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Today in World War II History—Sept. 13, 1943

USS LST-1 landing US troops on a beach near Salerno, Italy, September 1943 (US National Archives)

USS LST-1 landing US troops on a beach near Salerno, Italy, September 1943 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 13, 1943: At Salerno, Italy, Germans counterattack down the Sele River and drive to within 3 miles of the beach, and paratroopers of the US 82nd Airborne are dropped behind US lines near Paestum as reinforcements.

British hospital ship Newfoundland is sunk by the Luftwaffe off Salerno, Italy; 23 killed, including all physicians and 6 nurses.