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10 Jul 1942
  • The crew of ShCh-317 transmitted what was to become the final radio report from the submarine off the southern tip of Öland, Sweden, indicating that the submarine was returning to base. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to the 2nd Surface Escort Division of the Fourth Fleet. Lieutenant Shoichi Oyamada relieved Lieutenant Commander Koukichi Mori as the commanding officer of Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 4.Panzerarmee and 6.Armee met near Kalach-na-Donu, southern Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German 17.Armee and 1.Panzerarmee continue to advance to Rostov, northeast of Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The US Joint Chiefs of Staff issued the order to attack and occupy Tulagi and Guadalcanal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German minesweeper M-4448 struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay; the mine was deployed by Free French submarine Rubis on 5 Jun 1942. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-251 sank Panamanian freighter El Capitan and German submarine U-376 sank US ship Hoosier, both of Allied convoy PQ-17, in the Barents Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-67 heavily destroyed US tanker Benjamin Brewster 60 miles south of Louisiana, United States at 0619 hours; 25 were killed, 15 survived; the wreck would burn for 9 days, melting much of the ship. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German minesweepers M-4401 and M-4457 struck British naval mines and sank in the Bay of Biscay by accident while performing minesweeping duty. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An American PBY Catalina crew spotted the wreck of a Japanese aircraft on Akutan Island, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Near El Alamein, Egypt, Australian 26th Brigade captured Tel el Eisa ridge and South African troops captured Tel el Makh Khad. Elements of the German 15th Panzer Division counterattacked the Australian positions in the afternoon without success. Meanwhile, New Zealand troops overran and destroyed the German 621 Radio Interception Company, thereby depriving Erwin Rommel of an essential means of gathering important intelligence on British 8th Army movements. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, AC]
  • German 4th Panzer Army and 6th Army advanced swiftly southward between the Donets River and the Don River in southern Russia while German 1st Panzer Army advanced toward Rostov-on-Don. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Survivors of Dutch merchant steamer Paulus Potter, sunk by German Ju 88 aircraft five days prior, made landfall at Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Russia. They all suffered from exposure and hunger. Finding wood, they lit a fire and cooked ducks which they managed to catch. ww2dbase [HM]
United States
  • The United States Marine Corps established Marine Corps Air Station, El Centro, California, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Jul 1942
African-American mess attendants/gunners aboard Indianapolis, 10 Jul 1942Porter off Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 10 Jul 1942, photo 1 of 2Porter off Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 10 Jul 1942, photo 2 of 2

10 Jul 1942 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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