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Today in World War II History—Sept. 11, 1940 & 1945

Hideki Tojo being treated by US medical personnel in Tokyo, Japan after his failed suicide attempt, 11 September 1945 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Hideki Tojo being treated by US medical personnel in Tokyo, Japan after his failed suicide attempt, 11 September 1945 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 11, 1940: Dutch SS is formed under Dutch Nazi collaborationist Anton Mussert.

Winston Churchill makes his first BBC broadcast from the underground Cabinet War Rooms.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 11, 1945: Gen. Douglas MacArthur orders arrest of 40 top Japanese war crime suspects, including former Prime Minister Hideki Tojo.

Tojo attempts suicide, but fails.

Operation Magic Carpet begins as the US fleet starts transporting troops home from the Pacific; by March 1946, 3.1 million are brought home.

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