10 Jul 1940 Germain air campaign against England, the Battle of Britain, begins with German attacks on English Channel naval targets [10 Jul-31 Oct]. 10 Jul 1943 Montgomery's British Eighth Army takes Syracuse on the first day of the invasion if Sicily, Italy. 10 Jul 1943 US Army Air Force begins raids against the Kurile Islands, the Northern Territories of Japan, about 650 miles west of the Aleutians. Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.