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Today in World War II History—March 15, 1941

Recruiting poster for the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force, 1942 (Australian War Memorial ARTV01114)

Recruiting poster for the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force, 1942 (Australian War Memorial ARTV01114)

80 Years Ago—Mar. 15, 1941: United Press correspondent Richard Hottelet (American) is arrested by the Gestapo in Berlin on suspicion of espionage (released in July and exchanged for German prisoners).

German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau sink 15 Allied ships in the North Atlantic over the next two days.

Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force is established.

New song in Top Ten: “Georgia on My Mind.”

German battlecruisers Scharnhorst (left) and Gneisenau (right) in port, circa summer 1939 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 42203)

German battlecruisers Scharnhorst (left) and Gneisenau (right) in port, circa summer 1939 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 42203)