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Today in World War II History—Jan. 3, 1943

German Army 7.5 cm Gebirgsgeschütz 36 mountain gun in the Caucasus Mountains, southern Russia, 21 Jan 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-B23252)

German Army 7.5 cm Gebirgsgeschütz 36 mountain gun in the Caucasus Mountains, southern Russia, 21 Jan 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-B23252)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 3, 1943: Soviets take Mozdok and Malgobek in the Caucasus region of Russia.

In Tunisia, Germans defeat French and take Fondouk Pass

Today in World War II History—Jan. 2, 1943

75 Years Ago—Jan. 2, 1943: In Libya, the port of Tripoli is closed to Axis ships due to Allied bombing.

New songs in Top Ten: “Moonlight Becomes You” and “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.”

Today in World War II History—Jan. 1, 1943

California Governor Earl Warren with a small boy dressed as a prospector, during the California Centennial Celebration, 1948-50 (California State Archives)

California Governor Earl Warren with a small boy dressed as a prospector, during the California Centennial Celebration, 1948-50 (California State Archives)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 1, 1943: The Rose Bowl returns to Pasadena: Georgia beats UCLA 9-0 in both schools’ first appearance in Rose Bowl and UCLA’s first bowl game.

Incoming California Gov. Earl Warren (and future Supreme Court Justice) serves as Tournament of Roses grand marshal, but the parade is canceled again due to the war.

Premiere of Disney cartoon “Der Fuehrer’s Face,” starring Donald Duck.

Today in World War II History—Dec. 31, 1942

Painting of the Battle of the Barents Sea, 31 December 1942, by Irwin J. Kappes. The ship depicted is the German destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt (Via Wikipedia Creative Commons).

Painting of the Battle of the Barents Sea, 31 December 1942, by Irwin J. Kappes. The ship depicted is the German destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt (Via Wikipedia Creative Commons).

75 Years Ago—Dec. 31, 1942: Battle of the Barents Sea: German cruiser force fails to stop Allied convoy JW-51B, last major German naval sortie with surface ships; this defeat will lead to Grand Adm. Erich Raeder’s resignation from command of the German Navy.

Times Square New Year’s ball drop replaced with moment of silence due to blackout.

Today in World War II History—Dec. 30, 1942

Diagram of combat box bomber formations used by US Eighth Air Force, summer 1943 (US Army Air Forces diagram)

Diagram of combat box bomber formations used by US Eighth Air Force, summer 1943 (US Army Air Forces diagram)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 30, 1942: US Eighth Air Force first uses “combat box” formation to better protect bombers from German fighters.

Henry Kaiser opens Kaiser steel plant in Fontana, CA.

Frank Sinatra performs at New York’s Paramount Theater to screaming fans, his breakout performance.

Today in World War II History—Dec. 29, 1942

German mountain troops in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, winter of 1942-43 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-031-2417-09)

German mountain troops in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, winter of 1942-43 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-031-2417-09)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 29, 1942: German army begins retreat from the Caucasus region.

Japanese begin withdrawal from Buna area, New Guinea.

Today in World War II History—Dec. 28, 1942

British troops parading in Djibouti, French Somaliland, Dec 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

British troops parading in Djibouti, French Somaliland, Dec 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 28, 1942: French Somaliland switches allegiance from Vichy to Free French.

Nazi doctors at Birkenau concentration camp begin sterilization experiments on female prisoners.

Today in World War II History—Dec. 27, 1942

Gen. Andrei Vlasov and Heinrich Himmler on cover of Signal magazine (Norwegian), 1943 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Gen. Andrei Vlasov and Heinrich Himmler on cover of Signal magazine (Norwegian), 1943 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 27, 1942: Anti-Stalin Soviet POWs form Smolensk Committee to persuade Soviets to fight for the Germans; 50,000 will do so in Russian Liberation Army under Gen. Andrei Vlasov.

Gen. Henri Giraud replaces assassinated Adm. François Darlan as high commissioner of French North & West Africa.

NFL Champions Washington Redskins defeated by All-Star team in final All-Star football game.

Today in World War II History—Dec. 26, 1942

US poster, WWII

US poster, WWII

75 Years Ago—Dec. 26, 1942: Fernand Bonnier de la Chapelle, who assassinated Adm. François Darlan, the French commander in North Africa, is executed.

New song in Top Ten: “There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Flying Somewhere.”

Today in World War II History—Dec. 25, 1942

British poster, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

British poster, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 25, 1942: In Tunisia, Germans retake Longstop Hill; Americans lose 500 men in the four-day battle.

Britain allows ringing of church bells for Christmas.

First American Red Cross service club opens in New Guinea, in a grass hut in Port Moresby.