A torpedo bomber raid cripples the Italian fleet at Taranto, Italy.
Churchill’s Mansion House Speech: Tells Japan that war on US means war on Britain. The Japanese Foreign Minister says their aim is to make the US and UK retreat from East Asia.
US Army updates uniform regulations: the Parsons field jacket and M1 steel helmet are added.
First US-escorted troop convoy, WS-12X, sails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for India via Cape Town with 20,000 British troops.
The Americans capture Oran. Petain takes command of all Vichy forces. British successes in Egypt continue with the capture of Sidi Barrani.
Admiral Jean Darlan orders French forces in North Africa to cease resistance to the Anglo-American forces.
In a daring raid in Morocco, destroyer USS Dallas steams up Wadi Sebou under the Kasbah, and takes Port Lyautey Airfield.
Victories in North Africa lead Churchill to proclaim, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Movie premiere of Road to Morocco, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour.
President Roosevelt announces the breaking-off of diplomatic relations with Vichy France.
The Red Army achieves a breakthrough near Gomel in Byelorussia.
V-2 rockets continue to hit Britain, at the rate of about eight a day.
Nazi occupation forces in the Netherlands began a two-day roundup of 50,000 men in Rotterdam to be sent to Germany for forced labour.
Allied forces launched Operation Clipper, an offensive to reduce the Geilenkirchen salient.
The Allies recognized the government of Albanian partisan leader Enver Hoxha.
The American ammunition ship Mount Hood exploded and sank at Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands with the loss of all 350 crew.