Diary September 4, 1942

 German troops on the outskirts of Stalingrad
Arrival of the first German troops on the outskirts of Stalingrad.
WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 4, 1942:

Eastern Front

Stalingrad: Fierce fighting on outskirts of the city from September 4 to 13: Germans reach then Volga south of city, thereby cutting off Russian 62nd Army.

Air War

Europe: RAF night raid on Bremen; many 4,000-lb bombs dropped.
Eastern Europa: Russian night bombers (1 lost) raid Budapest, Vienna, Breslau and Konigsberg. Damage and casualties at Budapest necessitates immediate introduction of ‘black-out’.
Britain: ‘Hit and run’ raiders bomb and strafe Torquay (1 shot down on beach). At night, leaflets containing photographs of Dieppe Raid dropped on English South coast.

Secret War

USA: First accurate details of performance of Mitsubishi Zero fighter are distributed to US air forces in Pacific. These are based on examination and testing of a crashed Zero (lost June 3, 1942) recovered almost intact from bog on one of the Aleutian Islands.

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  1. Acutally the Germans reached the Volga north of the city, thereby cutting the Soviet barge traffic that went all the way to Moscow, carrying vital grain and oil. Now all they had to do was capture/destroy the Soviet factories, which quickly happened. Lastly, they just needed to provide a defensive screen for their forces down in the Caucasus. But hiter lost focus. Since there was no longer any counter arguments on the High Command, he turned Stalingrad into a cult of personalities and sowed the seeds of the destruction of himself and the poor German people.

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