Today in WW II: 17 Aug 1940 Italian armed forces under Marshal d'Armata Rodolfo Graziani invaded and occupied British Somaliland, threatening American Red Sea merchant shipping and British access to India.  More 
17 Aug 1942 Raid on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, led by Lt. Colonel Evans F. Carlson, USMC.
17 Aug 1943 RAF attack (Operation Hydra) on German V-2 rocket facility at Peenemünde demolishes the factory. Over 500 Allied bombers dropped 1600 tons of explosives and 280 tons of incendiaries.
17 Aug 1943 First Quebec Conference [QUADRANT] held between British, Canadian and United States governments [August 17-24].
17 Aug 1943 Just hours after the last German units evacuated the city, elements of the US 3d Infantry Division's 7th Infantry Regiment enter Messina, Sicily, the final objective of Operation Husky.
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International Harvester TD-40 Tractor / Bulldozer

The International Harvester TD-40 Tractor / Bulldozer was produced from 1933 through 1939, the first IH diesel. They were procured by the U.S. Army in small numbers and were used through WW II. The vehicle was called the McCormick Deering TD-40 TracTracTor.

International Harvester TD-40 Characteristics

Weight 12,400 lbs (5624 kg)
Length 140 inches (355 cm)
Width 64 inches (162 cm)
Engine IH 4 cyl diesel
Drawbar HP 37
Belt HP 48
Transmission 5 fwd / 1 rev

International TD-40 bulldozer knocking down trees, cutting a roadway for the Alcan Highway, 1942.  Air cleaner tube on side of engine goes through the cover, one characteristic of the TD-40.  Using the Bucyrus-Erie blade that was supplied for the TD-40
International TD-40 bulldozer knocking down trees, cutting a roadway for the Alcan Highway, 1942. Stack tube on side of engine goes through the cover, one characteristic of the TD-40. Using the Bucyrus-Erie blade that was supplied for the TD-40.

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