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Today in World War II History—August 25, 1941

Iranian gunboat Babr after being shelled by the British Navy during the invasion of Iran, 25 August 1941 (Iranian govt photo, public domain)

Iranian gunboat Babr after being shelled by the British Navy during the invasion of Iran, 25 August 1941 (Iranian govt photo, public domain)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 25, 1941: British and Soviets invade Axis-leaning Iran to secure a supply route to the USSR.

Royal Navy sinks or captures most Iranian naval ships.

British, Canadian, and Norwegian commandos raid Spitzbergen, Norway, to evacuate Norwegian miners and destroy coal mines.

Keesler Army Air Field is dedicated in Biloxi, MS.