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8 Sep 1943
  • Operation Sizilien: Scharnhorst attacked the Allied base at Spitzbergen. ww2dbase [Scharnhorst | CPC]
  • Garland completed her refitting and returned to service. ww2dbase [Garland | CPC]
  • British HMS Aurora, HMS Penelope, HMS Dido, and HMS Sirius departed Bizerte, Tunisia at 1700 hours with troops of British 1st Airborne Division. In western Italy, Allied troops landed at Pizo; the landings were attacked by troops of German Kr├╝ger Battle Group. ww2dbase [Operation Avalanche | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny conducted a reconnaissance flight in a He 111 aircraft over Campo Imperatore at Gran Sasso in central Italy and spotted a meadow which could be used as a glider landing field. On the return flight, he narrowly escaped from an Allied air attack. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | CPC]
  • USS S-28 departed for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
  • Operation Sizilien: Tirpitz attacked the Allied base at Spitzbergen. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Philipp was arrested by the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [Philipp | CPC]
  • J├╝rgen Stroop was made the Higher SS and Police Leader in Greece. ww2dbase [J├╝rgen Stroop | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • The Italians formally announced their unconditional surrender to the Allies, leading to German reserve forces crossing the border into Italy. ww2dbase [Invasion of Sicily and Italy's Surrender | TH]
  • Italian Navy Xa Flottiglia MAS based at La Spezia, Italy under Commander Junio Valerio Borghese reported the strength of 400 men. ww2dbase [Junio Valerio Borghese | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
Poland Singapore
  • Aquila VI was interned at Singapore by orders of Rear Admiral Takaichiro Enomoto. ww2dbase [Luigi Torelli | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • USS Ranger sailed from Scapa Flow, Scotland on a sortie with the Home Fleet that ranged 350 miles northward into the Norwegian Sea east of Iceland. ww2dbase [Ranger | Orkney Islands, Scotland | DS]
Photo(s) dated 8 Sep 1943
A complete jeep was turned out every three minutes at this assembly depot (No. 0-640) in Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 8 Sep 1943

8 Sep 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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