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Today in World War II History—July 25, 1943

Benito Mussolini inspecting German troops, Sicily, Italy, 25 Jun 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-2006-0101)

Benito Mussolini inspecting German troops, Sicily, Italy, 25 Jun 1942 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-2006-0101)

75 Years Ago—July 25, 1943: In Italy, King Victor Emmanuel has Mussolini imprisoned and appoints Pietro Badoglio as premier.

US opens final drive for Munda on New Georgia in the Solomons.

Troopship HMT Queen Mary departs New York with 15,740 troops & 943 crew (16,683 total), the largest number of passengers ever on a ship.

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)