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]
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  • 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]
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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