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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)

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)

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

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),

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… Read more »

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)

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

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… Read more »

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

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)

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… Read more »

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)

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…. Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Nov. 8, 1942

US troops and equipment Z Beach, Arzeu, Algeria, 8 November 1942 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 8, 1942: Operation Torch: 400,000 American and British troops land in Morocco and Algeria in three main forces. In Naval Battle of Casablanca, US ships sink nine French warships. Nurses from US 48th Surgical Hospital land with Torch forces, the first and last time women land with the assault during the war.