US-Japan Trade Treaty of 1911 lapses—US refuses to negotiate while Japanese troops are in China.
Brooms in Britain to be made with square handles to save timber.
The Italians evacuate Mechiliduring the night.
The US-Filipino withdrawal to the Bagac-Orion line is successfully completed. The Japanese quickly followed up the withdrawal and made several penetrations in to the defensive new line, although these were all contained and thrown back.
First US Army troops arrive in Britain: Convoy AT-10 carrying the 34th Infantry Division arrives in Belfast to relieve British troops.
The Stalingrad pocket is split in two. Voronezh is captured.
The Eighth Army takes Zaula in Libya, less than 100 miles from Tunisian frontier.
The British launch their main attack on the Japanese ‘Golden Fortress’ in the Arakan, Burma.
Landing ship LST-422 damaged by a mine off Anzio; of 700 aboard, 454 US soldiers & 29 British sailors killed.
Allied ships are ordered to withdraw from the Anzio beachhead to reduce risk from air raid.
Argentina severs relations with Germany & Japan after a vast Axis spy ring is uncovered in the country.
Himmler is put in command of Army Group Vistula by Hitler. The Russians isolate three German armies in East Prussia. The Red Army captures Kattowitz in Upper Silesia. Auschwitz concentration camp is captured by the Russians, but they find fewer than 3,000 survivors as the SS has moved most of the remaining prisoners to camps inside Germany.
Soviets reach the Prussian coast at Elbing, cutting East Prussia off from Germany.
Sandakan Death March begins: Japanese march 470 Indonesian civilians and Australian POWs across North Borneo, only 6 will survive war.
Lt. Audie Murphy is awarded the Medal of Honor.