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Today in World War II History—Jan. 19, 1943

Troops of the US 35th Infantry Division at the Gifu on Guadalcanal, January 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

Troops of the US 35th Infantry Division at the Gifu on Guadalcanal, January 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 19, 1943: US launches final offensive on Guadalcanal.

In Libya, British Eighth Army under Montgomery flanks Germans near Tripoli, forcing Rommel to retreat.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 18, 1943

Soviet troops charging near Leningrad, Russia, 1 Jan 1943

Soviet troops charging near Leningrad, Russia, 1 Jan 1943

75 Years Ago—Jan. 18, 1943: Soviets open corridor to supply Leningrad, which remains open throughout the war.

First Warsaw uprising: Nazis attempt to deport Jews from ghetto, but are met with gunfire.

US bans the sale of sliced bread to conserve metal parts in bakery equipment (Read more: Make It Do—Metal Shortages in World War II).US poster encouraging conservation of metal for military purposes. Read more: "Make It Do--Metal Shortages in World War II" on Sarah Sundin's blog.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 17, 1943

Brig. Gen. Fred Borum presents the Air Medal to Lt. Elsie Ott, the first woman to receive the Air Medal. (US Air Force photo)

Brig. Gen. Fred Borum presents the Air Medal to Lt. Elsie Ott, the first woman to receive the Air Medal. (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 17, 1943: US Naval Base and Naval Air Station, Brisbane, Australia is established.

First intercontinental medical air evacuation and the first time a nurse participates in air evacuation—Lt. Elsie Ott, who had not been trained in air evacuation and had never flown in a plane, cares for patients on a week-long journey from India to Washington DC; she will receive the first Air Medal to be awarded to a woman. (Read more: Medical Air Evacuation in World War II).

Today in World War II History—Jan. 16, 1943

Berlin during a night raid by RAF Mosquitos; the track of a falling target indicator can be seen on the right, c. 1942-45 (Imperial War Museum)

Berlin during a night raid by RAF Mosquitos; the track of a falling target indicator can be seen on the right, c. 1942-45 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 16, 1943: In Libya, British Eighth Army links with Free French under Gen. Jean Leclerc, who had marched 30 days across the Sahara from Lake Chad.

RAF bombs Berlin for first time since November 1941, with the first use of target indicator flares to mark the target for bombers farther back in the stream.

Book Beat – Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Imperfect Justice by Cara PutmanEmilie Wesley has devoted her legal career to helping abused women. She’s so close to helping Kaylene Adams and her two daughters escape Kaylene’s abusive husband. So when the news breaks that Kaylene has shot both daughters and was then killed by the police, Emilie is devastated. But she’s convinced Kaylene’s husband is the guilty party.

Reid Billings grieves for his sister, Kaylene, and his nieces, one of whom is in critical care. He also doesn’t believe Kaylene could be guilty, and he enlists Emilie’s help to gain custody of his surviving niece. But to do so, they first have to prove Kaylene’s innocence, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is a riveting legal thriller. As Reid and Emilie race to save a little girl, their mutual grief and self-doubts provide realistic and touching counterpoints. The story illustrates the plight of women trapped in abusive relationships, timely and relevant and sobering. Imperfect Justice is an excellent continuation of the Hidden Justice series, but it easily stands alone. I loved this book!

Today in World War II History—Jan. 15, 1943

US Navy or USMC SBD Dauntless dive-bombers on mission in the Solomon Islands, early 1943 (US Navy photo)

US Navy or USMC SBD Dauntless dive-bombers on mission in the Solomon Islands, early 1943 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 15, 1943: British Eighth Army under Montgomery begins offensive at Buerat, Libya against Germans.

In the Solomons, US Navy, Marine Corps, and Thirteenth Air Force aircraft attack Japanese destroyers and shoot down 38 Japanese aircraft.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 14, 1943

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in Casablanca, French Morocco during the Casablanca Conference, 24 Jan 1943 (US Army Signal Corps photo)

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in Casablanca, French Morocco during the Casablanca Conference, 24 Jan 1943 (US Army Signal Corps photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 14, 1943: Casablanca Conference begins: Roosevelt and Churchill meet in media secrecy to plan the course of the war.

Australians clear Sanananda Trail junction, New Guinea.

Adm. Erich Raeder resigns from command of German navy, effective January 30.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 13, 1943

Patch of the US Thirteenth Air Force

Patch of the US Thirteenth Air Force

75 Years Ago—Jan. 13, 1943: Students at the University of Munich riot after a Nazi speaker blames the German army’s dire situation in Stalingrad on student malingerers.

US Thirteenth Air Force established in the South Pacific under Brig. Gen. Nathan Twining, based in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

In “Sleepy Lagoon” case in Los Angeles, 17 Mexican-Americans are wrongly convicted of murder; convictions will be overturned in October 1944.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 12, 1943

US troops landing at Constantine Harbor, Amchitka, Aleutians, 12 Jan 1943 (US Navy photo)

US troops landing at Constantine Harbor, Amchitka, Aleutians, 12 Jan 1943 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 12, 1943: Germans withdraw from the Caucasus region of Russia.

US Army lands unopposed on Amchitka in the Aleutians.

Movie premiere of Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 11, 1943

Chinese and British officials after the signing of the Sino-British Treaty for Relinquishment of Extra-Territorial Rights in China, Chongqing, China, 11 Jan 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Chinese and British officials after the signing of the Sino-British Treaty for Relinquishment of Extra-Territorial Rights in China, Chongqing, China, 11 Jan 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 11, 1943: US, Britain, and China sign treaty giving up US and British extraterritorial rights in China.

US Twelfth Air Force begins anti-shipping patrols in Sicilian straits.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt departs from Miami for the Casablanca Conference, the first US president to fly in an airplane while in office, also the first president to leave US during time of war.

Patch of the US Twelfth Air Force

Patch of the US Twelfth Air Force