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Today in World War II History—March 26, 1941

A boarding party from the Italian torpedo boat Sirio inspects the wreckage of HMS York at Suda Bay, Crete, June 1942 (public domain, Italian government photo)

A boarding party from the Italian torpedo boat Sirio inspects the wreckage of HMS York at Suda Bay, Crete, June 1942 (public domain, Italian government photo)

80 Years Ago—Mar. 26, 1941: Italians attack British ships at Suda Bay, Crete with the first use of manned torpedoes with a detachable warhead in history, damaging heavy cruiser HMS York.

British Military Intelligence launches program to send maps to POWs in board games.

Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg’s Institute for Research on the Jewish Question opens in Frankfurt, Germany; by 1943, the library will have half a million looted books.