Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 798 November 6, 1941

Siege of Leningrad Day 60. As the temperature drops, shattered underground steam pipes (due to German bombing and shelling) and lack of firewood prevent heating of buildings. Bitter cold compounded by reduced rations will lead to death of thousands of Leningraders.

Operation Typhoon. Frostbite appears in the German troops in front of Moscow. Although stationary, most are technically still on the offensive and have not dug trenches. The exception is Feldmarschall von Kluge’s 4th Army in the middle of the Mozhaysk line, which has already gone on the defensive and into Winter quarters.

Off Permanbuco, Brazil, US cruiser USS Omaha and destroyer USS Somers impound German blockade runner Odenwald carrying rubber from Japan to Germany.

British minesweeping trawler HMT Flotta sinks off the East coast of Scotland after running aground on October 29.

Soviet hospital ship Armenia (a converted liner) evacuates the main naval hospital in Sevastopol with 5498 wounded troops and medics, leaving at 7 PM for an overnight voyage to safety of the Caucasus ports. The ship is suddenly diverted to Yalta and Balaklava to pick up more wounded as well as military families and well-connected civilians.

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