Wildly optimistic reports began to circulate that the war could be won by the end of the year.
A UPI report from London by Harrison Salisbury said:
"The Allies are believed to be revising their strategy in the light of the Italian situation for a spectacular drive to come to grips with Germany this fall and possibly end the European war by Christmas."
However no one would go on the record making that claim.
It was clear that Italy was in chaos and an opportunity had suddenly opened for the Allies.
In Florida the navy blimp K-74 was shot down by a German submarine. It would be the only airship downed in the war. All but one of the 11 man crew were rescued in the Atlantic off of Florida.
The blimp had succeeded in protecting merchant ships and the damage to U-134 forced the craft to return to base in August. Enroute home the sub would be intercepted by Royal Air Force bombers and sunk in the Bay of Biscay.
General George Patton would tarnish his reputation with two incidents about this time.
On August 1, 1943 he slapped an enlisted man in a hospital near Nicosia, Sicily. The man was suffering from a moderately severe case of psychoneurotic anxiety and told Patton, "I guess I can't take it."
The general slapped him in the face with his gloves and physically threw him out of the tent as he unleashed a torrent of abuse at him.
Ten days later a malaria victim was slapped at another hospital. A shell shocked enlisted man quivering in his cot was faced with Patton, pistol drawn saying "You ought to be lined up against a wall and shot."
The general later told a doctor, " I won't have these cowardly bastards hanging around our hospitals. We'll probably have to shoot them sometime anyway, or we'll raise a breed of morons."
Patton would later apologize and was reprimanded by General Eisenhower.
When he stood in front of his troops in September Patton said, "I thought I'd stand here and let you fellows see if I am as big a son of a bitch as you think I am.
On August 2, 1943 PT-109 would be sunk, rammed by a Japanese destroyer on a moonless night in Blackett Strait, Solmon Islands. Eleven of the 13 crewmen would survive and elude the Japanese including Lt. John F. Kennedy.
In Allied bombing raids from July 24-Aug 2 the police president of Hamburg estimated 41, 800 deaths.