286. TODAY IN HISTORY—MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2020

Y. 1942 Monday A: On the Eastern Front, the fighting continues to rage in Stalingrad. The final German offensive to drive the Soviets out of the city is set to begin in two days. Three German infantry divisions, funneled into the city, were preparing to assault the final holdout portions of the city. Two regiments of tanks from a panzer division were preparing to join them. Finally, during World War II, American naval forces defeated the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance.