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Today in World War II History—Nov. 20, 1943

US Marines on landing beach at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943 (US Marine Corps photo)

US Marines on landing beach at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943 (US Marine Corps photo)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 20, 1943: In Gilbert Islands, US Marines land on Betio Island in Tarawa Atoll, and US Army lands on Makin and takes the island the same day.

British Eighth Army launches main offensive to cross Sangro River in Italy.

New song in Top Ten: “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma!

US 165th Infantry lands at Butaritari, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943 (US National Archives)

US 165th Infantry lands at Butaritari, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943 (US National Archives)