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Today in World War II History—March 17, 1941

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, soon after its construction in 1941 (US government photo)

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, soon after its construction in 1941 (US government photo)

80 Years Ago—Mar. 17, 1941: In convoy HX-112, British destroyer Walker causes German U-boat U-99 to scuttle (40/43 captured, including famous captain Otto Kretschmer).

British begin to ration jam, marmalade, syrup, and treacle (8 oz per month).

National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, DC.

Destroyer HMS Walker underway, WWII (Imperial War Museum: A 4593)

Destroyer HMS Walker underway, WWII (Imperial War Museum: A 4593)