23 Sep 1943
  • Red Army captured Poltava, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Joseph Goebbels visited Adolf Hitler at Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany. The two had dinner together, during which Adolf Hitler shared his belief that Winston Churchill would not be willing to consider peace offers coming from Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Indian 8th Infantry Division began to arrive at Taranto, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Colonel Walter Schöll issued the complete evacuation of the coast near Naples, Italy within a day; the area had a population of over 200,000. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Harder sank freighter Kowa Maru and tanker Daishin Maru off Nagoya Bay, Japan, hitting each with one torpedo; six torpedoes were expended in this attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Vilna Ghetto in Lithuania was liquidated. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands Russia
  • Colonel Pyotr P. Timofeev was named the Soviet counterintelligence agency GUKR SMERSH's chief within the Steppe Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • King George VI cabled Chiang Kaishek, informing the Chinese leader that Louis Mountbatten would soon be dispatched to Chinese to discuss an Anglo-American-Chinese joint offensive against Japanese forces in Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Air Marshal Arthur Harris despatched a bomber raid to Berlin, Germany to test the effectiveness of the H2S navigation system over the city and to probe German defences before the first major operation was undertaken. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
United States
  • USS Gar entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States for overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Brill was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Sep 1943
African-American MS2c Percy Hope, S1c Lilton Walker, and SC1c Jack Kelsen of USN 34th Construction Battalion trading with natives of Malaita at Halavo, Florida Island, Solomon Islands, 23 Sep 1943German troops of Großdeutschland Division firing a 2.8 cm sPzB 41 anti-tank gun aboard a SdKfz. 250/10 half-track vehicle on the northern Eastern Front, 23 Sep 1943Private Paul Oglesby of US 30th Infantry Regiment standing before an altar in a damaged Catholic Church at Acerno, Italy, 23 Sep 1943

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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