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Today in World War II History—November 15, 1942

Battleship USS Washington firing at Japanese battleship Kirishima off Guadalcanal, 14 Nov 1942 (US Navy photo)

Battleship USS Washington firing at Japanese battleship Kirishima off Guadalcanal, 14 Nov 1942 (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 15, 1942: British church bells ring to celebrate El Alamein victory, ringing for first time since June 1940, and the BBC broadcasts a nationwide relay from church belfries.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: battleship USS Washington sinks Japanese battleship Kirishima and a Japanese destroyer; Japanese sink 2 US destroyers.

President Roosevelt signs bill lowering draft age from 20-44 years to 18-38 years to spare fathers.

US War Production Board launches official collection program for silk and nylon stockings (Read More: “Make It Do – Stocking Shortages in WWII” )

Deena Clark, Civilian Defense (right), and Tech. Sgt. Leo Malkins of the Army Air Forces (left) collecting used stockings, 1942 (Library of Congress: LC-DIG-fsa-8b08080)

Deena Clark, Civilian Defense (right), and Tech. Sgt. Leo Malkins of the Army Air Forces (left) collecting used stockings, 1942 (Library of Congress: LC-DIG-fsa-8b08080)

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