Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 767 October 6, 1941

Operation Typhoon. Guderian's Panzergruppe 2 captures Bryansk when 17th Panzer Division rolls in unexpectedly from the East, surprising the HQ of Soviet General Yeremenko who is wounded but escapes. Panzergruppe 2 links up with German 2nd Army, encircling 2 large pockets of Soviet troops (23 Divisions of 3rd, 13th and 50th Armies).

Siege of Leningrad Day 29. General Zhukov leaves for Moscow to replace Konev in command of Soviet Western Front which is falling back in front of Operation Typhoon. Zhukov’s protégé General Ivan Fedyuninsky assumes command in Leningrad.

German bombers attack shipping in the Gulf of Suez, sinking British SS Thistlegorm carrying ammunition and other supplies including 2 steam locomotives to Alexandria, Egypt (4 crew and 5 gunners killed, survivors picked up by British cruiser HMS Carlisle). Australian SS Salamaua, Norwegian tanker Norfold and British SS Scalaria are also damaged.

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