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Today in World War II History—August 2, 1942

British troopship HMT Queen Mary returning US troops from Europe, New York, NY, 20 June 1945 (US Navy photo 80-GK-5645)

British troopship HMT Queen Mary returning US troops from Europe, New York, NY, 20 June 1945 (US Navy photo 80-GK-5645)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 2, 1942: Gandhi warns that India will welcome the Japanese if Britain doesn’t grant independence.

Troopship HMT Queen Mary departs New York with US 1st Armored Infantry Division (15,000 troops), the first time an entire division has been carried on a single ship and the first transport of US & Canadian forces on HMT Queen Mary or HMT Queen Elizabeth. These ocean liners cross the Atlantic in only five days without escort—U-boats can’t catch them due to their high speed. (Read more about the wartime history of the Queen Mary and see photos from my tour: “The Sky Above Us—Tour of the Queen Mary”)

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