70 Years Ago—Feb. 12, 1944: Allies repel German counterattack at Anzio, but ground has been lost. First Battle of Monte Cassino ends in US failure; New Zealand Corps replaces US II Corps at Cassino.
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70 Years Ago—Feb. 11, 1944: Soviets take Shepetovka, rail center west of Kiev in Ukraine.
70 Years Ago—Feb. 10, 1944: Japanese surround Indian 7th Division on Arakan peninsula in Burma; Allies begin air drops to keep them supplied.
70 Years Ago—Feb. 9, 1944: In counterattack at Anzio, Italy, Germans retake Aprilia (“the Factory”).
70 Years Ago—Feb. 8, 1944: In counterattack at Anzio, Italy, Germans retake Carroceto and secure Buonriposo Ridge. New movie: Lady in the Dark, starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland.
70 Years Ago—Feb. 7, 1944: At Anzio, the US 95thEvacuation Hospital is accidentally bombed when a German fighter pilot jettisons bombs under Allied fighter attack; 28 hospital personnel and patients killed, including 3 nurses; the German pilot is shot down and treated in the same hospital.
70 Years Ago—Feb. 6, 1944: Soviets make major breakthrough in Ukraine, reach Dnieper River near Nikopol. US Eighth Air Forces sends out first fighter plane ground strafing mission.
70 Years Ago—Feb. 5, 1944: Germans deploy the first U-boat with a “Schnorchel” to increase time sub could stay submerged. New songs in Top Ten: “Besame Mucho” and “Mairzy Doats.”
70 Years Ago—Feb. 4, 1944: US secures Kwajalein Island in Kwajalein Atoll. Japanese open offensive against Indian troops on Arakan, Burma. US authorizes Bronze Star medal for meritorious or heroic achievement, less than the Silver Star, retroactive to 12/7/41.
70 Years Ago—Feb. 3, 1944: In Italy, New Zealand Corps formed under Lt. Gen. Sir Bernard Freyberg over New Zealand 2nd Division and Indian 4th Division.