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Today in World War II History—May 13, 1941

Martin Bormann, 1939 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1968-100-21A)

Martin Bormann, 1939 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1968-100-21A)

80 Years Ago—May 13, 1941: Martin Bormann replaces Rudolf Hess (who stole plane May 10, 1941 and flew to Scotland in unauthorized attempt to encourage British to seek peace) as Nazi Party Chancellor, third in command to Hitler.

Hitler cancels all courts-martial for German soldiers during the upcoming invasion of the USSR and permits execution of Soviet civilian leaders.