Today in World War II History

LST-1 landing troops onto a beach near Salerno, Italy (US National Archives)
70 Years Ago—Sept. 13, 1943: At Salerno, Italy, Germans counterattack down the Sele River and drive to within 3 miles of beach, paratroopers of the US 82nd Airborne are dropped behind US lines near Paestum as reinforcements. British hospital ship Newfoundland sunk by Luftwaffe off Salerno, Italy; 6 British nurses are killed.