Allied bombers over Pantelleria Island.
Project 60: A Day-by-Day Diary of WWII
Remembering the First Fight Against Fascism
American B-17 bombers over Germany
June 1, 1943
The Soviets raid
airfields and facilities at Smolensk, Orel and Bryansk in an attempt to disrupt
the German buildup for the Kursk Offensive.
June 2, 1943
As the Pope calls for warring parties
to obey the "laws of humanity" in running aerial bombing campaigns, Germans
bomb Kursk, Russians bomb Kiev and Roslavl, while British and US bombers hit
multiple targets in Germany and France.
Japanese forces abandon their offensive along the Yangtze River and begin to withdraw under heavy pressure from the Chinese National Army.
June 3, 1943
fighters supported by British SOC agents sabotage the The Michelin tire works at
Clermont-Ferrand, badly damaging the facility.
In a rare attempt at
long range strategic bombing, the Germans raid the new Soviet tank factory at
June 5, 1943
blocks meaningful negotiations, 500,000 US coal miners strike.
the North Atlantic prove to be more successful for the Germans as U-513 sinks 4
ships off the coast of Brazil.
June 6, 1943
The bombardment of the island of Pantelleria continues into its third consecutive day.
Professor Clauberg informs Himmler that experiments of using X-ray exposure for mass sterilization was nearly ready for common use, stating " one doctor, with perhaps, ten assistants, can probably effect several hundred, if not one thousand sterilizations on a single day."
Most striking coal
minors in the United States return to work as negotiations resume.
The battleship Mutsu
sinks in Hiroshima Bay after her magazine explodes.
German and Russian
forces on the eastern front launch a seiries of probes against each other.
Soviet thrusts along the Mius River gain some ground while a German attack near
Lisichansk does not.
The Axis "Operation
Black" against the Yugoslavian partisans succeeded in trapping Tito and a
battalion of his troops. A breakout was made which left 100 partisans dead, Tito
wounded and his forces scattered. However, they regrouped and fought on.
Directive is issued by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to British and American bomber
forces in Europe. The document outlines the priorities and aims of the bomber
offensive leading up to the cross channel invasion of France. However, the plan
is not specific enough and this allows both the US Air Force and British Bomber
Command to conduct their independent operations as they see fit.
Allies launch "Operation Corkscrew", a landing on the bomb range formally
known as Pantelleria. The 11,000 man Italian garrison on the island, incessantly
bombed by the Allies since the fall of Axis forces in Tunis, surrendered.
Although more than 5000 tons of bombs were dropped on the island, there was less
damage than expected.
There is a major air
battle near Guadalcanal. The attacking Japanese forces suffer heavy losses.
Force send sixty B-17s against Kiel and 102 against Bremen. While the Bremen
raid was lightly defended, 22 bombers sent against Kiel were shot down.
RAF Coastal Command
begins daily anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay. The new tactic is
designed to simplify detection of the boats as the leave and return from their
Indian nationalist Chandra Bose meets with Tojo in Tokyo where they discussed raising an Indian national army to fight against the British in Burma and India.The island of Linosa in the Sicilian Channel surrendered to Allied forces.
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