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Today in World War II History—December 9, 1940 & 1945

Matilda tank of British 7th Royal Tank Regiment in North Africa, 19 Dec 1940 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-32 E 1416)

Matilda tank of British 7th Royal Tank Regiment in North Africa, 19 Dec 1940 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-32 E 1416)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 9, 1940: In Egypt, British troops advance against a larger Italian force at Sidi Barrani, and take three forts.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 9, 1945: Gen. George S. Patton is injured in a car accident near Neckarstadt, Germany.