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Today in World War II History—July 23, 1944

Artillerymen of Chinese 2nd Army in Sung Shan area of Burma. (US Army of Center of Military History)

Artillerymen of Chinese 2nd Army in Sung Shan area of Burma. (US Army of Center of Military History)

Canadian Gen. Harry Crerar, 1943-45 (Library and Archives Canada)

Canadian Gen. Harry Crerar, 1943-45 (Library and Archives Canada)

75 Years Ago—July 23, 1944: In Italy, US Fifth Army takes portion of Pisa south of the Arno River.

Chinese renew attack against Japanese at Sung Shan, Burma in Salween region.

Canadian First Army becomes operational in Normandy, with Gen. Harry Crerar in command.

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—July 23, 1944”

  1. Yeoman

    The Chinese artillerymen are firing a U.S. 75mm pack howitzer in that photograph. The same gun would also take a wheel that allowed for it to use rubber tires, which was oddly enough the exact same size as that for a Chevrolet car of the same vintage.

    The gun also was used extensively, in a version with an altered trail, by the airborne.

    • Sarah Sundin

      That’s not surprising 🙂 So much US weaponry was designed with interchangeable parts, which made repairs easy.