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4th November 1942

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Events On This Day

In Egypt. British Headquarters in Cairo in special communiqué announced that Eighth Army had won magnificent victory, against Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps and they were in full retreat.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces continued its attacks by infantry and panzers were repulsed in several sectors of Stalingrad.

Fifty hostages shot in Slovenia as reprisal for killing of German official.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bengasi harbour, hitting 3 ships and claiming 1 enemy fighters shot down. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40s attack motor transports and troops retreating West from El Alamein battle line with British in pursuit. 10 Corps armour clashes with rear guard South of Ghazal. General Andrews replaces General Maxwell as Commanding General United States Army Forces in the Middle East (USAFIME).

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town and harbour of Salamaua, A-20 Havoc light bombers hit troop concentrations at Oivi, where Australian attack meets firm resistance, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Aileu. Transports fly most of the remainder of 128th Infantry, 32d Division, to Wanigela.

Eleventh Air Force. Bad weather at Umnak and Dutch Harbour and flooded field at Adak preclude missions. New Adak runway permits an air alert.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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