Diary November 30, 1942

'New Orleans' with her lost bow at Tulagi
US heavy cruiser ‘New Orleans’ with her lost bow at Tulagi after the Battle of Tassafaronga. In this battle 3 US cruisers were heavily damaged and one was sunk.
WW2 War Diary for Monday, November 30, 1942:

Sea War

Pacific – BATTLE OF TASSAFARONGA: US cruiser force attempts to destroy the ‘Tokyo Express’ – 8 destroyers carrying rice to Guadalcanal – but is ignominiously routed. 4 US cruisers torpedoed (Northampton sunk); 1 Japanese destroyer sunk.
German naval tanker Uckermark (ex-Altmark – see February 16, 1940) sunk by accidental explosion at Yokohama, Japan. The blast also destroys disguised raider Thor.
Merchant shipping losses in November 1942: 98 Allied ships with 573,732 tons in Atlantic, 36 Allied ships with 234,022 tons elsewhere.
20 Axis ships with 72,693 tons in Mediterranean, 30 Japanese ships with 168,253 tons in Pacific.
8 German U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic (worldwide total of 14 losses), 26 new U-boats operational, 368 U-boats of all types total in service.


Tunisia: British 36th Brigade, advancing towards Bizerta, held up by German paratroops on Djebel Azzag (Green Hill) and Djebel Agred (Bald Hill).

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