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19 Oct 1942
  • USS Gar laid 32 naval mines off Bangkok, Thailand. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gunnel started her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-132 left wolfpack Panther. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British King's African Rifles regiment captured 800 Vichy French troops in Madagascar without incurring a single casualty of their own. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Joseph Stilwell convinced Archibald Wavell to commit to an offensive in Burma in cooperation with the Sino-American forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands Switzerland
  • British officers Major Ronnie Littledale and Lieutenant-Commander Billie Stephens, having escaped from Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany on 14 Oct 1942, successfully made it to Switzerland. ww2dbase [CPC]

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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945