Today in World War II History

70 Years Ago—Aug. 15, 1942: British Gen. Sir Harold Alexander assumes position as C-in-C, Middle East Forces. British “Pedestal” convoy arrives in Malta—only 5/14 cargo ships, but enough to maintain island. 82nd Airborne Division organized from 82nd Infantry Division, becoming US’s first airborne division, under Maj. Gen. Matthew Ridgway at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.