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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 [William Slim | 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 [Second Happy Time | 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 [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
  • USS St. Louis departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as an escort for a convoy bound for San Francisco, California. ww2dbase [St. Louis | DS]
Australian Papua
  • Japanese bombers attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Port Moresby | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Yugure arrived at Ise Bay, Japan at 0000 hours, and departed at 1700 hours. ww2dbase [Yugure | Ise Bay | CPC]
  • 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 [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • 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 [Siege of Leningrad | Novgorod | TH, CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 19 Mar 1942
20mm gun gallery along the portside flight deck of USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 19 Mar 1942. Note the guns are absent from the mounts. Note also destroyers USS Gridley and Fanning in the background.

19 Mar 1942 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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