21 Aug 1943
  • The I. G. Farben factory in Oppau, Germany increased the minimum requirement of work for forced laborers to 67 hours per week. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Claude Auchinleck compromised in regards to Orde Wingate's demands, offering to provide him with five brigades (Wingate had wanted eight) for operations in Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-354 pursued an Allied convoy off northern Russia to no success. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • USS Bluefish arrived at Brisbane, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Hoe departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: More of Air Group 9 departed. Part of Air Group 5 departed. Part of Air Group 23 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Italy
  • George Patton apologized to Private Paul Bennett whom he slapped at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital for accused cowardice. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • The authorities at the Birkenau women's camp at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland selected 498 Jewish women considered unable to work for the gas chamber; 438 of them were Greeks. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Ukraine
  • Erich von Manstein authorized the retreat from Kharkov, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

21 Aug 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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