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Today in World War II History—Nov. 23, 1942

Recruiting poster for the SPARs, the US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, WWII

Recruiting poster for the SPARs, the US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, WWII

75 Years Ago—Nov. 23, 1942: British under Montgomery drive Germans back to defenses at El Agheila, Libya.

Dakar, Senegal comes under Allied control after French governor abandons Vichy ties.

Off mouth of Amazon, U-172 sinks British freighter Benlomond; the sole survivor, Chief Steward Poon Lim, begins a 133-day ordeal in a lifeboat.

US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve is established, the SPARs (“Semper paratus—always ready”)