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Today in World War II History—November 23, 1942

Recruiting poster for the SPARs, the US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, WWII

Recruiting poster for the SPARs, the US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, WWII

80 Years Ago—Nov. 23, 1942: British Eighth Army under Montgomery drives Germans back to defenses at El Agheila, Libya.

Senegal and the vital port of Dakar come under Allied control after governor-general of French West Africa abandons Vichy ties.

Off mouth of Amazon, German U-boat U-172 sinks British freighter Benlomond; the sole survivor, Chief Steward Poon Lim, begins a 133-day ordeal in a lifeboat.

US Coast Guard Women’s Reserve is established, the SPARs (“Semper paratus—always ready”).

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