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Today in World War II History—May 23, 1941

Capt. Louis Mountbatten on the bridge of HMS Jackal, 1940s (Imperial War Museum: A 472)

Capt. Louis Mountbatten on the bridge of HMS Jackal, 1940s (Imperial War Museum: A 472)

80 Years Ago—May 23, 1941: Off Crete, Luftwaffe sinks destroyer HMS Kelly under Lord Louis Mountbatten (181 killed, 297 survive including Mountbatten).

In the first major trial of a resistance group in occupied France, Germans sentence 8 members of Nemrod intelligence network to death.

Joe Louis defeats Buddy Baer to retain the heavyweight boxing title.