The Nazi army was also locked in a desperate battle to take Stalingrad as winter approached the Russian interior. The Allies were hopeful they had reached a turning point against Germany that till now had been the winner of most battles.
A cruiser near the Santa Cruz Islands in the South Pacific was forced to take evasive action as a Japanese torpedo plane attempted a suicide attack. A foreshadowing of events later in the war.A drawing of a new commander was placed on page 8, readers would be hearing more about Ike in the months and years ahead. Originally General George Marshall had hoped to lead the fight but President Franklin Roosevelt deemed him essential for overall war planning and so the younger Dwight Eisenhower drew the battlefield assignment.
Both men would excel in their roles.