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Today in World War II History—Dec. 29, 1943

Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson (Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean) and Gen. Sir Oliver Leese (Commander, British Eighth Army), Italy, 30 April 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson (Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean) and Gen. Sir Oliver Leese (Commander, British Eighth Army), Italy, 30 April 1944 (Imperial War Museum)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 29, 1943: Lt. Gen. Sir Oliver Leese replaces Gen. Bernard Montgomery over British Eighth Army in Italy; Montgomery will lead Allied ground forces (21 Army Group) for Operation Overlord (D-day).