25 Oct 1942
  • American SBD aircraft seriously damaged Japanese light cruiser Yura. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS S-31 patrolled the Onekotan Strait between Paramushiro and Onekotan in the Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Finback attacked a Japanese transport with three torpedoes east of Taiwan; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British XXX Corps moved north, with Australian 26th Brigade at the spearhead, attacked Point 29 southwest of Tel el Eisa, Egypt. This was meant to draw Axis reserves to the area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American troop transport President Coolidge hit mines and sank near Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides; all troops aboard survived the sinking, but large amounts of equipment and supplies were lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops launched the Nalckik-Ordzhonikidze Defensive Operation in the Caucasus region of southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Australian Papua
  • With discipline declined, equipment abandoned and diarrhea and dysentery reaching epidemic proportions, the 2nd Battalion of US 126th Infantry Regiment arrived at Jaure, Australian Papua along the Kapa Kapa Trail in the Owen Stanley mountain range. The march had been so arduous that some men had wandered into the jungle never to be seen again. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Before dawn, the Japanese launched an offensive on the southern flank of the American defensive line at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, aiming to capture Henderson Field; US Marines repeatedly drove back the waves of attacks. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • After nightfall, Japanese destroyers attacked American shipping in the Sealark Channel between the Florida Islands and Taivu Point of Guadalcanal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1st Lieutenant Lyman Middleditch, Jr. of USAAF 57th Fighter Group, flying a P-40F fighter, shot down one German Bf 109 fighter during an attack on the German fighter base Landing Ground 20 in Egypt. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a P-40 fighter over an area of India now Bangladesh, his fourth victory. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel visited Rome, Italy to press for more supplies for the war in North Africa. He arrived in Egypt to assume command of all Axis units in North Africa by the evening. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale arrived in waters south of the Kii Channel between the islands of Shikoku and Honshu, Japan and began to lay mines. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Friedrich Paulus reported to Adolf Hitler that Stalingrad, Russia would be taken by 10 Nov 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Acnon departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Oct 1942
Light cruiser Atlanta at Espiritu Santo, 25 Oct 1942US P-66 Vanguard fighters at an airfield in Karachi, India, 25 Oct 1942

25 Oct 1942 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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