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.