Diary January 1, 1943

Retreat of German troops through the snow-covered steppe

Retreat of German troops through the snow-covered steppe on the Eastern Front

WW2 War Diary for Friday, January 1, 1943:

Eastern Front

Central Sector: Velikie Luki rail junction, on Central Front, stormed by Russians; German garrison annihilated.
Southern Sector: Russians drive towards Rostov and take the offensive in the Caucasus. Elista, capital of Kalmuck SSR, recaptured.

Sea War

Atlantic: German blockade-runner Rhakotis sunk by HMS Scylla off Cape Finisterre. Hitler orders all big warships to be laid up.

Air War

Mediterranean: US bombers raid 3 airfields on Crete (night January 1-2).

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