8 Jan 1943
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Makassar, Celebes. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Axis convoys between Italy and Tripoli, Libya were suspended after a British force of two cruisers and four destroyers sank 14 ships trying to reinforce and supply Erwin Rommel's troops. ww2dbase [AC]
  • General Rokossovsky issued a surrender ultimatum to German 6th Army, which guaranteed their lives and safety until their return to Germany after the war. Paulus refused the ultimatum. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | TH]
  • Japanese troops again halted a British assault at Donbaik, Burma. ww2dbase [First Battle of Arakan | CPC]
  • British submarine P311 (Commander R. D. Cayley) was reported missing and was believed sunk by a mine in the Mediterranean Sea. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Cruisers USS Nashville, USS St. Louis, USS Helena, USS Honolulu, HMNZS Achilles, USS Columbia, and USS Louisville escorted by destroyers USS Fletcher, USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, USS Lamson, and USS Drayton returned to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Columbia | Helena (St. Louis-class) | Walden Ainsworth | Honolulu | Louisville | St. Louis | Nashville | Drayton | Nicholas | DS]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • I-168 departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [I-68/I-168 | Truk | CPC]
Germany United Kingdom
  • British RAF Bomber Command's No. 8 Group was reformed as No. 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group under the command of Air Vice-Marshal Donald Bennett. With specialist squadrons the group's primary task would be to accurately mark targets to be attacked by other Bomber Command aircraft. ww2dbase [Donald Bennett | AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1943
Hull preparing to refuel at sea, 8 Jan 1943USS Snook undergoing sea trials, 8 Jan 1943

8 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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