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24th October 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancaster bombers carried out daylight raid on Milan, followed by night raids on Milan and other Northern Italian cities.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces made slight advance in one sector of Stalingrad.

In Africa. The British XXX Corps reaches its objectives the Oxalic line at dawn, in the rear of the Afrika Corps 15. Panzer-Division and the Italian Littorio division, but the X Corps armour has not yet succeeded in crossing the minefields and reaching their first objective Pierson. On the south flank the XIII Corps engages the Afrika Corps 21. Panzer-Division. Unlike Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, General Georg Stumme travelled without the protection of an escort and radio car. On 24 October 1942 General Georg Stumme and Colonel Büchting drove to the front to review the situation. On the way to the command post, the car came into open view and was attacked. General Georg Stumme's companion Büchting was killed by a shot in the head. General Georg Stumme was uninjured, but suffered a heart attack and died. General Georg Stumme body was found the following day. General Georg Stumme was replaced by General der Panzertruppe Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma. By nightfall the British first armoured division has managed to get its units through the minefields, but the 10th is still working its way through the corridor between the mines.

In Australasia. Japanese tank and artillery attacks repelled on Guadalcanal

Bomb explosions in Warsaw killed several Wehrmacht officers.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers support British Eighth Army Offensive West of El Alamein between Mediterranean Sea and Qattara Depression as 30 Corps, with 4 division in assault, secures 2 corridors through enemy minefields on British North flank, while 13 Corps on South flank breaks through minefields North of Himeimat and establishes small bridgehead. The medium bombers hit troop concentrations, tent areas, gun emplacements, and vehicles. P-40 fighters, working with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and South African Air Force (SAAF), escort medium bombers and Light Bombers and hit motor transports and tanks.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Lae airfield. Organised Japanese resistance on Goodenough Island ceases.

South Pacific (SOPAC). Marine and Army Air Forces fighters at Henderson Field continue to inflict damaging losses upon Japanese naval air force. Japanese ground forces, attacking aggressively, are again repulsed by defences around Henderson area.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Kiska submarine base. Results not observed. Weather reconnaissance flight is made over Attu.

M461 Minesweeper
Launched 24 October 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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