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6 Oct 1942
  • German III.Panzer Korps captured Malgobek on the Terek River in the Caucasus in southern Russia. Far to the west, German troops also captured Novorossiysk. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | TH]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British corvette HMS Crocus spotted German submarine U-333 running on the surface 60 miles off Freetown, British West Africa and attacked by ramming and gunfire, heavily damaging U-333. U-333 was able to dive and eventually escape after sundown. ww2dbase [CPC]
Bermuda Egypt
  • In Egypt, Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery issued his final plan for 8th Army's offensive. Instead of first going all out to destroy the enemy armour, he would eat away at the enemy's holding troops, who were for the most part unarmoured, and use his own advantage in tanks to prevent the enemy mobile units from interfering. Without their infantry divisions to hold the line, providing firm bases for the mobile forces, the enemy's armour would be at a grave disadvantage and their supply routes would be constantly threatened. The main attack would be made by Lieutenant-General Oliver Leese's 30th Corps in the north on a front of four divisions. Brian Horrocks' 13th Corps in the south would stage diversionary attacks to mislead the enemy, while Herbert Lumsden's tank-heavy 10th Corps was held back to prevent 30th Corps from being interfered with. Artillery and air plans were to be carefully prepared with the battle set to commence on 23 Oct 1942. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | Bernard Montgomery | AC]
France Philippines
  • USAAF 4th Antisubmarine Squadron, operating B-18 Bolo bombers, arrived at Edinburgh Field in Trinidad. ww2dbase [Carlsen Field | Chaguanas | CPC]
Russia United States
  • The District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, United States issued an order to take possession of land for Site X of the Manhattan Project. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | Clinton Engineer Works | Tennessee | CPC]
  • USS Ancon arrived at Baltimore, Maryland, United States and disembarked passengers she had embarked in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Ancon | Baltimore, Maryland | CPC]
  • After sunset off Cape Sebastian, Oregon, Japanese submarine I-25 made a torpedo attack on the 7,000-ton Richfield Oil tanker SS Larry Doheny en route from Long Beach, California to Portland, Oregon with 66,000 barrels of oil. I-25 fired one torpedo but missed. The submarine surfaced and began a stern chase in the darkness. I-25 briefly lost sight of the darkened ship and when the ship reappeared, I-25 was right on top of the tanker. Another torpedo was fired that ran for only 18 second before exploding against the ship opening a 14-foot hole in the hull. With I-25 so close, the explosion also shook the submarine and showered her decks with fragments. Six men aboard Larry Doheny were killed and a massive fire raged on board. The 40 remaining crew abandoned ship before it sank. I-25 withdrew and headed north. The survivors of Larry Doheny‚Äôs crew were rescued the following morning. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Cape Sebastian, Oregon | DS]
Photo(s) dated 6 Oct 1942
Katyusha rocket launchers firing near Stalingrad, Russia, 6 Oct 1942

6 Oct 1942 Interactive Map

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