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Diary July 12, 1943

assault guns SU-152
Russian heavy tank destroyers and assault guns SU-152 crossing a side arm of the river Donez at Orel salient. Nicknamed ‘Zvierboy’ (Animal Hunter) for their ability to deal with the new German Panther, Tiger and Ferdinand armoured vehicles.
WW2 War Diary for Monday, July 12, 1943:

Eastern Front

Southern Sector – RUSSIAN COUNTER-OFFENSIVE AT KURSK AGAINST OREL SALIENT, north of Kursk, begins: reaches climax in ‘the greatest tank battle in history’.

Mediterranean

Sicily: Allies take Augusta and Ragusa.

Sea War

Pacific – BATTLE OF KOLOMBANGARA (night July 12-13): Japanese defeated near New Georgia, losing cruiser Jintsu; US cruisers Honolulu, St Louis and British Leander torpedoed; US destroyer Gwin sunk.

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