Today in World War II History—January 11, 1942
80 Years Ago—Jan. 11, 1942: Japanese invade the Netherlands East Indies, landing at Tarakan, Borneo, and in Celebes.
Japanese take Kuala Lumpur, Malaya.
Operation Paukenschlag (“roll of the kettledrums”) is set to begin: first group of 5 German U-boats (U-66, U-109, U-123, U-125, U-130) takes up station off the US East Coast; will sink 26 ships in a month.