1 Jan 1943
  • I-168 arrived at Guadalcanal with 15 tons of cargo; she was chased away by two patrol boats after only 60% of her cargo had been unloaded. ww2dbase [I-68/I-168 | CPC]
  • German 1st Panzer Division withdrew from Terek area in southern Russia to prevent encirclement by the Soviet Salsk-Rostov and Mozdok-Stavropol Offensive Operations. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | TH]
  • In a letter to Chester Nimitz, Bill Halsey described Miles Browning as someone who "has an uncanny knack of sizing up a situation and coming out with an answer" in an attempt to save Browning's career as the temperamental Browning had made many political enemies. ww2dbase [Miles Browning | CPC]
  • USS Gar reported firing four torpedoes against two Japanese ships on this date, hitting one of them with one torpedo and causing damage. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • The US 2nd Marine Aviation Engineer Battalion and the US Army 27th Division arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • HMS Activity began hosting deck landing training. ww2dbase [Activity | CPC]
  • Frustrated with the poor performance of the German Navy, Adolf Hitler angrily ordered the decommissioning of the entire German high seas fleet. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • Claus von Stauffenberg was promoted to lieutenant colonel. ww2dbase [Claus von Stauffenberg | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Wolfgang Falck was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant. ww2dbase [Wolfgang Falck | CPC]
  • Lord Gort was promoted to the rank of field marshal. ww2dbase [John Vereker | AC]
  • Archibald Wavell was promoted to the rank of field marshal. ww2dbase [Archibald Wavell | AC]
  • Alexander Löhr was made the Commander-in-Chief of the South East, with personal command over Army Group E. ww2dbase [Alexander Löhr | CPC]
Australia Australian New Guinea Hawaii Photo(s) dated 1 Jan 1943
Crusader Mk III tank in North Africa, 1 Jan 1943Soviet troops charging near Leningrad, Russia, 1 Jan 1943; note PPD submachine gun

1 Jan 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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