinet ministers, Tokyo, Japan, 18 Oct 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Today in World War II History—October 17, 1941

Destroyer USS Kearny at Reykjavik, Iceland, 19 October 1941, two days after being torpedoed by U-568; destroyer USS Monssen is alongside; note the torpedo hole (US Naval History and Heritage Command: 80-G-28788)

Destroyer USS Kearny at Reykjavik, Iceland, 19 October 1941, two days after being torpedoed by U-568; destroyer USS Monssen is alongside; note the torpedo hole (US Naval History and Heritage Command: 80-G-28788)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 17, 1941: In Convoy SC-48 off Iceland, German U-boat U-568 torpedoes and damages destroyer USS Kearny; first US casualties of the war—11 killed, 22 wounded.

U-boats sink seven other ships in Convoy SC-48.

US Army Air Force establishes Air Service Command (supply and maintenance) under Brig. Gen. Henry Miller at Wright Field, OH.

Today in World War II History—October 16, 1941

Soviet poster urging defense of Moscow, October 1941

Soviet poster urging defense of Moscow, October 1941

80 Years Ago—Oct. 16, 1941: Except for Stalin, the Soviet government evacuates from Moscow to Kuibyshev.

German & Romanian troops take Odessa, Ukraine.

Japanese government under Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe resigns.

Germans begin deportation of Jews from Germany and Luxembourg.