D-Day Countdown Diary 1943
July 1943 | August 1943
| September 1943 | October
1943 | November 1943 | December
Initially a mixture of general happenings in the war and
D-Day preparations (marked with )
8 December 1943
VIIIth Hussars arrive in UK from Italy
12 December 1943
Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry arrive in UK from Italy
24 December 1943
General Dwight D Eisenhower appointed Supreme Commander
Allied Expeditionary Force
mass production of Mulberry Harbour components gets under
Major General 'Pip' Roberts takes command of 11th Armoured
Major General Nigel Duncan appointed to command 30th Armoured
13th/18th Hussars engaged in DD tank trials in the Solent
Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith appointed Chief of
Staff Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force
General Sir Bernard Montgomery nominated Commander-in-Chief
21st Army Group
1 November 1943 US Troops land at Bougainville in the Solomon
9 November 1943 General
Charles de Gaulle appointed Free French President.
15 November 1943 Air
Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory appointed Commander-in-Chief,
Allied Expeditionary Air Force.
20 November 1943 American troops land on the Gilbert Islands.
28 November 1943 First
meeting of the Teheran Conference; Churchill, Roosevelt,
November 1943 Field
Marshal Erwin Rommel appointed by OKW to study the defences
of vulnerable coasts in Europe.
November 1943 Inhabitants
of Tyneham village, Dorset, evicted to expand Tank Gunnery
November 1943 30th
Armoured Brigade, equipped with Flail tanks, transferred
to 79th Armoured Division.
13 October 1943
Lord Louis Mountbatten transferred from Combined Operations
HQ to South East Asia Command.
15 October 1943
Codename Mulberry adopted for artificial harbour project.
15 October 1943 27th
Armoured Brigade (DD tanks) leaves 79th Armoured Division
to became an independent armoured brigade attached to 3rd
22 October 1943
Major-General Robert Laycock appointed Chief of Combined
28 October 1943
Landing Ship Tank (LST) number 30, the first of her class
to arrive at Landing Craft and Bases Command, Falmouth,
from the USA gives a demonstration of launching an LCT (Landing
Craft Tank) from her deck.
October 1943 US
Navy establishes the Amphibious Training Centre at Falmouth,
October 1943 formation
of 1st Assault Brigade, Royal Engineers.
October 1943 RAF
Tarrant Rushton, Dorset, receives its first Glider Tug Squadrons.
3 September 1943. British forces land at Reggio di Calabria,
3 September 1943. Anglo-US
Team commence work on the Mulberry harbour project.
8 September 1943. Surrender of all Italian forces announced.
9 September 1943. Allied forces land at Salerno.
September 1943. Great
Panjandrum explosive device tested at Bovington Camp.
September 1943. United
States navy Supply Base established on Exeter Golf Course.
September 1943 United
States 2nd Armored Division in Sicily warned for move to
Britain and Invasion role.
1 August 1943. Torpedo Boat PT109, John F. Kennedy commanding,
sunk in action, Solomon Islands.
1 August 1943. Algiers General Charles de Gaulle succeeds
General Giraud as President of the National Defence Committee
3 August 1943 Polish cryptanalysts break the German Enigma
3 August 1943. RAF bombers destroy seven square miles of
the city of Hamburg.
4 August 1943.
Exercise Hedgehog; 1st Armoured Assault Regiment, Royal
Engineers test minesweeping Flail Tanks.
11 August 1943. 'Quadrant' Conference at Quebec. Prime Minister
Churchill, President Roosevelt and the Chiefs of Staff discuss
17 August 1943. Victory in Sicily.
20 August 1943.
13th/18th Hussars visit Linney Head in South Wales for firing
20 August 1943.
Rosneate, Scotland re-activated as an Amphibious Training
Center for the United States Navy.
22 August 1943. PrototypeV1 missile found and examined on
Bornholm Island, Denmark.
4 July; General Wladyslaw Sikorski, Polish Premier in exile
and Commander-in-Chief of free Polish forces, killed in
an air crash at Gibraltar.
9 July; Operation Citadel, start of the Battle of Kursk,
greatest tank battle of WWII.
10 July; Operation Husky, allied invasion of Sicily.
25 July; Benito Mussolini dismissed from office by King
Victor Emmanuel III.
29 July; Minister of Labour Ernest Bevin directs women to
factory work instead of armed forces.
31 July; Operation Gomorrah, massive RAF raid on Hamburg.