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Today in World War II History—Oct. 30, 1942

British Grant tank moving up to the front at El Alamein, Egypt, 29 October 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

British Grant tank moving up to the front at El Alamein, Egypt, 29 October 1942 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 30, 1942: In Allied convoy SL-125 off West Africa, U-boat wolf-pack sinks six ships; this convoy distracts the U-boats from the approaching convoys for Operation Torch.

At El Alamein, Australians push north to the sea, trapping enemy force, most of which escapes west.