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19 Feb 1943
  • Rommel launched a surprise counter-attack at Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, overwhelming the fresh but inexperienced Americans. ww2dbase [Battle of Kasserine Pass | AC]
  • German Army Group South began a counteroffensive toward Kharkov, Ukraine and Belgorod, Russia. ww2dbase [Third Battle of Kharkov | CPC]
  • USS Runner attacked a Japanese transport and an escorting destroyer in the western Pacific; she claimed the sinking of a Japanese transport, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired; four torpedoes were fired at the destroyer without any hits. ww2dbase [Runner (Gato-class) | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler departed the headquarters of German Army Group South. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Hamakaze at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Feb 1943
Jorge Vargas, President of the Japanese-sponsored Philippine Executive Commission, speaking in public with his daughter, 19 Feb 1943American Red Cross assistant field director Herbert M. Sifford grinding coffee in a camp near Tebessa, Tunisia before heading out to meet soldiers, 19 Feb 1943British PIAT team on exercise at a firing range in Tunisia, 19 Feb 1943

19 Feb 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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Thomas Dodd, late 1945