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Jul 14

Sicily invaded, World War II week by week

July 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines include invasion of Sicily.

July 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines include invasion of Sicily.

If anyone wondered where the Western Allies were moving next early July would provide answers.
The Japanese forces were under attack at the Aleutian island of Kiska and the Southwest Pacific base of Munda,
In Europe Sicily was under bombardment from sea and air as British and American forces prepared to invade.
President Franklin Roosevelt sent an assurance to Pope Pius that Vatican City would not be targeted in the offensive.
Hitler’s offensive in Russia had been blunted by ferocious defense by the Red Army which had now assumed the counter-attack. Each side had forces of a half-million or more men involved.
To give a sense of scale the Sicily invasion force numbered about 150,000 but those troops had to invade across the ocean from North Africa.
In San Luis Obispo the County Housing Authority was considering building housing for Southern Pacific employees who were being priced out of housing by the influx of military.
The company had 439 employees with a monthly payroll of $94,223. Approximately 60 of the employees were women.
The current scandal in Los Angeles involved band leader and jazz drummer Gene Krupa charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His valet testified that he had “bought marihuana cigarets for the jitterbug dance band drummer.”
In one interview Krupa said he had sent a 17-year old to his motel to send out his laundry and flush cigarettes in the pocket down the drain.
The police were searching the theater where he was performing at the time.
Federal Agents accused the drummer of using the minor to transport drugs.
The conviction would be overturned on appeal in May of 1944.

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