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Today in World War II History—Dec. 26, 1943

US Marines landing at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 December 1943 (US National Archives)

US Marines landing at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 December 1943 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 26, 1943: US Marines land at Cape Gloucester, New Britain in the Solomon Islands; they encounter little opposition due to heavy pre-invasion bombing.

In Battle of the North Cape off Norway, British ships sink German battlecruiser Scharnhorst while it’s attacking Allied Arctic convoys; only 36 of 1963 men survive.