5 August 1943

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War at Sea

German submarine U-34 lost off Memel in accident. Later rased but only briefly back in commission.

Eastern Front

Soviet troops take Orel and Belgorod

Diplomacy

Sweden revokes the agreement that allowed Germany to move troops and munitions through Sweden

Far East

Americans capture Munda airfield (New Georgia) ending the main phase of Operation Toenails

Vice Admiral Raymond Spruance is appointed to command the Central Pacific Force, soon renamed the Fifth Fleet.

Related Books

The Quiet Admiral, A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, Thomas B. Buell. This is widely considered to be the best biography of Spruance, currently available in this reissued edition. Buell nicely contrasts Spruance with Halsey, his co-commander of the combined third and fifth fleets from 1944, as well as looking at his handling of Midway, the battle that made his name.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 5 August 1943, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1943_08_05.html
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