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Today in World War II History—May 2, 1941

RAF airfield at Habbaniya, Iraq, 1941 (British Army photo)

RAF airfield at Habbaniya, Iraq, 1941 (British Army photo)

80 Years Ago—May 2, 1941: British and Indian troops secure Basra, Iraq, from pro-Axis Iraqi forces.

Iraqis shell RAF airfield at Habbaniya, and British start air strikes against Iraqi forces near RAF Habbaniya.

Mufti Amin al-Husseini in Baghdad declares jihad to drive “British infidels” from Iraq & Palestine.

Today in World War II History—May 1, 1941

US Defense Bond poster, 1942

US Defense Bond poster, 1942

80 Years Ago—May 1, 1941: US Defense Savings Bonds and Stamps go on sale.

General Mills introduces CheeriOats cereal, renamed Cheerios in 1945.

Movie premiere of Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles, at RKO Palace in New York City.

Movie poster for the US release of Citizen Kane, 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Movie poster for the US release of Citizen Kane, 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Today in World War II History—April 30, 1941

Arab Legionnaires guard the landing ground in Transjordan, as RAF Gloster Gladiators refuel on journey from Ismailia, Egypt, to besieged Habbaniya, Iraq, 8 May 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CM 774)

Arab Legionnaires guard the landing ground in Transjordan, as RAF Gloster Gladiators refuel on journey from Ismailia, Egypt, to besieged Habbaniya, Iraq, 8 May 1941 (Imperial War Museum: CM 774)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 30, 1941: Germans occupy all of Greece; final Allied troops are evacuated (50,000 evacuated total).

Iraqi forces surround British air base at Habbaniya, Iraq.

Today in World War II History—April 29, 1941

Firemen hang a Union Jack on a lamppost after an air raid on Plymouth, England, early 1941 (Imperial War Museum: HU 36253)

Firemen hang a Union Jack on a lamppost after an air raid on Plymouth, England, early 1941 (Imperial War Museum: HU 36253)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 29, 1941: Heavy Luftwaffe air raid on Plymouth, England.

Today in World War II History—April 28, 1941

Cryolite (essential for production of aluminum) mine, Ivigtut, Greenland, summer 1940 (US Coast Guard photo)

Cryolite (essential for production of aluminum) mine, Ivigtut, Greenland, summer 1940 (US Coast Guard photo)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 28, 1941: Greece is divided into German, Italian, and Bulgarian occupied zones.

US occupies Greenland to protect it for Nazi-occupied Denmark and to establish air bases.

Charles Lindbergh resigns as a colonel in the Army Air Corps reserve after President Roosevelt condemns his isolationist speeches.

Today in World War II History—April 27, 1941

German soldiers raise the swastika on the Acropolis, 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-164-0389-23A)

German soldiers raise the swastika on the Acropolis, 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-164-0389-23A)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 27, 1941: Germans occupy Athens, Greece, and raise the swastika over the Acropolis.

Greek government surrenders to the Germans.

Off Greece, the German Luftwaffe sinks Dutch liner SS Slamat evacuating British troops to Crete (838/843 killed).

Dutch ocean liner SS Slamat, August 1940 (Australian War Memorial: 303942)

Dutch ocean liner SS Slamat, August 1940 (Australian War Memorial: 303942)

Today in World War II History—April 26, 1941

German paratroopers entering Corinth, Greece, April 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1977-122-16)

German paratroopers entering Corinth, Greece, April 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1977-122-16)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 26, 1941: Germans take Corinth, Greece.

First organ is installed at a baseball stadium—at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs.

Today in World War II History—April 25, 1941

Crew of a British Cruiser Mk IV tank studying a map in the Western Desert, Egypt, 30 Apr 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 2640)

Crew of a British Cruiser Mk IV tank studying a map in the Western Desert, Egypt, 30 Apr 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 2640)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 25, 1941: German troops under Gen. Erwin Rommel take Halfaya Pass on Egypt-Libya border and enter Egypt.

President Roosevelt calls Charles Lindbergh a defeatist and likens him to Civil War Copperheads (Northerners who opposed Lincoln).

Movie premiere of musical Ziegfeld Girl, starring James Stewart, Judy Garland, Lana Turner.

Today in World War II History—April 24, 1941

RAF Sunderland flying boats waiting to pick up British troops for evacuation, Kalamata, Greece, Apr 28, 1941 (Imperial War Museum)

RAF Sunderland flying boats waiting to pick up British troops for evacuation, Kalamata, Greece, Apr 28, 1941 (Imperial War Museum)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 24, 1941: As Germans advance, British forces in Greece begin evacuation to Crete and Egypt; 50,000 troops will be evacuated.

Movie premiere of drama Penny Serenade, starring Cary Grant & Irene Dunne.

Today in World War II History—April 23, 1941

Logo of isolationist America First organization, 1940-41

Logo of isolationist America First organization, 1940-41

80 Years Ago—Apr. 23, 1941: King George of Greece and his government are evacuated to Crete as the Germans advance.

Charles Lindbergh speaks to 30,000 in New York, in the first mass meeting of the America First Committee, which wants to keep the US out of WWII; Lindbergh condemns Britain for the war.