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24 Jan 1943
  • Tirpitz completed its refitting at Fættenfjord/Lofjord near Trondheim, Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Casablanca Conference ended with the announcement of a requirement for unconditional surrender from Germany to end the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Soviet troops liberated Starobelskiy, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Soviet Trans-Caucasian Front's offensive toward the Kuban bridgehead was halted near Krasnodar and Novorossiysk. A new offensive drive, named the Tikhoretsk-Eisk Offensive Operation, was launched on this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British war expenditure was estimated to be running at £14 million a day. ww2dbase [AC]
  • American destroyers bombarded Japanese fuel and munitions dumps in the Stanmore area, Kolombangara, Solomon Islands. Later on the same day, US Navy carrier aircraft attacked the same targets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 12 German aircraft were launched to attack Allied convoy JW-52; only three of them found and attacked the convoy, and all three were shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Burma
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a Wellington bomber over Rangoon, Burma, his 19th victory. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo reconnoitered waters far north of Wewak, Australian New Guinea. Encountering Japanese destroyer Harusame with submarines nearby, she fired three bow torpedoes, a fourth bow torpedo as Harusame turned toward Wahoo. After all four had missed, Wahoo repositioned her self and fired two more torpedoes, this time hitting and seriously damaging Harusame. Harusame was able to beach herself to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • A transport from a psychiatric hospital at Apeldoornse Bosh with 921 Jews arrived at Auschwitz Concentration Camp. After the selection, 16 men and 60 women were registered; the remaining were sent to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Russia
  • The Soviets once again demanded surrender from the encircled German forces in Stalingrad, Russia. Responding to Friedrich Paulus' message requesting permission to surrender as his men were now nearly out of ammunition and medical supplies, Adolf Hitler told Paulus to fight to the last man even if defeat was imminent. By the end of this day, the German forces in Stalingrad would be divided in two pockets and would have lost the use of the final airstrip available to them, Stalingradsaya Airfield. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Glyndwr Michael, homeless and suffering from mental illness, was found dead in an abandoned warehouse in King's Cross, London, England, United Kingdom after consuming rat poison which contained phosphorus; it was unknown whether he had committed suicide or simply ate what he thought was thrown-away food laced with the poison for the purpose of pest control. The discovery of his remains was reported to MI5 per previous request for such a body. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Jan 1943
Free French leaders Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud at Casablanca Conference, Morocco, 24 Jan 1943; Roosevelt and Churchill in backgroundFranklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill pose for photographs in the gardens of Roosevelt’s Villa Dar es Saada in the Anfa neighborhood of Casablanca, French Morocco during the Casablanca Conference, 24 Jan 1943.Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill brief war correspondents in the gardens of Roosevelt’s Villa Dar es Saada in the Anfa neighborhood of Casablanca, French Morocco during the Casablanca Conference, 24 Jan 1943.Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill brief war correspondents in the gardens of Roosevelt’s Villa Dar es Saada in the Anfa neighborhood of Casablanca, French Morocco during the Casablanca Conference, 24 Jan 1943.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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