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Today in World War II History—November 17, 1941

Japanese Ambassador Adm. Kichisaburo Nomura and Special Envoy Saburo Kurusu with US Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Washington DC, 17 Nov 1941 (Japanese government photo, public domain via WW2 Database)

Japanese Ambassador Adm. Kichisaburo Nomura and Special Envoy Saburo Kurusu with US Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Washington DC, 17 Nov 1941 (Japanese government photo, public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 17, 1941: British commandos raid German Gen. Erwin Rommel’s headquarters near Tobruk, Libya, but Rommel is away; only two commandos escape.

Japanese envoy Saburo Kurusu meets with US Secretary of State Cordell Hull in Washington, DC.

Gen. Ernst Udet, German Director of Air Armament, commits suicide, the second-highest WWI ace after the Red Baron.

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