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NAZIS ADMIT EVACUATION OF VYAZMA; BRITISH, BEHIND MARETH LINE, REPEL FOE (3/12/43)
Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/12/43 | Ralph Parker, Drew Middleton, Foster Hailey

Posted on 03/12/2013 4:31:52 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: milhist; realtime; worldwarii
Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
Reading assignment: New York Times articles delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
1 posted on 03/12/2013 4:31:52 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
Southwest Russia, 1942: German Counteroffensive, Operations, 19 February-18 March 1943
Tunisia, 1942: Situation 22 April and Operations Since 26 February 1943
The Far East and the Pacific, 1941: Status of Forces and Allied Theater Boundaries, 2 July 1942
India-Burma, 1942: Allied Lines of Communication, 1942-1943
2 posted on 03/12/2013 4:32:28 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
Big Base is Yielded – 2-3
Nazi Plan to Trap Kharkov Armies Failed by Thin Soviet Rear Guard (Parker) – 3
8th Army Unit Drives North, Beats Off a Rommel Column (Middleton) – 4
War News Summarized – 4
R.A.F. Ripped 2,000 Plants, Million Germans Homeless – 5
A German Landmark Reported Hit in Air Raid (photo) – 5
Shells Rained on Solomons Bases in Night Raid by U.S. Navy Ships (Hailey) – 6
The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 7-8
3 posted on 03/12/2013 4:34:23 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1943/mar1943/f12mar43.htm

Soviets in danger of being cut off
Friday, March 12, 1943 www.onwar.com

Spring weather reveals last winters dead [photo at link]

On the Eastern Front... The fighting continues in Kharkov. The German command dispatches a unit eastward to Chuguyev in an effort to cut off Soviet forces to the south of Kharkov. Meanwhile, the Red Army occupies Vyazma as the German Army Group Center continues to retreat on a wide front.

In Tunisia... The 2nd New Zealand Division and the 8th Armored Brigade are secretly moved south from Medenine. They are being concentrated west of Wilder’s Gap in preparation for an outflanking move around the Mareth Line, across the Dahar region.


4 posted on 03/12/2013 4:35:44 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/frame.htm

March 12th, 1943 (FRIDAY)

UNITED KINGDOM:
Escort carrier HMS Queen laid down.

Aircraft carrier HMS Unicorn commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)

GERMANY: RAF aircraft drop 1,000 tons of bombs on Essen, severely damaging the Krupps plant.
U-323 laid down.

U-1059 launched. (Dave Shirlaw)

ITALY: 230,000 workers stage a protest strike against Mussolini’s regime, bringing war production to a halt.

U.S.S.R.: Soviet troops liberated Wjasma. (Michael Ballard)

Germans and Russians battle at Kharkov.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: German Motor Torpedo Boat (S-boat) S-55 torpedoed and sank destroyer HMS Lightning in the Sicilian Straits.

Submarine HMS Turbulent sunk off Maddalena, NE of Sardinia by depth charges from Italian MTBs. Turbulent was declared overdue on 23 March 1943 when she failed to return to base. (Dave Shirlaw)

NORTH AFRICA: Preparations of the 8th Army in Tunisia for a flanking movement begin. The 2nd New Zealand Division and the 8th Armoured Brigade are secretly begin to concentrate west of Wilder’s Gap.

General Spaatz, commanding general of the USAAF Twelfth Air Force in North Africa receives a temporary promotion to Lieutenant General. (Jack McKillop)

Whilst operating with Force Q, destroyer HMS Lightning is torpedoed by German S-boats of the 7th Flotilla and sunk. There are 46 casualties but 170 survivors are picked up by HMS Loyal. Location: off Bizerta at 37 53N 69 50E. (Alex Gordon)(108)

U.S.A.: Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” is performed for the first time, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Eugene Goossens conducting.

Destroyer USS Hickox laid down.
Minesweeper USS Design laid down.

Submarine USS Sand Lance laid down.

(Dave Shirlaw)

ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-130 is sunkwest of the Azores, position 37.10N, 40.21W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Champlin. 53 dead (all hands lost). (Alex Gordon)

At 1820, U-638 attacked a straggler from Convoy ON-168 SW of Cape Farewell (grid AJ 5897) and thought they’d missed, but the Empire Light was damaged and abandoned. 39 crewmembers and six gunners were lost. The master, three crewmembers and one gunner were picked up by destroyer HMS Beverley and landed at St John’s. At 2212, U-468 sank the abandoned Empire Light by two coup de grâce.

SS Thomas Hooker sunk by U-653 at 53N, 43W in Convoy ONS-169.

A man from U-354 took his own life. [Maschinenmaat Helmut Richter]. (Dave Shirlaw)


5 posted on 03/12/2013 4:36:47 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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U.S.A.: Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" is performed for the first time, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Eugene Goossens conducting.

"Fanfare for the Common Man"

6 posted on 03/12/2013 4:37:25 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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Homer: "Fanfare for the Common Man"

Two of my daughters, ten years apart, played this in their school bands, one on a saxaphone, the other a trombone... ;-)

7 posted on 03/12/2013 5:58:21 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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The meat rationing I understand, but cheese too? Geez!


8 posted on 03/12/2013 3:53:18 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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The way they’re issuing proclamations tinkering with the economy it is no surprise there are cheese shortages. By this time there must be several generations of unintended consequences, each requiring a fix which creates new unintended consequences. But not to worry. We will shortly be hearing from John Maynard Keynes, who has some helpful suggestions on currency that will no doubt have everything humming along smoothly in no time at all.


9 posted on 03/12/2013 6:39:35 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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