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Today in World War II History—Sept. 8, 1943

US troops en route to landing beaches at Salerno, Italy cheer the Italian surrender, 8 September 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

US troops en route to landing beaches at Salerno, Italy cheer the Italian surrender, 8 September 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Sept. 8, 1943: Eisenhower announces secretly negotiated Italian surrender at 6:30 pm, 9 hours before the Allied landings at Salerno and Taranto.

Germans activate Operation Achse (occupying Italy and Italian-occupied French Riviera) at 8 pm, entering Rome and taking over the Italian coastal division at Salerno.

On Corsica, civilians rise up against Italians and occupy capital of Ajaccio.

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—Sept. 8, 1943”

  1. derek harold shanks

    today I’m remembering my Dad who was killed by Italian paratroopers on Sept. 8, 1943 — 75 years to the day. I was born six months after my Dad left for overseas in 1939. I was three but never did get a chance to meet my dad. he was with the West Nova scotia regiment and is buried in Bari, Italy.

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