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Today in World War II History—Nov. 8, 1942

Map of Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of French Morocco and Algeria, 8 November 1942 (US Army)

Map of Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of French Morocco and Algeria, 8 November 1942 (US Army)

Battleship USS Massachusetts maneuvering off Casablanca, Morocco, 8 Nov 1942, as seen from destroyer USS Mayrant (US National Archives)

Battleship USS Massachusetts maneuvering off Casablanca, Morocco, 8 Nov 1942, as seen from destroyer USS Mayrant (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 8, 1942: Operation Torch: 400,000 American and British troops land in Morocco and Algeria in three main forces.

In Naval Battle of Casablanca, US ships sink nine French warships.

Nurses from US 48th Surgical Hospital land with Torch forces, the first and last time women land with the assault during the war.

Nurses of the US 48th Surgical Hospital marching from the Arzeu docks, 9 November 1942 (US Army Medical Department)

Nurses of the US 48th Surgical Hospital marching from the Arzeu docks, 9 November 1942 (US Army Medical Department)

US troops and equipment Z Beach, Arzeu, Algeria, 8 November 1942 (US National Archives)

US troops and equipment Z Beach, Arzeu, Algeria, 8 November 1942 (US National Archives)