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Today in World War II History—January 5, 1943

Cutaway and exploded view of a typical VT Fuze (VT Fuze Mk 53 Mod 5), 1950s (US Navy diagram)

Cutaway and exploded view of a typical VT Fuze (VT Fuze Mk 53 Mod 5), 1950s (US Navy diagram)

Patch of the US Fifth Army, WWII

Patch of the US Fifth Army, WWII

80 Years Ago—Jan. 5, 1943: US Fifth Army is established in Oujda, Morocco, under Lt. Gen. Mark Clark.

In the Solomon Islands, light cruiser USS Helena is the first ship to use Mk. 32 VT proximity-fuzed 5-in shells in combat, shooting down a Japanese D3A bomber with second salvo.

Scientist George Washington Carver dies in Tuskegee, AL, age 81.

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