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Today in World War II History—December 31, 1940 & 1945

US poster urging conservation of rubber, WWII

US poster urging conservation of rubber, WWII

80 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1940: Three French scientists who specialize in High-Frequency Direction-Finding equipment (HF/DF) arrive in New Jersey, having escaped Nazi-occupied France; they will work with the US Navy.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1945: US National War Labor Board is disbanded.

US ends tire rationing. [Read more: “Make It Do—Tire Rationing in World War II”]

Australian Women’s Land Army for farm workers is disbanded.

Radiation Laboratory at MIT is closed; the Rad Lab had completed over 100 radar systems, half of the systems used by the US in WWII.