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This Day in WWII 02-19-1940 - 1945


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1101450219_400.jpgLt. General Simpson

1940: Destroyer HMS Daring torpedoed, 157 are killed.

1940: Finnish forces defeat and disperse the Soviet 18th Division northeast of Lake Ladoga.

1942: Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, authorizing the transfer of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas to concentration camps in various inland states (and including inland areas of California). The interned Japanese-Americans lose an estimated 400 million dollars in property, as their homes and possessions are taken from them.

1942: Under increasing threat of being outflanked by the advancing Japanese, the 17th Indian Division is finally given permission to withdraw across the river Sittang.

1942: Japanese Carrier based planes raid Darwin, Australia. The largest Japanese air raid since Pearl Harbor, inflicting severe damage to the port.

1942: The battle of Lumbok Strait results in a Japanese victory, as an Allied naval squadron attempts to prevent the Japanese landing on Bali. The Allies lose 1 Dutch destroyer sunk and 2 Dutch cruisers and a US destroyer damaged.

1943: A two-day U-boat attack on Convoy ONl16 in the North Atlantic ends with 15 allied ships sunk.

1943: The first Chindit action against Japanese occurs.

1944: The RAF saturates Leipzig, dropping 2,300 tons of bombs, but lose 78 of 823 bombers.

1944: Danish saboteurs attack the rail lines round Aarhus.

1944: A Japanese convoy is smashed by allied aircraft in the Bismarck Archipelago.

1945: German forces re-establish communications between Königsberg and the port of Pillau, thus again enabling tens of thousands of German refugees to be evacuated to the west by ships of the Kriegsmarine. 'Operation Sonnenwende' is finally ended in the face of ever strengthening Red Army resistance. The operation was a complete military failure, although did show that the German Army could still organise and mount limited counter-attacks.

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1945: After a heavy bombardment, 30,000 US Marines land on Iwo Jima, but suffer 2,420 casualties on the first day.

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