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13 Dec 1942
  • Kapitän zur See Hans Meyer took command of cruiser Köln. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian troops fought off an attack by British troops north of El Agheila, Libya in a rear guard action. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American troops captured Buna, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • "Millions of human beings, most of them Jews, are being gathered up with ruthless efficiency and murdered", reported American journalist Edward R. Murrow. "There are no longer 'concentration camps' - we must speak now only of 'extermination camps'." ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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  • The British Admiralty announced the loss of the Hunt-class destroyer HMS Penylan (Lieutenant-Commander J. H. Wallace DSC, RN) which had been torpedoed and sunk off Start Point, Devon, England, United Kingdom by German E-Boat S-115 on 3 December 1942, while escorting convoy PW-257. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Enigma codebooks captured by HMS Petard from the sinking German submarine U-559 arrived at Bletchley Park's Hut 8 and within one hour intercepts of German submarine signals allowed the British Admiralty to instantly pinpoint the location of fifteen U-Boats. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | AC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Dec 1942
During a Rest & Relaxation period, United States Army personnel pose for keepsake photographs in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 13 Dec 1942.

13 Dec 1942 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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