Diary December 31, 1943

 partisans at a rail blast

Russian partisans at a rail blast.

WW2 War Diary for Friday, December 31, 1943:

Eastern Front

Southern Sector: Russians storm Zhitomir – routing German garrison – and sweep westwards towards pre-war Polish frontier.

Home Fronts

USA: Death of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the composer; aged 69.

Mediterraean

Italy: Montgomery leaves British 8th Army.

Sea War

Merchant shipping losses in December 1943: 8 Allied ships with 53,871 tons in Atlantic, 23 Allied ships with 114,653 tons elsewhere.
53 Japanese ships with 207,048 tons in Pacific.
6 U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic (worldwide total of 7 losses), 31 new U-boats operational, 456 U-boats of all types total in service.
Total Shipping Losses 1943:
Allied and Neutral: 597 ships totalling 3,271,820 t.
Axis: Germans 237 U-boats, Italians 24 submarines, Japanese 27 submarines.

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