In Africa. Field Marshal Erwin
launches an attack along the whole of the EL. Alamein front. The battle
of Alam el Halfa has begun, so called because the main fighting is around the
ridge of that name Southeast of El Alamein. Erwin
plan is for diversionary attacks against the enemy XXX Corps on the
left, towards El Alamein, by the German 164. Division and the Italian Trento and
Bologna divisions, the main attack will then be delivered against the British
XIII Corps in the southern sector of the German line, by the 90th light division,
the Italian motorised corps (with the Ariete and Littorio divisions) the Folgore
division and the reconnaissance group. Erwin
intention is to turn the British position is from the South, then
moved east from Alam el Halfa Ridge and surround the whole of the British eighth
Army. What makes Erwin
offensive necessary at this moment is the realisation that the rebuilding
and redeployment of General Alexander's forces can only improve with time. Erwin
declares, the decision to attack today is the most serious I have taken
in my life. Either we reach the Suez Canal now, or else.
12 dive bombers and 18 fighters arrived to strengthen the American air force on
Henderson fields. Japanese dive bombers attack and sink the fast American transport
USS Colhoun off the coast.
New Guinea. In the evening the Japanese attack
at Milne Bay and sees a landing strip. Next morning they are driven back after
bloody fighting Inland they are still advancing towards Port Moresby
United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb docks and jetties in Tobruk Harbour.
Tenth Air Force. Myitkyina, northern most Japanese supply depot and airfield
in Burma, from which fighters could hit Dinjan (terminus of Assam-Burma Ferry),
is bombed for first time by 8 China based B-25 Mitchell medium bombers .
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers attack shipping in Saint George Channel.
Force. United States troops occupy Kuluk Bay, amidst a terrific storm and start
building a runway. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers photograph Kiska but do not
bomb due to overcast, and then fly patrol and photo reconnaissance over Amchitka
and Tanaga. P-38 Lightning fighters fly patrol between Great Sitkin and Little
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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