SS and French police round up Jews in the old quarter of Marseille, France, 24 Jan 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-027-1477-29)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 22, 1943: Soviets begin final drive in Stalingrad.
Australian and American forces end organized Japanese resistance in Papua New Guinea, the first Japanese land defeat.
In the old quarter of Marseille, France, Nazis begin removing 40,000 residents to prevent partisan activity, rounding up Jewish residents, and looting; 1400 buildings will be destroyed in February.
German soldiers unloading supplies from Ju 52 cargo plane at Stalingrad, late 1942. (German Federal Archive: Bild 1011—003-3446-16)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 21, 1943: Stalingrad airlift ends when Soviets take Gumrak Airfield, the last Luftwaffe field in the city.
Evarts-class destroyer escort USS Brennan, 1943 (US Navy photo)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 20, 1943: First US destroyer escort, the USS Brennan (DE-13), is commissioned at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA.
Journal of the American Medical Association reports new painless childbirth technique using continuous caudal anesthesia.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Emilie 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!
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.
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.