World War II Today: July 15By
Unemployment in Britain up 60,431 in June to 827,266, but still down half a million on June 1939. Home Office bans fireworks, kite and balloon flying.
A US airbase is established at Argentia in Newfoundland.
British MAUD report recommends low yield U-235 bombs by 1943.
Army Group Centre encircles Smolensk, along with a large body of Russians to the west of the City.
British forces enter Beirut.
Final losses for convoy PQ-17 are 24 ships sunk for 141,721 tons. 8 ships were sunk by the Luftwaffe, 7 by U-boatsÂ and another 9 were combined Luftwaffe/U-boat kills. The loss of material was likewise very heavy with 210Â aircraft, 430 tanks, 3350 lorries, and 99,316 tons of general cargo going to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. TheÂ Germans lost only 5 planes and no U-boats.
The Germans take Boguchar and Millerovo, less than 200 miles from Stalingrad. However, they have only capturedÂ 80,000 Russian’s since the 28th June.
New Zealander troops attack ‘Kidney’ Ridge in three days of fighting, which costs Rommel 2,600 prisoners and 115 guns captured.
The first supply flight from India to China over the ‘Hump’ is flown.
Two Soviet armies from Crimea join the Baltic front so that it can continue its offensive. Russian tank penetrations are only 25 miles from Lvov.
The U.S. Third Fleet shells the steel center on Hokkaido Island in the Japanese homeland. It is reported that 108,000 tons of shipping has been sunk in last two days attacks.
The Australians take Prince Alexander Range in Borneo after an eight-week struggle.