Today in World War II History
US troops en route to landing beaches at Salerno, Italy cheer the Italian surrender
8 September 1943 (US Center for Military History).
70 Years Ago—Sept. 8, 1943:
Eisenhower announces secretly negotiated Italian surrender at 6:30 pm, 9 hrs before the Allied landings at Salerno and Taranto. Germans begin to occupy Italy.