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February 4, 1942

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Commander of the German forces in North Africa, with his aides during the desert campaign, 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-785-0287-08)

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Commander of the German forces in North Africa, with his aides during the desert campaign, 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-785-0287-08)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 4, 1942: In North Africa, British retreat ends at Gazala, Libya.

Japanese take Ambon, Netherlands East Indies, from a small Australian garrison.

British troops surround Egyptian palace in Cairo to force King Farouk to abdicate.

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