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Today in World War II History—December 31, 1942

Painting of the Battle of the Barents Sea, 31 December 1942, by Irwin J. Kappes, 2009; the ship depicted is the German destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt (Via Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Painting of the Battle of the Barents Sea, 31 December 1942, by Irwin J. Kappes, 2009; the ship depicted is the German destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt (Via Wikipedia Creative Commons)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1942: Battle of the Barents Sea: German cruiser force fails to stop Allied convoy JW-51B, the last major German naval sortie with surface ships; this defeat will lead to Grand Adm. Erich Raeder’s resignation from command of the German Navy.

Submarine USS Nautilus evacuates 29 civilians from Teop Island in the Solomons, including 14 nuns who had evaded the Japanese for 9 months.

Times Square New Year’s ball drop is replaced with a moment of silence due to the blackout.

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