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Today in World War II History—Jan. 18, 1943

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… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Jan. 17, 1943

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… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Jan. 16, 1943

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… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Jan. 15, 1943

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.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 14, 1943

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.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 13, 1943

Patch of the US Thirteenth Air Force

75 Years Ago—Jan. 13, 1943: Students at the University of Munich riot after a Nazi speaker blames the German army’s dire situation in Stalingrad on student malingerers. US Thirteenth Air Force established in the South Pacific under Brig. Gen. Nathan Twining, based in Nouméa, New Caledonia. In “Sleepy Lagoon” case in Los Angeles, 17 Mexican-Americans… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Jan. 12, 1943

US troops landing at Constantine Harbor, Amchitka, Aleutians, 12 Jan 1943 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 12, 1943: Germans withdraw from the Caucasus region of Russia. US Army lands unopposed on Amchitka in the Aleutians. Movie premiere of Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 11, 1943

Patch of the US Twelfth Air Force

75 Years Ago—Jan. 11, 1943: US, Britain, and China sign treaty giving up US and British extraterritorial rights in China. US Twelfth Air Force begins anti-shipping patrols in Sicilian straits. President Franklin D. Roosevelt departs from Miami for the Casablanca Conference, the first US president to fly in an airplane while in office, also the… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Jan. 10, 1943

Medical Battalion of US 25th Division giving first aid, Guadalcanal, 10 Jan 1943 (US Department of Defense photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 10, 1943: Soviets advance into Stalingrad pocket. US launches large offensive on Guadalcanal. Off New Britain, Japanese destroyers and aircraft sink giant submarine USS Argonaut (102 killed in worst US sub loss of WWII).

Today in World War II History—Jan. 9, 1943

Prototype C-69 Constellation at Burbank, CA, 9 Jan 1943 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 9, 1943: British & Indian troops take Maungdaw, Burma in the Arakan campaign. First flight of prototype Lockheed C-69 Constellation, the fastest US transport plane of the war.