13 Oct 1943

  • USS S-28 arrived at Attu, US Territory of Alaska, ending her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • About 270 Allied aircraft were launched from bases in Australian Papua to attack the Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain. Poor weather would cause the raid to be canceled. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Jakarta, Java. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Noor Inayat Khan was captured by agents of the German Sicherheitsdienst (SD) organization in Paris, France. ww2dbase [Noor Inayat Khan | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • Marshal Pietro Badoglio's new Italian government announced a declaration of war against Germany. Meanwhile, US Fifth Army crossed the Volturno River in Italy. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | TH]
  • 120,000 Soviet troops moved into the Chechen?Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in southern Russia ostensibly to repair roads and bridges but in actuality in preparation to control the local Chechen and Ingush (Ghalghai) population. ww2dbase [Deportation of Caucasian, Altaic, and Turkish Peoples | CPC]
  • Red Army units reached Melitopol, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
Photo(s) dated 13 Oct 1943
Badoglio declared war on Germany, 13 Oct 1943; American representative Taylor on left

13 Oct 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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