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Today in World War II History—December 12, 1940

Head of the Library of Congress Archibald MacLeish and British Ambassador Lord Lothian posing in front of the Magna Carta, Washington, DC, 28 Nov 1939 (Library of Congress)

Head of the Library of Congress Archibald MacLeish and British Ambassador Lord Lothian posing in front of the Magna Carta, Washington, DC, 28 Nov 1939 (Library of Congress)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 12, 1940: Luftwaffe bombs Sheffield, England in a raid that lasts nine hours.

Philip Kerr, Lord Lothian, British ambassador to the US, dies in Washington, DC.

Britain begins “Potato Pete” potato promotion drive and begins opening government-run fish & chips shops.

“Potato Pete” poster, British, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

“Potato Pete” poster, British, WWII (Imperial War Museum)