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Today in World War II History—Aug. 21, 1943

US troops give the 'V' sign as their troopship, Athlone Castle, berths at Liverpool, 4 or 5 April 1944 (Imperial War Museum: H 37397)

US troops give the ‘V’ sign as their troopship, Athlone Castle, berths at Liverpool, 4 or 5 April 1944 (Imperial War Museum: H 37397)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 21, 1943: First “UT” convoy sails from New York, heavily escorted convoys carrying troops to England in build-up for Operation Overlord (D-day).