Daily Archives: February 2, 2013

670 Americans killed when transport ship torpedoed by Germans 70 years ago this hour (1943)


Video: '4-Chaplains Go Down With the Ship' (parts 1-3)

(Wednesday, February 3, 1943, 12:55 a.m. local time; during World War II— USAT Dorchester, a United States Army Transport ship, was sunk early this morning by a torpedo from a German U-boat  while was sailing to Greenland as part of a naval convoy.

Of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived.

The loss of the ship became especially famous because of the story of the death of four Army chaplains, known as the “Four Chaplains” or the “Immortal Chaplains,” who all gave away their life jackets to save others before they died.

Nazi forces surrender at Stalingrad 70 years ago this hour (1943)


Video: Feb. 2, 1943 (at 47:19)

(Tuesday, February 2, 1943, 4:00 p.m. local time; during the Battle of Stalingrad on the Eastern Front of World War II) — The remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered today, thereby ending one of the fiercest and bloodiest battles in the history of war. Continue reading Nazi forces surrender at Stalingrad 70 years ago this hour (1943)