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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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