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Today in World War II History—October 19, 1941

Women and elderly men from Moscow digging tank trap outside the city, Oct. 1941 (public domain via United States Information Agency)

Women and elderly men from Moscow digging tank trap outside the city, Oct. 1941 (public domain via United States Information Agency)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 19, 1941: Stalin announces he’ll stay in Moscow, and he declares a state of siege.

Germans close Vyazma pocket in Russia, taking 670,000 Soviet POWs.