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Today in World War II History—July 28, 1941

German cavalry in village near Mogilev, Byelorussia, 28 July 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-137-1032-14A)

80 Years Ago—July 28, 1941: Soviets advance into Smolensk pocket. Japan freezes American assets. Japanese troops land in southern French Indochina.

Today in World War II History—July 26, 1941

Douglas MacArthur at the induction ceremony of Philippine Army Air Corps, Zablan Field, Camp Murphy, Rizal, Philippine Islands, 15 Aug 1941 (US National Archives: SC 128885)

80 Years Ago—July 26, 1941: In response to Japanese occupation of French Indochina, President Roosevelt requires approval of all sales to Japan (including oil; US supplies 80% of Japan’s oil) and closes Panama Canal to Japanese shipping. US & Britain freeze Japanese assets. Gen. Douglas MacArthur is recalled to service and placed in charge of… Read more »

Today in World War II History—July 25, 1941

Gen. Heinz Guderian at a forward command post for one of his Panzer regiments near Kiev, Ukraine, 31 July 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-L19885)

80 Years Ago—July 25, 1941: In the Ukraine, the largest tank battle of the war so far begins; the Germans will prevail after a four-day battle. Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox earns his 300th career win, which is also his last win before retirement.

Today in World War II History—July 24, 1941

Japanese troops enter Saigon by bicycle, 24 July 1941 (Japanese army photo)

80 Years Ago—July 24, 1941: Japan begins to occupy northern French Indochina with permission of Vichy France, entering Hanoi and Saigon.

Today in World War II History—July 23, 1941

Maj James A. Ellison reviews first class of Tuskegee Airmen, returning the salute of Mac Ross, one of the first graduates, Tuskegee Army Air Field, AL, 1941 (US Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—July 23, 1941: Germans take Brest-Litovsk, Byelorussia after a month-long siege. Vichy France allows Japan to occupy French Indochina. Tuskegee Army Airfield is officially established to train Black pilots. Movie premiere of comedy Here Comes Mr. Jordan, starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, and Claude Rains.

Today in World War II History—July 22, 1941

Battleship USS Texas in the Gatun Locks of Panama Canal, 21 Jun 1937 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: NH 63508)

80 Years Ago—July 22, 1941: Vichy France requires Jews to register their businesses, excluding them from commerce and industry. Germans halt just south of Leningrad to rest and gain supplies; Soviets reinforce the line. Last Japanese ship departs the Panama Canal.

Today in World War II History—July 21, 1941

US poster encouraging conservation of metal for military purposes. Read more: "Make It Do--Metal Shortages in World War II" on Sarah Sundin's blog.

80 Years Ago—July 21, 1941: The German Luftwaffe begins aerial assault on Moscow at night. Nazis open Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin in occupied Poland. US starts a national aluminum salvage drive. (Read more “Make It Do – Metal Shortages in World War II” and “Make It Do – Scrap Drives in World War II.”)

Today in World War II History—July 20, 1941

Soviet poster stating “Motherland Calling,” July 1941

  80 Years Ago—July 20, 1941: Stalin declares himself Soviet Defense Commissar. Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, formerly considered an enemy of the state by the USSR, makes a radio broadcast urging resistance to the Nazi invasion.

Today in World War II History—July 19, 1941

Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Downing Street, London, 5 Jun 1943 (Imperial War Museum)

80 Years Ago—July 19, 1941: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives a speech about BBC’s “V for Victory” campaign promoting resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe (Beethoven’s Fifth (V) Symphony as theme music—opening chords sound like dot-dot-dot-dash, the Morse code for the letter V); after this, Churchill begins flashing the V for Victory. Capt. Benjamin O. Davis… Read more »