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20 Oct 1943
  • The United Nations War Crimes Commission was established. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vatutin's attacked out of Bukrin, Ukraine were rebuffed with heavy Soviet casualties. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Lieutenant Commander Shohei Matsumoto relieved Lieutenant Commander Shoichi Oyamada as the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten departed China for India. On the same day, Chiang Kaishek sent a message to King George VI, complimenting the new supreme commander. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo stepped down as the commanding officer of Kure Naval District, Japan and was given command of the First Fleet. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • USS Haddock departed for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Haddock | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 was officially relieved from front line duty in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan United Kingdom US Pacific Islands

20 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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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944