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Today in World War II History—Mar. 25, 1942

US poster for the Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber

75 Years Ago—Mar. 25, 1942: US Naval Task Force 39 leaves Maine for Britain to protect convoys to Russia, relieving the Royal Navy to protect the Mediterranean and to invade Madagascar. First Martin B-26 Marauder medium bombers arrive in a combat theater, at Brisbane/Archerfield AF, Australia.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 24, 1942

Japanese-American farmer and his daughter on their strawberry farm before being relocated, Bainbridge Island, WA, 23 Mar 1942

75 Years Ago—Mar. 24, 1942: Japanese begin intensive artillery and air bombardment of Bataan and Corregidor. Adm. Chester Nimitz appointed Commander in Chief of US Pacific Theater. US issues first exclusion order which will force removal of Japanese from Military Zone 1 (western halves of CA, OR, WA, southern portion of AZ). All Japanese-Americans on… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Mar. 23, 1942

Members of the Imperial Japanese Navy disembarking during the occupation of the Andaman Islands. (Japanese government photo)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 23, 1942: Japanese seize Andaman Islands to protect route from Singapore to Rangoon. Off of San Francisco, US blimp TC-13 accidentally bombs and damages sub USS Gato.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 22, 1942

Sir Stafford Cripps and Mohatma Gandhi in India, WWII (British government photo)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 22, 1942: British cabinet member Sir Stafford Cripps meets with Gandhi to try to gain support in India for war effort. Allies abandon Magwe Airfield in Burma: US “Flying Tigers” evacuate to Loiwing and RAF to Akyab.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 21, 1942

Manzanar Relocation Center, 3 July 1942 (US Government photo, photographer: Dorothea Lange)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 21, 1942: Manzanar Relocation Center opens for Japanese-Americans—first internees are “volunteers.” First US paratroopers receive wings—in the 501st Parachute Battalion at Fort Benning, GA.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 20, 1942

Gates at Auschwitz concentration camp, 1945 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 20, 1942: Nazis first use gas chambers to murder Jews at Auschwitz concentration camp. In Australia, Gen. Douglas MacArthur makes “I shall return” speech, promising to return to the Philippines.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 19, 1942

US soldiers listening to radio broadcast on Bataan Peninsula, 1942 (US Army Center for Military History)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 19, 1942: On the Bataan Peninsula, US and Filipino troops are put on quarter-rations. Lt. Gen. William Slim assumes command of British forces in Burma. Japanese begin drive in Sittang Valley in Burma, opposed by Chinese troops.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 18, 1942

Map of relocation centers and camps used for the internment of Japanese-Americans in WWII (US National Park Service)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 18, 1942: President Roosevelt creates War Relocation Authority under Milton Eisenhower to remove all Japanese-Americans from West Coast. Lord Mountbatten named British Chief of Combined Operations.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 17, 1942

Australian Prime Minister John Curtin greeting Douglas MacArthur as the US general arrives in Sydney, Australia by air, 1940s (US Army Center for Military History)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 17, 1942: Britain begins rationing fuel and electricity, bans central heating during the summer. Gen. Douglas MacArthur is flown by B-17 from Mindanao to Australia.

Today in World War II History—Mar. 16, 1942

Japanese advance in the Solomons-New Guinea area, January-June 1942 (US Army Center for Military History)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 16, 1942: US and Australian planes bomb Japanese shipping and installations at Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea.