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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USMC Landing Vehicle, Tracked (4) (LVT-4 or AMTRAC)

USMC Landing Vehicle, Tracked (4) (LVT-4 or AMTRAC Model 4) is 26 feet long and has a rear ramp. It carries 45 men, a jeep or fieldpiece with crew.

USMC Landing Vehicle, Tracked (4) (LVT-4)
USMC Landing Vehicle, Tracked (4) (LVT-4)

USMC LVT-4 at the National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, TX.  Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.
USMC LVT-4 at The National Museum of the Pacific War (formerly the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center), Fredericksburg, TX. Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.

USMC LVT-4 at the National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, TX.  Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.
USMC LVT-4 at The National Museum of the Pacific War (formerly the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center), Fredericksburg, TX. Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.

USMC LVT-4 at the National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, TX.  Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.
USMC LVT-4 at The National Museum of the Pacific War (formerly the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center), Fredericksburg, TX. Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.

USMC LVT-4 at the National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, TX.  Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.
USMC LVT-4 at The National Museum of the Pacific War (formerly the Admiral Nimitz Museum and Historical Center), Fredericksburg, TX. Photo courtesy of Bob Pettit.