World War II Today: March 2By
British India liner Domala bombed in English Channel, killing 100 people.
The German Twelfth Army moves into Bulgaria.
Great Britain breaks off diplomatic relations with Bulgaria.
The RAF launches a heavy raidagainst Cologne.
Churchill declares that the Tirpitz is ‘the most important naval vessel in the situation today’ and
believes her destruction would ‘profoundly affect the course of the war’.
General Wavell reassumes post as C-in-C India and Burma. Burma is now cut off from the Southwest Pacific.
The Dutch take supreme command of all allied forces in Southwest Pacific.
The battle of the Bismarck Sea opens Northeast of New Guinea. A Japanese convoy is attacked by USAAF B25 bombers, which sink 12 ships.
Germans begin a withdrawal from Tunisia, Africa.
The center of Berlin is bombed by the RAF. Some 900 tons of bombs are dropped in a half hour.
Armoured spearheads of the US Ninth Army reach the Rhine near Neuss. The U.S. Third Army captures Trier on the Moselle.
The RAF launches a heavy attack (300 bombers) against Mannheim, causing a devastating firestorm.
After 14 days of fierce fighting, the 503rd Regimental Combat Team – the “Rock Force” – raised the American Flag in the presence of General
MacArthur at the Topside Barracks on Corregidor in the Philippines.