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Today in World War II History—Apr. 5, 1943

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1940 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Apr. 5, 1943: Germans arrest Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his brother-in-law, resistance member Hans von Dohnányi. US Twelfth Air Force begins Operation Flax to destroy German air transport to Tunisia, will destroy about 200 planes in the air and on the ground in next 3 weeks. Off Russell Island in the Pacific, destroyer… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Apr. 4, 1943

US poster commemorating the five Sullivan brothers who dies in the sinking of the USS Juneau in November 1942

75 Years Ago—Apr. 4, 1943: Mrs. Thomas Sullivan christens destroyer USS The Sullivans in honor of her five sons killed in the sinking of light cruiser USS Juneau in November 1942. US II Corps takes Hill 369 near El Guettar, Tunisia, after a long battle. Twelve US & Filipino POWs escape from Davao Penal Colony… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Apr. 3, 1943

Conrad Veidt, 17 March 1941 (MGM photo, public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Apr. 3, 1943: US troops land at Morobe Bay, New Guinea. German movie actor Conrad Veidt dies in Hollywood of a heart attack, age 50.

Today in World War II History—Apr. 2, 1943

US poster, 1944

75 Years Ago—Apr. 2, 1943: War Production Board approves construction of “Little Big Inch” pipeline to take refined oil from Texas to northeast states. Off Portugal, sloop HMS Black Swan and corvette HMS Stonecrop sink U-124, the third most successful German U-boat with 48 ships sunk.

Today in World War II History—April 1, 1943

Monument to the US 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France (Photo: Sarah Sundin, September 2017)

75 Years Ago—Apr. 1, 1943: In Tunisia, US II Corps falls back at Fondouk after heavy losses. US Army 2nd Ranger Battalion is activated at Camp Forrest, Tullahoma TN; three companies from this battalion will later climb the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on D-day.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 29, 1943

US poster, World War II

75 Years Ago—Mar. 29, 1943: US begins rationing fresh meat (28 ounces per week), cheese (4 ounces per week), butter, oils, and fats. (Read more: “Make It Do—Meat and Cheese Rationing in World War II” and “Make It Do—Rationing of Fats & Oils in World War II”)

Today in World War II History—Mar. 28, 1943

Sergei Rachmaninoff in the California redwoods, 1919 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 28, 1943: Montgomery’s British Eighth Army takes Mareth, Tunisia and 7000 German POWs. Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff dies in Beverly Hills, CA of melanoma, age 69, a new US citizen.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 27, 1943

Heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City in action during Battle of the Komandorski Islands, 26 Mar 1943 (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 27, 1943: In Tunisia, Germans delay British & New Zealanders at Tebaga Gap and retreat to Wadi Akarit. US defeats Japanese in naval battle of Komandorski Islands in Aleutians, the longest continuous gun battle in the history of the US Navy.