Recently people have been joining me on my Sunday Walks in Downtown Albany. Typically, I walk in Albany when I'm scheduled as a tour guide on the USS Slater. A slide show and a map are detailed at this blog entry. I plan on walking on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. You can contact me at:

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

This day, seventy years ago, 07/29/1942

Seventy years ago on this day, Wednesday, July 29, 1942 (during the Battle of the Atlantic two merchant ships were sunk): The Norwegian steam merchant Bill was torpedoed and sunk by U-155; and the unescorted Canadian steam merchant Prescodoc was torpedoed and sunk by the U-160.

There were 87 U-Boats at Sea (Events this day - U-Boat Net).

U-210 sights Convoy ON.115 in the North Atlantic (41 Ships). Within a week 3 ships will be sunk and two damaged.

In July, 1942:  97 ships (458,351 tons) were sunk and 11 ships (90,138 tons) were damaged by U-boats and mines.

The First Battle of El Alamein ended. The British had stopped the Afrika Korps advance into Egypt.

Soviet Marshal Josef Stalin began moving massive numbers of troops into the Stalingrad area.

Gas rationing began on the East Coast of the United States.

Operation Watchtower began as 17,000 U.S. Marines boarded ships near Fiji on July 26, 1942. The Watchtower force, numbering 75 warships and transports left for Guadalcanal on July 31. The USS San Francisco is in the Watchtower Force. 

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