Today in World War II History—November 23, 1942
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”).