Posts Tagged ‘WWII February’

Feb 27

World War II Today: February 27

1933 The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.

1940 The Soviets launch offensive toward Viipuri, Finland.

1941 The first encounter of the Afrika Korps and the British forces.

1942 The Battle of the Java Sea begins and continues for three days, during which the Allies, under the command of the Dutch Admiral, Karel  Doorman lose five cruisers and six destroyers, while the Japanese lose just 4 transports.

British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.

Nazis order construction of gas chambers at Auschwitz.

The Seattle school board accepts forced resignation of Japanese-American teachers.

1943 Jews working in Berlin armaments industry are sent to Auschwitz.

The Rosenstrasse Protests begin in Germany: Gentile women married to Jews protest treatment of Jews

USAAF bomber aircraft make their first raid on Germany.

The United States Mint begins production of steel pennies to conserve copper.

1944 About 60,000 Japanese are reported to be trapped in New Britain and New Ireland, in the South West Pacific.

The United States issues plastic tokens to make change for ration stamps—blue for processed foods, red for meats and fats.

1945 SHAEF reports that spectacular gains by the U.S. First and Ninth Armies on the Cologne Plain have been made.

Under Russian pressure, the Romanian King, Michael I is forced to appoint a Communist government.

The US 8th Air Force launches another heavy attack against Berlin which devastates the center of the city.

Army Group Courland repulses heavy Red Army attacks in the area of Prekuln.

U.S. Marines land on Verde Island, to the Southeast of Manila.

Tje US Sixth Army secures Corregidor in Philippines.

Syria and Lebanon join many other nations in last-minute declarations of war on Germany and Japan—all who join Allies before March 1 will be invited to the upcoming United Nations conference.

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Feb 26

World War II Today: February 26

1936 Japanese military troops march into Tokyo to conduct a coup and assassinate political leaders.

1940 US War Department activates Air Defense Command under Brig. Gen. James Chaney.

1941 Franco, in response to Hitler’s appeal to enter the war, says ‘I stand today already at your side, entirely and decidedly at your disposal,’ but refuses to enter the war.

British take the Somali capital in East Africa.

Dutch protest Nazi measures against the Jews, German soldiers fire on protesters in Amsterdam, 9 killed, hundreds arrested.

1942 The RAF launches an attack against the battleship Gneisenau, which is being repaired at Kiel’s floating dock. The damage caused is severe and the battleship is never again put to sea under her own power.

Churchill exhorts General Auchinleck to launch an offensive against the German and Italian forces that are gathering in front of the Gazala line. He reminds Auchinleck that the longer he waits, the more time Rommel will have to rebuild his strength. To this General Auchinleck reply’s that his intention is to first build up an armoured striking force as quickly as possible and strengthen the defenses of the Gazala line. Only then would he mount a major offensive, which he advised Churchill would be in early June.

While carrying Army fighters to the Netherlands East Indies, the first U.S. carrier, the USS Langley, is sunk by Japanese bombers.

1943 Von Arnim launches a five-day counter attack in northern Tunisia, gaining some ground. Montgomery issues the plan Operation ‘Pugilist’, which is to smash the Mareth defensive Line in southern Tunisia.

U.S. B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators pound German docks and U-boat lairs at Wilhelmshaven.

1944 Bad weather ends ‘Big Week’, during which 26 German aircraft production related factories are hit putting German monthly production down by 20%.

Japanese retreat from Sinzweya, Burma, ending “Battle of the Admin Box,” as British troops relieve trapped Indian troops.

1945 The attacks by the US Ninth Army into the Hurtgen Forest make little progress.

US Ninth Army reaches Rhine south of Düsseldorf.

Army Group Courland repulses heavy Red Army attacks in the area of Prekuln.

Syria declares war on Germany and Japan.

U.S. Marines land on Verde Island, to the Southeast of Manila.

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Feb 25

World War II Today: February 25

1941 British Commando’s land on the Italian held Island of Castelorizzo in the Dodecanese.

The British submarine, HMS Upholder, sinks the Italian Cruiser Armando Diaz to the southwest of Malta.

British Nigerian troops of the 11th African Division occupy Mogadishu, the capital of Italian Somaliland, having advanced up the coast.

The 12th African Division pushes up the river Juba in Italian Somaliland towards the Abyssinian border town of Dolo.

First delivery of Martin B-26 Marauder medium bombers to US Army Air Force.

1942 After the withdrawal of ABDA HQ from Java, Wavell himself now leaves for Australia.

The debate in the House of Commons comes to a close with many speakers being sharply critical of government policy, with the bombing of Germany being called in to question.

1943 The RAF begins a round the clock bombing campaign in Tunisia, with 2,000 raids in the next 48 hours.

First time US Eighth Air Force (based in England) and US Fifteenth Air Force (based in Italy) bomb the same target—Regensburg, Germany.

U-boats break off attack on Allied North Atlantic convoy ON-166; 15 of 49 ships have been lost since February 21.

US reoccupies abandoned Kasserine Pass.

In New Zealand, Japanese POWs attempt escape; 48 POWs and one guard killed.

1944 Convoy JW-57 (43 ships and 19 escorts) sailing the Loch Ewe to the Kola Peninsula, is attacked on 25 February off Norway. One destroyer, HMS Mahratta, is sunk by U-990 for 1,920 tons.

U.S. forces destroy 135 Japanese planes in Marianas and Guam.

1945 Turkey declares war against Germany.

400 RAF bombers carry out attacks against Dortmund and Rheine.

US Fifth Fleet carrier aircraft and B-29 bombers strike Tokyo in devastating raid.

US M26 Pershing tanks are first used in combat in Europe, by the US 3rd Armored Division near the Roer River.

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Feb 24

Mamoru Shigemitsu Quote “Hell is on us.”

“Hell is on us.” – Mamoru Shigemitsu , June 1944 (capture of Saipan)

Mamoru Shigemitsu  (07/29/1887 — 01/26/1957) was appointed ambassador to the Nanjing Nationalist Government two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor and by the end of WWII was the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs. He came into that position on April 20, 1943, when Japan’s Premier, Hideki Tojo, fired foreign minister Masayuki Tani, which was viewed as a sign that Japan was preparing for a collapse of the Axis Powers. Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu signed the instrument of surrender on September 2, 1945.

 

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: May 24 WWII Today: July 18 WWII Today: November 24

Feb 27

NBC Words At War Episode 62 “Simone“

Words At War “Simone“ Released August 29, 1944.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important war book, “Simone”. Sponsored by: Johnson’s Wax. A story about patriotism in occupied France. A young girl burns her uncle’s garage to keep it from the approaching Nazis, and who pays the price.

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Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: February 8 WWII Today: February 12 WWII Today: February 11

Feb 20

NBC Words At War Episode 59 “The Nazi’s Go Underground“

Words At War “The Nazi’s Go Underground“ Released August 8, 1944.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important war book, “The Nazis Go Underground”. Sponsored by: Johnson’s Wax. A story about a plan hatched by Nazi industrialists to start an underground Nazi movement after the Allied victory.

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Feb 13

NBC Words At War Episode 58 “Headquarters Budapest“

Words At War “Headquarters Budapest“ Released August 1, 1944.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important war book, “Headquarters Budapest”. Sponsored by: Johnson’s Wax. A dramatization of the actual political mess in the Balkans before the war and why World War III will possibly start here.

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Feb 06

NBC Words At War Episode 57 “Lost Island“

Words At War “Lost Island“ Released July 25, 1944.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important war book, “Lost Island”. Sponsored by: Johnson’s Wax. A troop ship arrives on a sleepy Pacific Island and completely ruins a tropical paradise.

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