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

Lt. Gen. George Patton in Tunisia, 30 Mar 1943 (Library of Congress)

Lt. Gen. George Patton in Tunisia, 30 Mar 1943 (Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 17, 1943: Climax of the Battle of the Atlantic (through March 19): German U-boats sink 22 Allied ships, 20% of convoys HX-229 & SC-122, with only one U-boat lost, the last big U-boat victory.

Lt. Gen. George Patton launches drive in Tunisia from Fériana, and occupies Gafsa.

Japanese launch counterattack on the Arakan Peninsula in Burma, leading to Indian retreat.