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Today in World War II History—January 3, 1941

Crew of gunboat HMS Ladybird operating a 6-inch 50-caliber Mk XIII gun during the bombardment of Bardia, Libya, 2 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 127945)

Crew of gunboat HMS Ladybird operating a 6-inch 50-caliber Mk XIII gun during the bombardment of Bardia, Libya, 2 Jan 1941 (Australian War Memorial: 127945)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 3, 1941: After suffering heavy losses, the Italian Air Force withdraws its aircraft from supporting the German Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.

Australian troops launch attack on Bardia, Libya in their first major action in WWII.

Medical study shows the antibiotic sulfanilamide reduces the death rate from pneumonia.

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