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Today in World War II History—Aug. 2, 1942

British troopship HMT Queen Mary returning US troops from Europe, New York, NY, 20 June 1945 (US National Archives)

British troopship HMT Queen Mary returning US troops from Europe, New York, NY, 20 June 1945 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 2, 1942: Gandhi warns that India will welcome the Japanese if Britain doesn’t grant independence.

Troopship HMT Queen Mary departs New York with US First Armored Infantry Division (15,000 troops), the first time an entire division has been carried on a single ship, the first transport of US & Canadian forces on the HMT Queen Mary and HMT Queen Elizabeth. These ocean liners can cross the Atlantic in only five days without escort—U-boats can’t catch them due to their high speed.