Today in World War II History—February 12, 1941
80 Years Ago—Feb. 12, 1941: German Lt. Gen. Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli, Libya; his Afrikakorps will join the Italian fight against the British in North Africa.
Howard Florey gives penicillin to a human for the first time—mortally ill Albert Alexander in Oxford, who improves but then dies due to an insufficient supply.
In convoy SLS-64 off Madeira, German cruiser Admiral Hipper sinks 7 Allied freighters.