Skip to comments.U.S. NAVY STRUCK 7 MAJOR SHIPS IN BATTLE EAST OF SOLOMONS; MíARTHURíS PLANES HIT 7 OTHERS (11/2/42)
Posted on 11/02/2012 4:27:01 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Australians take back Kokada
Monday, November 2, 1942 www.onwar.com
In New Guinea... Kokada is recaptured by the Australian 25th Brigade. The reacquisition of the airfield here is especially important as it means supplies can be ferried in by air rather than lugged over the poor terrain of the Kokada Trail.
In the Solomon Islands... On Guadalcanal, the “Tokyo Express,” the flotilla of Japanese destroyers supplying their forces, begins to be very active. The American advance in the west continues slowly with some successes.
November 2nd, 1942
UNITED KINGDOM: Fairmiles HMC ML 092 and ML 093 commissioned.
Submarine HMS Statesman laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
GERMANY: Berlin: Dr. Sievers of the “Ancestral Heritage Institute” requisitions 150 dead Jewish Bolshevik commissars for dissection because they exemplify a “revolting but typical subhuman type.”
U-1222 is laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
POLAND: Jews around Bialystock try to resist, but 100,000 of them are taken for deportation to Treblinka.
NORTH AFRICA: Last night British General Montgomery’s Operation Supercharge begins. The British Eighth Army’s XXX Corps opens a breakout assault at 0100 hours. The New Zealand 2nd Division, in the lead, advances west under cover of an artillery barrage and secures a new corridor through the Axis mine fields. The 9th Armored Brigade passes through the corridor in the mine field and establishes a bridgehead across the track extending south from Rahrnan. At daybreak, the armoured brigade meets furious opposition from an Axis antitank screen and sustains over 75% casualties, but maintains the bridgehead. X Corps armor begins debouching through the bridgehead, and the 1st Armored Division becomes strongly engaged near Tel el Aqqaqir.
Taking heavy losses, the British can afford, they also take German tanks. By evening Rommel is down to 35 tanks and signals Hitler that he can no longer prevent a breakthrough.
(Note: To debouch is to march (move) from a narrow or confining area into an open area. For example, passing through a ravine onto open ground, or through a gap in barbed wire or a cleared lane through a minefield into the open. Seldom seen in US military usage, its common in British use. Americans “punch” or “thrust” through minefields.) (Gordon Rottman)
NEW GUINEA: Kokoda falls to the Australian 25th Brigade. The possession of the airstrip will ease the supply difficulties.
AUSTRALIA: Minesweeper HMAS Kiama laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
SOLOMON ISLANDS: At 0650 the 2nd Btn 7th Marines head east, from the Lunga perimeter on Guadalcanal, for the Metapona River. Their mission is to meet the Japanese force landed there last night.
U.S.A.: Submarine USS Ling laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-172 sank SS Llandilo.
U-174 sank SS Zaandam.
U-177 sank SS Aegeus.
U-586 sank SS Empire Gilbert.
U-522 sank SS Martima, Mount Pelion and Parethenon.
U-402 sank SS Dalcroy, Empire Antelope, Empire Leonard, and Rinos in Convoy SC-107.
SS Empire Sunrise sunk by U-84 and U-402 in Convoy SC-107.
SS Hartington sunk by U-521, U-438 and U-522 in Convoy SC-107.
SS Rose Castle (7,803 GRT) Canadian merchantman, While lying at anchor off Bell Island, Nfld, fully loaded with iron ore and waiting for a convoy, was torpedoed and sunk by U-518, Kptlt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann, CO. Of her crew of 46 men (reports vary on this detail), there were between seven and 11 survivors. Another merchant ship, the French ship PLM 27, was also sunk. Many of the survivors swan three-quarters of a mile to shore, including Pierre Edouard Gerard Simard, whom later who joined the Canadian Navy.
U-521 fired torpedo at corvette HMCS Moose Jaw in Convoy SC-107 but missed. (Dave Shirlaw)
"Jews from the Tomaszów Mazowiecki Ghetto were transported to the Treblinka death camp, and were among the first Jews to die in the camp's new gas chambers.
The new units had a capacity of 3,800, an 'improvement' over the three original chambers, which could hold 600 people at one time."
"Jews from Chmielnik (Poland) were forced into a ghetto in March 1940.
The subsequent overcrowding was exacerbated because Jews from beyond the region of Chmielnik were sent to the ghetto, as well.
Here, Chmielnik Jews are loaded into open boxcars for deportation to Treblinka in the fall of 1942.
Earlier in the year, from August 20 to 24, 21,000 of the region's Jews were shipped to Treblinka, where they died in the gas chambers."
I love the issues of Life. So much to digest.
A photo of Field Marshall Sir John Dill at the Combined Chiefs of Staff Conference. Sir John died while serving in Washington during the war. I believe he is the only non-US officer buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I could be wrong.
An advertisement for Blatz beer. Blatz was one of my staples in college; $2.49 a 12-pack. I think their advertising slogan was “After 3, who cares?”
Mary Ann Hyde had legs? I didn’t notice.
Great photos from the Battle of Stalingrad. They really bring home what a meatgrinder it was. Interesting that they were German, and not Soviet photographs. It is also interesting that the Germans were willing to release some of their aerial reconnaissance photos.
Glad those twins in Chicago could use Pepsodent powder to keep their teeth white. Of course it would have helped if they didn’t smoke. (yech).
And I wish I had some of that Kellogg’s Pep cereal about now. It’s been a long week. Good thing Mrs. Henkster isn’t wanting to go out partying tonight either. Maybe a high school football game instead.