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Today in World War II History—November 4, 1940

Kapitänleutnant Otto Kretschmer, commander of U-99, November 1940 (German Federal Archives: Bild 183-L22207)

Kapitänleutnant Otto Kretschmer, commander of U-99, November 1940 (German Federal Archives: Bild 183-L22207)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 4, 1940: Off Ireland, U-99 sinks British armed merchant cruiser Patroclus (76 killed), which was rescuing survivors from British armed merchant cruiser Laurentic, sunk the day before.

Eggs and cake are rationed in the Netherlands.