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Today in World War II History—Aug. 6, 1943

Troina, Sicily, WWII (US Army Center of Military History)

Troina, Sicily, WWII (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 6, 1943: Battle of Vella Gulf: 6 US Navy destroyers sink 3 Japanese destroyers in the Solomon Islands, ending Japanese plans to reinforce New Georgia.

After a heavy battle, US Seventh Army takes Troina, Sicily to find most Germans had evacuated the night before.

Gen. Terry Allen and his deputy Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (Pres. Theodore Roosevelt’s son) are removed from command of US 1st Infantry Division on Sicily.

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