Today in World War II History—February 12, 1940 & 1945

British poster, WWII (National Archives, UK)

British poster, WWII (National Archives, UK)

80 Years Ago—February 12, 1940: British minesweeper HMS Gleaner sinks German U-boat U-33 in the Firth of Forth, capturing Enigma machine rotors.

Britain institutes paper rationing: newspapers, businesses, and government to decrease use by 40%.

“The Adventures of Superman” radio show premieres in the US.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 12, 1945: B-29 Superfortresses of the US XXI Bomber Command begin pre-invasion bombing of Iwo Jima.