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12 Mar 1943
  • Tirpitz arrived at Bogen near Narvik, Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokohoma for her 11th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • German troops evacuated Vyazma, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German occupation authorities in the Netherlands ordered Jews residing in eight of the country's eleven provinces to be deported to the Vught (Hertogenbosch) Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian workers conducted a strike. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German and Soviet troops engaged in heavy fighting at Kharkov, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Manton Eddy gave George Patton the unofficial news of Patton's promotion to the temporary rank of lieutenant general. The promotion would be approved by the United States Senate within a few days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Destroyer USS Belknap (DD 251) discovered lifeboats from damaged merchant ship Madoera and sunken merchant ship Jonathan Sturges and took on the survivors. ww2dbase [HM]
  • Lin Sen suffered a stroke during a meeting with the Canadian delegation to Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • RAF bombers attacked Krupp steel plants in Essen, Germany, causing heavy damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The company Ostindustrie GmbH established by the German SS organization; it was to act as the holding company for Jewish businesses in Lublin, Poland taken over by the SS. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Richard Sutherland presented the Elkton II plan for operations in the Pacific to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States. The plan was treated coldly by the JCS, as it did not wish to devote additional resources to the Pacific theater of war. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Mar 1943
PBM-3C Mariner aircraft of US Navy patrol squadron VP-203 at Naval Air Station Isla Grande, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12 Mar 1943Japanese-American girl walking in rain, Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas, United States, 12 Mar 1943A string quartet practing, Jerome Relocation Center for Japanese-Americans, Jerome, Arkansas, United States, 12 Mar 1943; left to right: Yutaka Motasuda, Seichi One, John Yamashita, and Joe Iwasaki

12 Mar 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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