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Diary March 22, 1942

Italian battleship is firing her guns
Italian battleship is firing her guns on the British fleet.
WW2 War Diary for Sunday, March 22, 1942:

Sea War

Mediterranean: BATTLE OF SIRTE. Italian battleship Littorio intercepts Alexandria-Malta convoy MW.10, but is denied crushing victory by Admiral Vian’s skilful deployment of his cruisers and destroyers and by rough seas, which hamper accurate gunnery. Cruiser Cleopatra and destroyers Havock and Kingston badly damaged. During night March 22-23, destroyers Lanciere and Scirocco sink in a storm; many other ships (British and Italian) damaged. Convoy heavily bombed off Malta, March 23; transport Breconshire capsizes. Only 5,000t out of original 25,000t of supplies unloaded.

Pacific

Philippines: Japanese demand surrender of Bataan garrison.

Home Fronts

India: Cripps arrives at Karachi, en route for New Delhi, to discuss constitutional problems with Moslem League and Congress party leaders.

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