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 »
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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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.”
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.
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 »
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.
75 Years Ago—Nov. 17, 1942: In Tunisia, British take Beja, and US takes Gafsa and its airfield. British open Bône Harbor in Algeria.