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Today in World War II History—November 21, 1941

MGM movie poster for Shadow of the Thin Man, 1941 (public domain)

MGM movie poster for Shadow of the Thin Man, 1941 (public domain)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 21, 1941: Australian garrison at Tobruk attempts breakout to meet up with British thrust across Libya.

Movie premieres of Shadow of the Thin Man, starring William Powell & Myrna Loy, and western They Died with Their Boots On, starring Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland.

George R. Stewart’s bestselling novel Storm is published, which leads the US National Weather Service to begin naming storms in 1953.

British Crusader tank passing a burning German Panzer IV in North Africa during Operation Crusader, 27 Nov 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 6751)

British Crusader tank passing a burning German Panzer IV in North Africa during Operation Crusader, 27 Nov 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 6751)

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