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Diary August 15, 1943

Evacuation of wounded Germans by plane
Evacuation of wounded German soldiers from Sicily by Ju 52 transport planes.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, August 15, 1943:

Mediterranean

Sicily: Allies capture Milazzo and Taormina and threaten Axis rearguard around Messina from west and south.

Air War

Britain: 90-plane raid on Portsmouth.
Western Europe: First of series of B-17 Flying Fortress raids on French airfields intended to deceive Germans into believing that Allies will land in Pas de Calais (Operation Starkey).

Sea War

Pacific: Farcical invasion of Kiska Island (Operation Cottage). Following massive preparatory bombardment by 3 battleships, 2 cruisers, 7 destroyers and 168 aircraft, 35,000 US and Canadian troops land unopposed – unaware that Japanese have abandoned the island 18 days previously.
Americans land on Vella Lavella (Solomons).
Battlecruiser Alaska launched at Camden, New Jersey.

Politics

Spain: Castellano, representative of Badoglio Government, arrives in Madrid and informs British Ambassador Hoare that Italy wishes to join the Allies.

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