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Today in World War II History—May 19, 1941

Ethiopian men gather in Addis Ababa to hear proclamation announcing return of Emperor Haile Selassie in May 1941 (Imperial War Museum: K 325)

Ethiopian men gather in Addis Ababa to hear proclamation announcing return of Emperor Haile Selassie in May 1941 (Imperial War Museum: K 325)

80 Years Ago—May 19, 1941: Italian army in Ethiopia surrenders to British, ending organized resistance in East Africa.

Luftwaffe attacks RAF fields on Crete, and RAF evacuates 7 remaining fighter planes from Crete to Egypt.

Ho Chi Minh establishes the communist Viet Minh party to oppose both the Japanese and the French.

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