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

Australian soldiers running toward the front lines during reenactment of Second Battle of El Alamein, 24 Oct 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

Australian soldiers running toward the front lines during reenactment of Second Battle of El Alamein, 24 Oct 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 23, 1942: Second Battle of El Alamein begins: British Eighth Army under Gen. Bernard Montgomery breaks through German defenses in Egypt.

First detachment of Western Task Force departs Hampton Roads, VA for landings in Morocco.

Eleanor Roosevelt arrives in Britain for 3-week visit, promises soldiers warmer socks and faster mail.