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1 Oct 1943
  • U-52 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American submarine USS Halibut tested a torpedo equipped with newly designed contact exploder. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Navy Pacific Fleet deployed its first submarine wolfpack. ww2dbase [CPC]
Denmark
  • 220 Danish Jews were arrested by the Gestapo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Greece
  • Troops of German 1st Mountain Division massacred 87 people in the village of Lingiades, Greece in reliation of the assassination of Oberstleutnant Josef Salminger by Greek partisan fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
India
  • A Chinese heavy mortar regiment arrived at Ramgarh Training Center in India for training. Additionally, Chinese 1st Provisional Tank Group was formed at Ramgarh under the command of US Army Colonel Rothwell Brown; it consisted of 1,800 Chinese officers and men and 231 US officers and men, operating between 100 to 125 US-built M3A3 Stuart light tanks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Viscount Wavell, Archibald Wavell, was made the Viceroy and Governor-General of India, succeeding the Marquess of Linlithgow, Victor Hope. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-10 (Commander Kinzo Tonozuka) attacked an Allied convoy traveling toward Aden in the Gulf of Aden with three torpedoes, sinking Norwegian armed merchant Storviken (carrying coal) with two hits. Two crewmen were taken aboard I-10 as prisoners of war, including Finn Kjellevik, who had previously survived a sinking by German submarine U-375 in Jul 1942. ww2dbase [CPC, HM]
Italy
  • Allied troops reached Naples, Italy at 0930 hours, which had already been taken over by Italian resistance fighters. The arriving troops found the port facilities were destroyed by the Germans. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Pompon attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 4 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • In the Kara Sea off northern Russia, German submarine U-703 sank freighter Sergei Kirov of Soviet convoy VA-18 and U-960 sank escort vessel T-42. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Oct 1943
Lt Gen Edmund Herring, Lt Col J. A. Bishop, Maj Gen G. A. Vasey, and Lt Gen Leslie Morshead at Ramu Valley, New Guinea, 1 Oct 1943Troops of the British Army 1/6th Queen

1 Oct 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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