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28th October 1942

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In Egypt. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) formations permit no rest to the Afrika Corps armoured ground forces, which are attempting to reorganise for a new counter-attack. By evening Field Marshal Erwin Rommel can count on 148 panzers and 187 Italian, a deplorable number compared with the 800 tanks still available to the British. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel exploits all his tactical and strategic skill, but Field Marshal Erwin Rommel recognises quite well that the battle is lost. In the north the Australian 9th Division persists in attacking and by the evening is near the coast road after driving a wedge into the Afrika Corps line. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel promptly brings up the 90. leichte Division and 21. Panzer-Division the latters place in the line is taken over by the Italian Trieste Division, kept in military reserve until now. The Afrika Corps forces try to reorganise for a renewed attack on the British positions, but they are hindered by the ceaseless hammering of the The British Royal Air Force (RAF). On the night of 28-29 October 1942 the British attack toward the sea to annihilate the salient that the Afrika Corps still hold on the coast and to cut the coastal road and railway line. They nearly reach the road, but are held up by the defenders of the strong point Thompson.

Russian Front. At the cost of heavy losses the Wehrmacht ground forces advanced along to streets in Stalingrad. Soviet marines raided Wehrmacht positions east of Novorossisk.

In India. Japanese aircraft raided United States aerodromes in Assam.

Fifty hostages executed in Warsaw as reprisal for sabotage.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, dispatched to attack convoy at sea, fail to locate target but attack cruisers in Pylos Bay. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack tanks, motor transports, and landing grounds. P-40 fighters fly medium bombers and Light bombers escort, bomb and strafe landing grounds and other targets, and engage aircraft in combat, mostly in area between El Alamein and El Daba. Fighters claim 3 Me 109's destroyed. Attacks by United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft cause enemy to abandon plan for counterattack on Kidney Ridge.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers pound shipping in harbour at Rabaul, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Gasmata airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers turn back from an attempted attack on Kiska sub base because of adverse weather. A B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs Attu with unobserved results and flies weather reconnaissance over Kiska, Amchitka, and Tanaga.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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