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Today in World War II History—Nov. 17, 1942

Map of first Allied actions in Tunisia, 16-23 November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

Map of first Allied actions in Tunisia, 16-23 November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 17, 1942: In Tunisia, British take Beja, and US takes Gafsa and its airfield.

British open Bône Harbor in Algeria.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 16, 1942

Troops of the US 128th Infantry Regiment passing through Simemi Village on way to Buna-Gona area, November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

Troops of the US 128th Infantry Regiment passing through Simemi Village on way to Buna-Gona area, November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 16, 1942: British troops coming from Algeria first encounter German troops in Tunisia.

In Papua New Guinea, US and Australians launch drive to clear Buna-Gona area.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 15, 1942

Battleship USS Washington firing at Japanese battleship Kirishima off Guadalcanal, 14 Nov 1942 (US Navy photo)

Battleship USS Washington firing at Japanese battleship Kirishima off Guadalcanal, 14 Nov 1942 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 15, 1942: British church bells ring to celebrate El Alamein victory, ringing for first time since June 1940.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: battleship USS Washington sinks Japanese battleship Kirishima and a Japanese destroyer; Japanese sink 2 US destroyers.

President Roosevelt signs bill lowering draft age from 20-44 yrs to 18-38 yrs to spare fathers.

US War Production Board launches official collection program for silk and nylon stockings. Read More: “Make It Do – Stocking Shortages in WWII” 

Deena Clark, Civilian Defense (right), and Tech. Sgt. Leo Malkins of the Army Air Forces (left) collecting used stockings (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum),

Deena Clark, Civilian Defense (right), and Tech. Sgt. Leo Malkins of the Army Air Forces (left) collecting used stockings (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum),

Today in World War II History—Nov. 14, 1942

Two beached Japanese transports burning after US aerial attack near Guadalcanal, 15 Nov 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Two beached Japanese transports burning after US aerial attack near Guadalcanal, 15 Nov 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 14, 1942: British and Americans launch offensive from Algeria toward Tunisia.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: US naval & land-based aircraft sink a Japanese heavy cruiser, two Japanese troop transports, and five Japanese cargo ships.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 13, 1942

Poster commemorating the five Sullivan brothers, who died in the sinking of USS Juneau, 13 November 1942

Poster commemorating the five Sullivan brothers, who died in the sinking of USS Juneau, 13 November 1942

75 Years Ago—Nov. 13, 1942: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: Japanese ships sink a US light cruiser and 4 US destroyers; US ships and aircraft sink Japanese battleship Hiei and 2 Japanese destroyers.

In Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Rear Adm. Daniel Callaghan & Rear Adm. Norman Scott are killed.

In Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Japanese sub I-26 sinks light cruiser USS Juneau (687/697 killed, including the five Sullivan brothers).

Japanese battleship Hiei evading bombing, Solomon Islands, 13 Nov 1942; seen from B-17 of US 11th Bombardment Group (US Army photo)

Japanese battleship Hiei evading bombing, Solomon Islands, 13 Nov 1942; seen from B-17 of US 11th Bombardment Group (US Army photo)

Today in World War II History—Nov. 12, 1942

Gen. Lewis Brereton, WWII (public domain via Wikipedia)

Gen. Lewis Brereton, WWII (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 12, 1942: US Ninth AF formed in Egypt under Lt. Gen. Lewis Brereton.

Morocco and Algeria are in Allied hands (770 Americans and 240 British were killed in Torch landings).

Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, CA launches Liberty Ship Robert E. Peary four days after the keel is laid, a wartime record.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 11, 1942

French Gen. Auguste Paul Noguès is met by US Col. Hobart R. Gay at Fedala, French Morocco to negotiate an armistice, 11 November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

French Gen. Auguste Paul Noguès is met by US Col. Hobart R. Gay at Fedala, French Morocco to negotiate an armistice, 11 November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 11, 1942: US takes Casablanca, French Morocco.

Allied and French forces cease fire in North Africa at 0700.

Germans occupy Vichy France in response to French surrender in North Africa, occupy all but Marseille and Toulon.

British Eighth Army enters Libya, pushing Germans out of Egypt.

Three Air Evacuation Squadrons are activated at Bowman Field, KY.

Veterans Day 2017

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the First World War came to an end.

The Armistice was signed for the War to End All Wars, but peace was built on a shoddy foundation, and war returned, nastier than ever.

The end of the Second World War brought the United Nations and the promise of rational negotiation and eternal peace. Instead the nuclear era introduced the tense decades of the Cold War, flaring up in brutal regional wars in Korea, Vietnam, and throughout Africa and Central and South America.

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall brought optimism for a peaceful, democratic world. This was shattered by the terrorist tactics of a new enemy without borders to attack or a government to negotiate with. A cowardly enemy that cheers when children blow up children or when tourists are mowed down on their holidays.

The human heart yearns for peace but is drawn to war. We can argue about it and say it shouldn’t be this way, but it is.

That’s why our armed services are vital. Our veterans have repelled the forces of Fascism, Totalitarianism, and Communism, and for this we owe them our eternal gratitude. Our active servicemen and servicewomen are currently fighting the forces of Terrorism and standing guard against dictators, and for this we owe them our active support and appreciation.

On this 11th day of the 11th month, we thank the members of our armed services, past and present, for protecting our lives, our homes, and our freedom. May God bless you.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 10, 1942

Destroyer USS Dallas in the Wadi Sebou off Port Lyautey Airfield, November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

Destroyer USS Dallas in the Wadi Sebou off Port Lyautey Airfield, November 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 10, 1942: US takes Oran, Algeria and Mehdia, Morocco.

In a daring raid in Morocco, destroyer USS Dallas steams up Wadi Sebou under the Kasbah, and takes Port Lyautey Airfield.

Victories in North Africa lead Churchill to proclaim, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Movie premiere of Road to Morocco, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 9, 1942

Royal Canadian Mounted Police mug shots of Werner Janowski, 1942 (National Archives of Canada)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police mug shots of Werner Janowski, 1942 (National Archives of Canada)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 9, 1942: German planes transport troops to El Aouina Airfield in French Tunisia to combat Allied landings in Algeria.

Germans force Danish King Christian to appoint pro-Nazi Erik Scavenius as prime minister.

German spy Werner Janowski is landed by U-boat U-518 at New Carlisle, Quebec, but is arrested within hours on a tip from a suspicious hotel clerk.