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Today in World War II History—January 23, 1943

British Valentine infantry tanks in Tripoli, Libya, late Jan 1943 (US National Archives: ARC 196346)

British Valentine infantry tanks in Tripoli, Libya, late Jan 1943 (US National Archives: ARC 196346)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 23, 1943: British Eighth Army takes important port of Tripoli, Libya.

On Guadalcanal, US takes the last Japanese landing beach and cuts their supply route, and also takes Mount Austen and the last artillery sites harassing Henderson Field.

The film Casablanca opens in theaters nationwide.

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