Today in World War II History—Nov. 20, 1942 POSTED: Monday, November 20, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Map of British Eighth Army advances November 1942-February 1943 (US Army map) 75 Years Ago—Nov. 20, 1942: British Eighth Army takes Benghazi, Libya, but finds port destroyed by Germans. Soviets attack southern flank at Stalingrad. Gen. Paul von Kleist placed in command of German Army Group A on Eastern Front.