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Diary November 12, 1943

Advancing Russian troops moving a anti-tank gun forward by hand
Advancing Russian troops moving a anti-tank gun forward by hand. The over-all quality of the Russian infantry was decreasing from spring 1943 onwards, since the Red Army conscripted all availabe men till age of 60 in the recaptured territories.
WW2 War Diary for Friday, November 12, 1943:

Eastern Front

Southern Sector: Russians recapture Zhitomir, west of Kiev, thereby cutting vital Leningrad-Odessa railway.

Sea War

Indian Ocean: British submarine Taurus sinks Japanese submarine I-34 off Penang.
Atlantic: U-boat U-220 lays mines off St. John’s, Newfoundland (2 ships sunk).
Mediterranean – Operation Leopard: Germans land on Leros (Dodecanese); British-Italian garrison surrenders, November 16, after fierce fighting.

Air War

Pacific: 50 surviving Japanese carrier planes withdrawn from Rabaul.

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