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25 Jul 1943
  • Mussolini was arrested. Upon learning the news of the change in government, German troops were prepared to disarm the Italian military. ww2dbase [Operation Eiche | TH]
  • The RAF commenced dropping small strips of metal foil (codename "Window") to confuse frequencies of the efficient German precision radars. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Orde Wingate was recalled to Britain. ww2dbase [Orde Wingate | CPC]
  • USS Pompon sank Japanese cargo ship Thames Maru in the Dutch East Indies and damaged two other ships; she expended 8 torpedoes and observed 5 hits. ww2dbase [Pompon | CPC]
  • US Army Major General Nathan Twining replaced US Navy Rear Admiral Marc Mitscher as Commander, Aircraft, Solomons. ww2dbase [Marc Mitscher | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS S-35 arrived at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [S-35 | CPC]
Belgium
  • L?on Degrelle was asked to leave a Catholic mass for wearing the SS uniform; military uniforms had been banned from masses by the Belgian Roman Catholic Church in 1940. ww2dbase [Léon Degrelle | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The Americans launched what would be the final offensive against Japanese positions on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • I-168 departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Rabaul. ww2dbase [I-68 / I-168 | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for cruiser Aoba at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • Irako departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Kure, Japan with cruiser Aoba, with destroyers Amatsukaze and Urakaze in escort. ww2dbase [Irako | CPC]
Germany
  • 109 USAAF bombers attacked Hamburg, Germany in the afternoon as a follow up to the night raid by British bombers on the previous day; 15 bombers were lost. Elsewhere, Essen was also targeted with 2,000 tons of bombs. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • German passenger ship Weissesee was sunk by Allied aircraft in Hamburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Weissesee | CPC]
Greece
  • Troops of German 1st Mountain Division massacred 153 people of the village of Mousiotitsa in Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
Italy
  • Arturo Riccardi stepped down from all his leadership positions. ww2dbase [Arturo Riccardi | CPC]
Norway
  • German submarine U-703 arrived at Hopen island, Norway and picked up four survivors of Russian freighter Dekabrist, including the skipper Beliaev. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Jul 1943
British and American servicemen loading wounded soldiers onto a C-47 Skytrain transport at Agrigento, Sicily for transportation to hospitals in Africa, 25 Jul 1943. Note litter Jeep and WC54 ambulances.

25 Jul 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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