Diary January 19, 1943

US Commander Fredenhall in Tunisia

US Commander Fredenhall in Tunisia confers with the French.

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 19, 1943:


Western Desert: British 8th Army occupies Homs.
Tunisia: German tanks launch diversionary attack through Ousseltia Valley, but are held by French Foreign Legion and tanks of Combat Command B.

Occupied Territories

Holland: Birth of Princess Margriet in Ottawa – third child of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

Eastern Front

Southern Sector: Russians have now captured 27,600 Hungarians, 22,000 Italians and 2,500 Germans in Voronezh sector.

Sea War

Pacific: ‘Cactus Striking Force’ (4 American destroyers) commence regular bombardment of Japanese positions on Guadalcanal.


Solomons: US forces launch final offensive on Guadalcanal; Mt. Austen (‘Strongpoint Gifu’) captured.
New Guinea: Australians destroy Japanese remnants in Sanananda village (750 killed) – thereby ending Papuan fighting.

Papua New Guinea Campaign Losses (since November 1942)
Killed Wounded Died of Typhus
Japanese 9,390 ? ?
Allies 3,095 5,451 200+
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