AA. 1942 Sunday: The World War II Battle of Cape Esperance began in the Solomon Islands, resulting in an American victory over the Japanese. Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, all eyes are on Stalingrad as the Germans prepare an all-out final assault. The Luftwaffe continues increasing its sorties over the city and the surrounding areas while fresh troops are brought in to add to the attackers numbers. Meanwhile, the Soviets continue clinging to the city while they begin amassing overwhelming power on the eastern side of the Volga River in preparation for a stunning counterattack.