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

USMC Lt. Col. W.W. Stickney preparing to cut a Thanksgiving cake with a captured Japanese sword, Guadalcanal, 26 Nov 1942 (US Marine Corps photo)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 26, 1942: First battle between US & German tanks, at Coxen’s Farm near Chouïgui, Tunisia. “Battle of Brisbane”: thousands of US and Australian soldiers fight in streets, 1 killed. Movie premiere of Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, in New York City. US celebrates Thanksgiving; Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is cancelled… Read more »

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

Luftwaffe Ju 52 cargo plane approaching Stalingrad during the air lift, late 1942 (Australian War Memorial)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 25, 1942: Luftwaffe begins air lift to German troops surrounded in Stalingrad. British make deadly failed attempt to take Medjez el Bab, Tunisia. Greek resistance groups unite in order to sabotage German railroads and bridges.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 24, 1942

Crew of M3 Grant medium tank, US 13th Armored Regiment, Souk el Arba, Tunisia, 23 Nov 1942 (US Army Signal Corps photo)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 24, 1942: Hitler orders troops trapped in Stalingrad not to retreat or surrender. US renews offensive in Tunisia toward Tunis and Bizerte. News from the Polish underground of mass extermination of Jews is broadcast in the US.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 23, 1942

Recruiting poster for the SPARs, the US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, WWII

75 Years Ago—Nov. 23, 1942: British under Montgomery drive Germans back to defenses at El Agheila, Libya. Dakar, Senegal comes under Allied control after French governor abandons Vichy ties. Off mouth of Amazon, U-172 sinks British freighter Benlomond; the sole survivor, Chief Steward Poon Lim, begins a 133-day ordeal in a lifeboat. US Coast Guard… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Nov. 22, 1942

German troops at Stalingrad, Russia, late 1942 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 22, 1942: Soviets surround German Sixth Army (250,000 men) in Stalingrad. Allied and Vichy French forces sign armistice in North Africa. Sir Stafford Cripps resigns from British War Cabinet and as Leader of the House of Commons; replaced by Sir Anthony Eden.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 21, 1942

Patch of the US Ninth Air Force, WWII

75 Years Ago—Nov. 21, 1942: US Ninth Air Force based in Egypt begins attacks on German-occupied port of Tripoli, Libya. Cartoon character Tweety Bird debuts in “Tale of Two Kitties.”

Today in World War II History—Nov. 20, 1942

Map of British Eighth Army advances November 1942-February 1943 (US Army map)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 20, 1942: British Eighth Army takes Benghazi, Libya, but finds port destroyed by Germans. Soviets attack southern flank at Stalingrad. Gen. Paul von Kleist placed in command of German Army Group A on Eastern Front.

Today in World War II History—Nov. 19, 1942

Soviet T-34 tanks and horse-drawn supply sled in southern Russia during flanking operation near Stalingrad, Nov 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 19, 1942: Soviets launch offensive at Stalingrad against weak German northern flank, the high point of German expansion on the Eastern Front. US troops first fight Germans in Tunisia, at Medjez el Bab. British commandos fly by glider to raid heavy water plant in Telemark, Norway, glider crashes, survivors are caught by… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Nov. 18, 1942

US poster urging more P-38 Lightning production, WWII

75 Years Ago—Nov. 18, 1942: In Tunisia, Germans attack French at Medjez el Bab. Australians take Popendetta, Papua New Guinea. First P-38 Lightning victories in the Southwest Pacific: 2 US P-38s shoot down 3 Japanese Zeros over Tonolei Harbor in Solomons.

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.