75 Years Ago—Sept. 26, 1943: As the Allies advance north in Italy, an anti-Fascist uprising begins in Naples; 300 civilians will be killed in the next week.
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75 Years Ago—Sept. 25, 1943: Soviets take Smolensk and Roslavl, Russia. Movie premiere of musical Thank Your Lucky Stars; the all-star cast donates their salaries to the Hollywood Canteen.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 24, 1943: Australians cross Bumi River in New Guinea on way to Finschhafen.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 23, 1943: Germans finish repairs to Möhne Dam in Ruhr, breached in RAF Dambusters raid in May. In Allied convoy ON-202 off Greenland, German U-boats sink 5 ships; in this convoy, 12 ships have been sunk by the German’s new T-5 acoustic torpedoes.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 22, 1943: Mussolini proclaims Repubblica Sociale Italiana, based in German-occupied northern Italy. In Italy, US Fifth Army takes Acerno and Oliveto. At Alta Fjord in Norway, British midget subs damage German battleship Tirpitz with mines; it will be out of commission until April 1944.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 21, 1943: US secures Baanga, Arundel, and Wana Wana in the Solomon Islands. Soviets cross Dnieper River south of Kiev, Ukraine.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 20, 1943: Australian 2/6th Independent Company defeats larger Japanese force at Kaiapit, New Guinea, opening up the Ramu Valley and sites for airstrips. At Auletta, Italy, US Fifth Army meets British Eighth Army advancing from south. New Zealanders secure Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands. US War Department puts all coastal observation… Read more »
75 Years Ago—Sept. 19, 1943: In Italy, Allies secure Salerno plain. Australians open offensive in Ramu Valley, New Guinea and take Kaiapit, but the Japanese counterattack in force. Decca Records signs deal with the striking musicians’ union and becomes the first studio to record in a year.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 18, 1943: US opens Central Pacific offensive as US Seventh Air Force B-24 bombers and Navy Task Force 15 carrier aircraft begin bombing Tarawa, Makin, and Apemama in the Gilbert Islands. Premiere of weekly radio show I Sustain the Wings on CBS with Capt. Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 17, 1943: Germans begin retreat from Salerno plain in Italy. US 802nd Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron begins air evacuation from Salerno, Italy. Soviets take Bryansk, Russia.