World War II History
1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency" amid rising world tension.
1941 - The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.
1942 - German General Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.
1944 - U.S. General MacArthur landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.
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