Today in World War II History

US Fifth Army landing via LST at Paestum in Salerno Bay, 9 September 1943.
(US National Archives)
70 Years Ago—Sept. 9, 1943: Operation Avalanche: US Fifth Army and British forces land at Salerno, Italy, while British Eighth Army lands at Taranto. Luftwaffe sinks Italian battleship Roma as it tries to escape German forces occupying Italy, 1300 killed.