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19 Mar 1942
  • Operations Munich and Bamberg were launched against Soviet partisans, though tactical successes turned out to be counter-productive, encouraging more civilians to join the partisans. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Lieutenant General William Slim was ordered to lead the Burma Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British censorship on caricatures, obituaries, and football scores led to widespread complaint; Home Secretary Morrison threatened Daily Mirror with shut down order unless the newspaper obeyed the censorship laws. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-124 sank US tanker Papoose 25 miles south of Cape Fear, North Carolina, United States at 0431 hours; 2 were killed, 32 survived. To the northwest, German submarine U-332 sank US freighter Liberator off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 0419 hours; 5 were killed, 30 survived. At 0538 hours, U-124 attacked again off Cape Fear, sinking US tanker W. E. Hutton; 13 were killed, 12 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The advance echelon of US Marine Aircraft Group 13 arrived at the newly-completed airfield at Tutuila, American Samoa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Pyu, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Japanese bombers attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [CPC]
Philippines
  • At Bataan Peninsula at Luzon, Philippine Islands, US and Filipino troops were put on quarter rations (1000 calories) as the food supplies dwindled. The supply of quinine, a medicine for malaria, had also depleted. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • German Armeegruppe Nord cut off General Vlasov's Soviet 2nd Shock Army in a salient on the Volkhov River near Novgorod 50 miles southeast of Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]

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




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