Skip to comments.MORE JAPANESE LAND ON GUADALCANAL; STALINGRAD HOLDS OFF NEW NAZI DRIVE (10/6/42)
Posted on 10/06/2012 6:01:14 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
More American aid for Soviet Union
Tuesday, October 6, 1942 www.onwar.com
From Washington... An additional Lend-Lease agreement is signed by the US and the USSR. It provides for 4,400,000 tons of supplies to reach the Soviet Union by July 1943. Seventy five per cent of the materiel is to be transported by sea, the remainder through the land route in Iran.
On the Eastern Front... In the Caucasus, German Army Group A captures the oil-producing city of Malgobek near Mozdok. German advances continue toward Terek.
In New Guinea... American troops begin implementation of General MacArthur’s offensive to cut off the retreat of the Japanese forces withdrawing in the face of Australian attacks. Elements of the US 32nd Division begin to move down the Kapa Kapa Trail. They are 25 miles southwest of the Kokado Trail which the Japanese are using as an escape route. The terrain is very difficult.
October 6th, 1942
GERMANY: U-369 is laid down.
U-219 and U-848 are launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
NORWAY: Martial law is declared in Trondheim.
U.S.S.R.: Malgobek, in the Caucasus, falls to German Army Group A.
* The German III. Panzerkorps (von Mackensen) captures Malgobek in the bend of the Terek River in the Caucasus.
* Units of Heeresgruppe Mitte (von Bock) capture Brjansk on the road to Moscow. (Jack McKillop)
LIBYA: US Army, Middle East Air Force B-24s hit Bengasi harbor, scoring a large number of near misses but no direct hits; a B-24 bombs Bardia during the return flight. AA is heavy and accurate and fighters attack 6 B-24s over target; 2 B-24s are lost. (Jack McKillop)
NEW GUINEA: Units of the US 32nd Division begin to advance over the Kapa Kapa Trail, 25 miles SW of the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. This route over the Owen Stanley Mountains is through even worse terrain that the Kokoda Track.
Fifth Air Force aircraft complete the movement of the reinforced Australian 18 Brigade to Wanigela on the peninsula between Dyke Acland and Collingwood Bays on the east coast of Papua; this is part of the move aimed at capture of the Buna-Gona area. (Jack McKillop)
TERRITORY OF ALASKA: ALEUTIAN ISLANDS: The Eleventh Air Force dispatches 8 B-24 Liberators, a B-17 Flying Fortress, 10 P-39Airacobras, and 8 P-38 Lightnings to fly bombing and weather missions over Kiska Island; a large transport is bombed in the harbor which is left sinking; hits are scored on a corvette and on a large freighter at Gertrude Cove and on a hangar in Main Camp; the radio station is damaged; and a float fighter is strafed and set afire. (Jack McKillop)
CANADA: Minesweeper HMCS Oshawa laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: The U.S.S.R., and the US sign an additional Lend-Lease Agreement covering the next year. 75% of the supplies are to be delivered by sea and the balance through Iran.
* A second U.S. merchant ship is sunk off the coast of Oregon by the Japanese submarine HIJMS I-25 in 3 days. The ship is the armed tanker SS Larry Dohney.
* Chester Floyd Carlson obtains a patent on the xerography process for making electrostatic copies. Carlson worked in the patent department of an electronics firm and was frustrated at the difficulty of making copies of patent drawings. He investigated various processes and developed xerography after four years of experimenting. He made the first Xerox copy on 22 October 1938. Although he received a patent in 1942, he failed to interest companies in producing copy machines until 1947, when the Haloid Company of Rochester, New York, licensed the process. The company, which later changed its name to Xerox, introduced its first copy machine in 1958. (Jack McKillop)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-116 sent her last radio message on this day (a weather report); nothing more was ever heard from this boat.
U-333 fought an epic battle with the British corvette HMS Crocus on 6 Oct, 1942. The U-boat lost 3 men dead (including the IWO) and several men wounded, including the commander, Peter Erich Cremer. The boat was heavily damaged and limped back to base with help from a replacement WO from the Milk Cow U-459. Cremer then spent 3 months in a hospital.[Oberleutnant zur See Bernhard Hermann, Bootsmaat Heinz Kurze, Maschinenobergefreiter Erwin Levermann]
Interesting article about Robert Moses’ plans for scrap metal.
Surviving the sinking was both good and bad news...he was alive but then he was put on an LST and had to endure two years of terrifying combat landing troops and material on hostile beaches.
While on liberty in the Philippines his ship was set on fire by a Kamikaze and had to be towed out to sea and sunk. After a psychological screening (common for amphib sailors the stress was so severe) he was put on a Tin Can in the Atlantic for the rest of the war...
...the war haunted him until his death in 2000.
"A bilingual poster in Hebrew and English entreated members of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, to enlist in the British Armed Forces.
The Hebrew text reads: "Follow in my footsteps."
Throughout the Second World War, the British government attempted to enlist recruits from throughout its empire.
In Palestine, however, the British had to be careful not to anger the Arab community."
"Female members of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, were encouraged to enlist in the women's Auxiliary Territorial Service unit of the British Armed Forces.
The scope of World War II placed an enormous burden on Britain and other belligerents.
The need for soldiers, munitions workers, nurses, doctors, and other personnel was seemingly limitless.
Tremendous effort was expended to attract and recruit individuals from throughout the empire."
"A sheet of 12-Pfennig Hitler stamps reminds us of the ubiquitous image of the German chancellor.
Hitler's presence was felt throughout German society.
The Nazi propaganda machine tirelessly reinforced the link between the Führer and the nation.
And that link was strong: The Third Reich that was Hitler's creation would not survive his demise."
In the gas vans the drivers had the choice of putting the condemned slowly to sleep and then death or stomp on the accelerator so as to kill them faster but more painfully...a choice I would not relish having to make.
I have yet to find out how they did it in Treblinka.
Followed no doubt by a trip to southeast Asia a few months later. By the time I got to the Navy's Hospital Corps school in San Diego in Sept. 1970 I believe they had stopped deploying Marines to Vietnam. I may be wrong on that. Anyway, we learned that earlier entire classes, upon graduation, were loaded onto trucks and transported to Camp Pendleton. Goodbye USN, hello USMC.
Thanks for answering the call, oh8eleven.
Most of my moments were relatively dull. I spent my entire enlistment in Naval Hospitals. In California. I joined the Navy and saw the world from Oakland to San Diego.
The gas vans were unreliable. Peoples tolerance to CO varies, CO output from engines of different type varied, leaks in pipes and seals also contributed to variable results.
Either would suck but I think I'd take the Zyklon. Death was almost instantaneous especially if you were near one of the openings. In Treblinka, they packed the people in the chambers like sardines. Sometimes the engines supplying the gas would break down and the poor souls would be packed in there for hours.
I would never hold the producers of bullets to the same moral standards as they who shoot them.
A real technician would criticize the inefficiency of the Holocaust even if the body count was twice what it was.
Not nice nor mean they just promote efficacious applications to sundry objectives.
Yep. And I forgot to mention fuel was precious to the Germans.
...but I expect, like Obama, he was just another soulless socialist antisemite thinking only of himself.
Looks like the woman at the bottom right may be carving a ham?
She left Pearl Harbor on 30th June, 1942 and after calling at Midway to top up her tanks, headed north to the Aleutians on her first war patrol.
She was ordered to patrol north of Kiska and on 15 July she reported that she had been attacked by an enemy destroyer and that she had fired three torpedoes at the vessel, but all missed.
Later that same day she reported that she had engaged three Jap submarine chasers , sank two, and badly damaged the other.
After the war Jap records confirmed the Grunion had indeed sunk the Ch.25 and Ch.27.
On 19 July she joined other US subs patrolling the approaches to Kiska harbor.On the 28th she reported an unsucessful attack on enemy shipping and a subsequent depth charging.
Her last report on the 30th told of heavy anti-submarine activity in her patrol area so she was ordered to leave the area and proceed to Dutch Harbor.
USS Grunion and her crew of seventy were never seen or heard from again.
The loss of Grunion will always remain a mystery and post war examination of Japanese records reveal no enemy action after she left Kiska.