Diary March 10, 1942

Lieutenant-General Joseph W Stillwell

Lieutenant-General Joseph W Stillwell (1883-1946). ‘Vinegar Joe’ was an obvious choice to be senior US military representative in China; he had studied the language in Peking in the 1920s, and had been US military attaché 1935-39.

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, March 10, 1942:

Far East

China: Lieutenant-General ‘Vinegar Joe’ Stilwell, US Army, appointed CoS by Chiang Kai-shek.

Sea War

Pacific: US carrier planes strike Japanese shipping at Lae and Salamaua. Japanese land at Buka (Bougainville), Solomon Islands.

Air War

Germany: 134 RAF bombers attacking Essen and dropping 225t of bombs

Home Fronts

Hungary: Kallay succeeds Bardossy as Prime Minister.
Britain: Eden reports to House of Commons on Japanese outrages following capture of Hong Kong (December 25, 1941) including massacre of hospital staff and patients.

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