Today in World War II History

US Marines landing at Cape Glouester,
New Britain, 26 December 1943
(US National Archives)
70 Years Ago—Dec. 26, 1943: US Marines land at Cape Gloucester, New Britain in the Solomons; they encounter little opposition due to heavy bombing. British ships sink German battlecruiser Scharnhorst in the Battle of North Cape off Norway; only 36 of 1963 men survive.