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Today in World War II History—May 12, 1944

Monte Cassino (US Army Center of Military History)

Monte Cassino (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—May 12, 1944: Operation Diadem: US Fifth & British Eighth Armies launch offensive on Gustav Line in Italy, crossing Rapido River and assaulting Cassino.

German Oblt. Oskar Kusch, former commander of U-boat U-154, is executed for anti-Hitler views, betrayed by his second in command—who was killed in the sinking of U-193 on April 24.

Frederick Schiller Faust, American author of 400 Western novels under the name of Max Brand, is killed in Operation Diadem.

Liberty ship SS Juliette Low is launched, named after the founder of the Girl Scouts.

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