Today in World War II History

Troina, Sicily (US National Archives)
70 Years Ago—Aug. 6, 1943: Battle of Vella Gulf: US Navy sinks 3 Japanese destroyers in Solomons, ending Japanese plans to reinforce New Georgia. US Seventh Army takes Troina, Sicily after heavy fighting—most Germans evacuated night before. Gen. Terry Allen of and his deputy Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (Pres. Teddy Roosevelt’s son) removed from command of US 1st Infantry Division.