4 Feb 1943
  • Destroyer Yukikaze evacuated troops from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish began her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny's crew found a six feet long black and yellow striped snake aboard and disposed of it. Later on the same day, she detected a hospital ship and chose not to take any action. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet naval infantry thwarted a German attempt to land at Malaya Zemlya. Nearby, later on the same day, Soviet troops landed near Novorossiysk, southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Rear Admiral Shintaro's destroyers extracted 3,921 Japanese soldiers from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands successfully, but four of his destroyers were damaged by air attack from Henderson Field. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British 8th Army entered Tunisia. ww2dbase [AC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Army Air Forces 70th Bombardment Squadron of 38th Bombardment Group, equipped with B-26 medium bombers, was transferred out of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • In Germany, three days of national mourning began over the disaster at Stalingrad, Russia. All theatres, cinemas and night clubs were closed. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Libya
  • Winston Churchill visited Tripoli, Libya and inspected British 8th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • A transport of 890 Jews from Westerbork Concentration Camp in the Netherlands arrived at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. 48 of the 312 males and 52 of the females were registered; the remaining 790 were sent to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]

4 Feb 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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"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal