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Today in World War II History—November 10, 1941

SB2U Vindicator scout bomber flying anti-submarine patrol over Convoy WS-12X en route for Cape Town, South Africa, 27 Nov 1941; note cruisers USS Vincennes and USS Quincy (US National Archives: 80-G-464654)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 10, 1941: US Army updates uniform regulations: the Parsons field jacket and M1 steel helmet are added. First US-escorted troop convoy, WS-12X, sails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for India via Cape of Good Hope with 20,000 British troops.

Today in World War II History—November 9, 1941

Italian destroyer Fulmine (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 9, 1941: Germans take Yalta in the Crimea. Soviets finish evacuation of 23,000 troops from the Crimea. In Axis “Duisburg” convoy off Malta, Royal Navy sinks Italian destroyers Fulmine and Libeccio and seven German and Italian transports and tankers.

Today in World War II History—November 8, 1941

Poster for the US Victory Book Campaign, 1942-43

80 Years Ago—Nov. 8, 1941: German Army Group North takes Tikhvin, Russia, endangering Soviet supply line to besieged Leningrad. First meeting of the National Defense Book Campaign (later called the Victory Book Campaign), founded by the American Library Association, the American Red Cross, and the USO to provide books for servicemen (Read more: “Books in… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 7, 1941

Soviet stamp in honor of the 7 Nov 1941 parade in honor of the Soviet Revolution (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 7, 1941: USSR celebrates the anniversary of the Revolution with a parade in Red Square, despite presence of the German army on outskirts of Moscow. US amends Neutrality Acts to allow merchant ships to be armed, effective November 18, 1941. German Army of Norway is ordered back to from northern Finland; in… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 5, 1941

Emperor Hirohito, Empress Kojun, and their children, 7 Dec 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1941: Japanese Imperial Conference, including Emperor Hirohito, decides to go to war against US, UK, and the Netherlands in early December if Japanese demands are not met. Joint Board of the US Army and Navy agrees the primary objective is to defeat Germany and avoid war with Japan.

Today in World War II History—November 4, 1941

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia in Hyde Park, 27 August 1938 (US National Archives: 196764)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 4, 1941: Finnish troops recapture naval base of Hanko, Finland, from Soviets. Fiorello La Guardia wins third term as mayor of New York City.

Today in World War II History—November 3, 1941

First edition cover of The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1941

80 Years Ago—Nov. 3, 1941: Off Greece, in the first attack by a submarine using radar, HMS Proteus damages Italian tanker Tampico. US Fourth Army Intelligence School holds the first Japanese language class at the Presidio in San Francisco, with 4 Nisei instructors; 58/60 students are Nisei; the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) will recruit over… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 2, 1941

Tatsuta Maru, marked with symbols of safe passage, as seen through the periscope of the submarine USS Kingfish, October 1942 (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 2, 1941: Tatsuta Maru leaves Honolulu with Japanese nationals leaving the US; the last passenger ship to leave the US for Japan before Pearl Harbor. Pilots of the China National Air Corporation make first flight over the “Hump,” the China-Burma air supply route over the Himalayas.

Today in World War II History—November 1, 1941

US Coast Guard recruiting poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—Nov. 1, 1941: US Coast Guard is transferred from the Treasury Department to the Navy for the duration of the national emergency. US Selective Service issues local draft boards a list of key occupations recommended for deferment.