Skip to comments.ALLIES MEET A SETBACK IN TUNISIA; REGROUP FORCES; TANK BATTLE RAGES (12/5/42)
Posted on 12/05/2012 4:29:53 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
Winston S. Churchill, The Hinge of Fate
#1 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby
#2 - Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition - Kay Kyser, with Glee Club
#3 - Serenade in Blue - Glenn Miller, with Ray Eberly and the Modernaires
#4 Der Fuehrers Face, Spike Jones, with Carl Grayson
#5 - There Are Such Things - Tommy Dorsey, with Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers
#6 - Mister Five by Five Harry James, with Helen Forrest
#7 When the Lights Go On Again All Over the World - Vaughn Monroe
#8 Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition - The Merry Macs
#9 - I Had the Craziest Dream - Harry James, with Helen Forrest
#10 - Daybreak - Tommy Dorsey, with Frank Sinatra
* See also reply #3 above.
* See also reply #3 above.
Band of Brothers ping. (I got a few names from an earlier thread about the 101st.)
Japanese defense defeats Americans
Saturday, December 5, 1942 www.onwar.com
US troops move towards Japanese positions [photo at link]
In New Guinea... Japanese forces repel a strong US attack on their defensive positions at Buna.
December 5th, 1942
UNITED KINGDOM: Fighter squadrons from seven Allied countries took part today in the biggest series of daylight raids yet mounted on targets in Europe. Among them were two from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, a famous Free French Squadron and three from the USAAF.
Crack Polish squadrons flew alongside others from Canada and New Zealand, and this truly Allied effort was completed by battle-hardened RAF units.
They made independent sweeps to draw off enemy fighters and provided cover for British light bombers to make the main raid, a successful low-level attack on the Philips radio factory at Eindhoven in Holland, and for American B-17s and B-24s which raided an engineering works at Lille and the Abbeville fighter airfield.
Frigate HMS Findhorn launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-998, U-1163 laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: The Allies sink the German hospital ship GRAZ off Libya.
U-73 was attacked in the Mediterranean by an aircraft, and was damaged so badly that she had to return to base. (Dave Shirlaw)
NIGERIA: ASW trawlers HMS Bengali and Spaniard sunk by an explosion at Lagos. (Dave Shirlaw)
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA: Durban: At least three Allied ships have been sunk in the Indian Ocean in the past week by enemy submarines. Admiral Donitz, pursuing his policy of hitting at weak points in the Allied defences, has sent some of his long-range U-boats to operate from Japanese bases, sometimes with the help of Japanese boats. They have scored some notable successes. One British steamer, sunk off Zululand, had 1,000 South African troops on board. A British transport was sunk with South African troops and Italian refugees from Eritrea on board. A Greek ship, the CLEANTHIS (formerly the FRAMLINGTON CASTLE), was sunk on Monday.
NEW GUINEA: The Japanese defenders of Buna halt a renewed US attack.
AUSTRALIA: No. 18 Squadron RAAF equipped with the North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber moves to MacDonald, Northern Territory. (Jack McKillop)
Corvette HMCS Sorel completed forecastle extension refit Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
Frigate HMCS St Catharines launched Esquimalt, British Columbia. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Washington: The US Navy publishes its report on the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, revealing how much damage was done.
US: Pilots testing the Thunderbolt fighter plane report reaching 725 mph, just short of the speed of sound. (How accurate their measurements could be is a matter of debate.[AE])
Submarine USS Flounder laid down.
Destroyer USS Yarnall laid down.
Destroyer USS Heermann launched.
Minesweeper USS Swift launched.
Destroyer USS Renshaw commissioned.
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-128 sank SS Teesbank. (Dave Shirlaw)
Somebody say “101st”?
I love reading these threads.
Paratroop Hike 3 days.
...................................When the commander, Colonel Robert F Sink, made a talk at the hike’s end, he congratulated those who fell out.
“When you fell, you fell face forward.”
My hopes went up for a moment in that a large beureacrate organizaiton like the EPA can be abolished but then maybe not:
162.2 GENERAL RECORDS
History: FWA established 1939 to supervise the PBA, a consolidation of the Public Buildings Branch (Treasury) and the Branch of Buildings Management (National Park Service); the PRA, formerly the Bureau of Roads (Agriculture); the PWA, formerly the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works (FEAPW); the WPA; and the USHA, formerly the Housing Division, FEAPW. FFC (an independent agency) transferred to FWA, 1939. BCF established in FWA January 1, 1945. USHA transferred to National Housing Authority and redesignated Federal Public Housing Authority by EO 9070, February 24, 1942. PWA abolished by EO 9357, July 1, 1943. WPA abolished, effective June 30, 1943, by Presidential letter of December 4, 1942. When FWA was abolished in 1949, its surviving constituent units were organizationally or functionally assigned to GSA: PBA was abolished and reconstituted as the Public Buildings Service, PRA was renamed Bureau of Public Roads, BCF became the Community Facilities Service, and the FFC was transferred without change in name.
Emmons Wants 25,000 Rat Traps.
Besides His regular problems, Lt Gen Emmons, commander of the Hawaiian Department of the United State Army was trying to get a priority today for 25,000 rat traps to end a serious rat problem in Honolulu. A survey of the city disclosed that there was not a rat trap available.
Japan Said to Ban Dividends.
A German broadcast recorded by the United Press yesterday said the Japanese Ministry of Finance has prohibited all stock companies from paying dividends for the duration of the war.
Britons Offer Even Bets
War Will End by June
By The Associated Press
LONDON, Saturday, Dec. 5 -
The vast improvement in Allied
positions in November has
brought an increase in betting
as to the war's duration.
Some brokers are wagering
even money the war will end by
June, 1943, The News Chronicle
Lloyds, however, is refusing to
lay any odds or take any wagers.
Bet the farm on “Not ended by June ‘43.”