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Today in World War II History—February 8, 1941

German Afrikakorps anti-tank unit pulling a 37 mm gun, North Africa, March 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-782-0016-34A)

German Afrikakorps anti-tank unit pulling a 37 mm gun, North Africa, March 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-782-0016-34A)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 8, 1941: German Afrika Korps begins departing Naples for North Africa to assist the Italians in their failing campaign against the British.

US military personnel secretly visit Bletchley Park in England, beginning signals-intelligence liaison relationship with Britain; they also bring “Magic” machine used for deciphering Japanese ciphers.