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Today in World War II History—January 11, 1942

Japanese troops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 11 Jan 1942 (Imperial War Museum: 5707-03 HU 2776)

Japanese troops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 11 Jan 1942 (Imperial War Museum: 5707-03 HU 2776)

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.

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