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Today in World War II History—April 11, 1941

Australian troops in a foxhole near Tobruk, Libya, 13 Aug 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 4792)

Australian troops in a foxhole near Tobruk, Libya, 13 Aug 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 4792)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 11, 1941: First military action by a US warship in WWII—destroyer USS Niblack drops depth charges on a supposed U-boat (a false sound contact).

German forces under Gen. Erwin Rommel surround Australian forces in Tobruk, Libya—siege will last until November 1941.

US forms Office of Price Administration to plan wage & price controls.

Movie premiere of Road to Zanzibar, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour.