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Today in World War II History—February 7, 1941

Italian prisoners captured during the assault on Bardia, Libya, march to a British army base on 6 January 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 1579)

Italian prisoners captured during the assault on Bardia, Libya, march to a British army base on 6 January 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 1579)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 7, 1941: In Libya, the British are victorious at Beda Fomm; 20,000 troops of the Italian Tenth Army surrender.

US Naval Academy class of 1941 graduates four months early due to the national emergency; 41 members will be killed in action during WWII.