6 Sep 1943
  • Operation Sizilien: Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, and 9 destroyers departed Kåfjord, Norway for an attack on the Allied base on Spitzbergen. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Operation Sizilien: Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, and 9 destroyers departed Kåfjord, Norway for an attack on the Allied base on Spitzbergen. ww2dbase [Scharnhorst | CPC]
  • Red Army succeeded in rupturing the line between German Armeegruppe Mitte and German Armeegruppe Süd. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Major Egon Mayer of the German Geschwaderkommodore of JG2 "Richthofen" shot down three B-17 bombers in the space of just 19 minutes. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The minesweeper USS Arch was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease act. ww2dbase [AC]
  • John Basilone began a bond tour in the New York City region of the United States. ww2dbase [John Basilone | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank a Japanese transport in the Palau Islands, hitting her with three of four torpedoes fired. The subsequent depth charge counterattack caused severe leaks. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
  • USS Ancon departed Algiers, French Algeria for the invasion of Italy with Lieutenan General Mark Clark on board. ww2dbase [Ancon | Operation Avalanche | Algiers | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The first transport aircraft landed at the Nadzab Airfield, Australian Territory of New Guinea. ww2dbase [Nadzab Airfield | Nadzab | CPC]
Germany Italy
  • German units in the southwestern tip of Italy began falling back toward Castrovillari. ww2dbase [Operation Avalanche | Calabria | CPC]
  • Nachi departed Ominato Guard District, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. After dark, about 50 miles northeast of Ominato, she was detected by US submarine USS Halibut (which mis-identified Nachi as a destroyer) and was struck by one of Halibut's spread of four torpedoes; the torpedo failed to detonate. ww2dbase [Nachi | Mutsu, Aomori | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Reginald McKenna passed away in London, England, United Kingdom. He had been Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith's Home Secretary, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, during the early part of the Great War, before becoming the Chairman of the Midland Bank in 1918. ww2dbase [London, England | AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 6 Sep 1943
British Army General J. L. Hawksworth and US Navy Rear Admiral Richard L. Connolly aboard Biscayne, 6 Sep 1943, while preparing for Salerno, Italy landingsChurchill AVRE vehicle with fascine, of UK 79th (Experimental) Armored Division Royal Engineers, 6 Sep 1943Japanese-American recruits of anti-tank company of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team ferrying a gun across a stream during training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, United States, 6 Sep 1943Gleaves-class destroyer USS Turner steaming in the Atlantic, 6 Sep 1943. Note torpedo tubes between the stacks and three sets of Mousetrap anti-submarine rocket rails on the foredeck.

6 Sep 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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