Today in World War II History—Oct. 17, 1943
75 Years Ago—Oct. 17, 1943: Japanese complete Burma-Siam “Death Railway,” 93,000 Allied POWs and natives were killed in its construction.
Germans begin evacuating art from the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the Vatican for protection as the Allies approach; most of the monks, nuns, orphans, schoolchildren, and refugees go to Rome as well.
Last German auxiliary cruiser in Pacific, Michel, sunk by sub USS Tarpon off Chichi Jima.