Posts Categorized: Today WWII History

Today in World War II History—Mar. 1, 1943

US poster encouraging tin can collection, WWII. Read more: "Make It Do--Metal Shortages in World War II" on Sarah Sundin's blog.

75 Years Ago—Mar. 1, 1943: Rosenstrasse Protests begin in Berlin—thousands of Gentile women married to Jewish men protest Nazi detention of their husbands, the only mass protest of the deportation of the Jews in Germany. Atlantic Convoy Conference meets in Washington DC to decide British, Canadian, and US roles in trans-Atlantic shipping. Gen. Carl Spaatz… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Feb. 28, 1943

Norsk Hydro plant in Rjukan, Norway, 1935 (public domain via Norwegian Museum of Cultural History)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 28, 1943: Norsk Hydro Raid: 10 Norwegian commandos blow up entire German supply of heavy water at Norsk Hydro plant at Rjukan, Norway, delaying German production of nuclear weapons. Construction of Ledo Road construction crosses border from India into Burma, with goal of reconnecting with China. Construction begins on first full-scale plutonium… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Feb. 27, 1943

US poster, WWII, featuring Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Worship”

75 Years Ago—Feb. 27, 1943: New songs in Top Ten: “For Me and My Gal,” “That Old Black Magic.” Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Worship” appears on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

Today in World War II History—Feb. 26, 1943

Australian troops in the Wau-Mubo area of New Guinea, 29 June 1943 (Australian War Memorial)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 26, 1943: Six journalists, including Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney, fly on a US Eighth Air Force bombing raid to Wilhelmshaven, Germany; Robert B. Post of the New York Times is killed in a lost B-24. Australians secure Wau, New Guinea area.

Today in World War II History—Feb. 25, 1943

US troops marching through Kasserine Pass, Tunisia, 26 Feb 1943 (US Army Signal Corps photo)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 25, 1943: U-boats break off attack on Allied North Atlantic convoy ON-166; 15/49 ships have been lost since February 21. In Tunisia, US II Corps reoccupies abandoned Kasserine Pass. In New Zealand, Japanese POWs attempt escape; 48 POWs and one guard killed. US 11th Airborne Division activated under Maj. Gen. Joseph Swing… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Feb. 24, 1943

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel with his staff in Tunisia, 1943 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 24, 1943: German Army Group Africa created under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, including 1st Italian Army under Gen. Giovanni Messe and German 5th Panzer Army under Gen. Hans-Jürgin von Arnim.

Today in World War II History—Feb. 23 1943

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel talking to German troops in captured American half-track, Tunisia, 1943 (German Federal Archives: Bild 146-1990-071-31)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 23 1943: Rommel retreats back through Kasserine Pass; Americans have lost 192 killed and 2400 POWs in battle. Allied Convoy UC-1 loses 7 tankers to German U-boats over the next two days, with the first use of German acoustic homing torpedoes.

Today in World War II History—Feb. 22, 1943

Sophie Scholl, 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 22, 1943: Nazis try and execute Hans & Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, and 4 other leaders of White Rose resistance group. In Norway, Nazi collaborationist Quisling orders conscription of 35,000 Norwegian men for military construction. Battleship USS Iowa is commissioned, New York Naval Yard, first of four Iowa-class battleships, the last US… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Feb. 21, 1943

Knocked-out Soviet T-34 tanks in Kharkov, Ukraine, Feb 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 21, 1943: US Marines and 43rd Infantry Division take Russell Islands in the Solomons unopposed. Germans open counterattack in Ukraine toward Kharkov. Thirty-five Japanese-Americans are arrested at Tule Lake Relocation Center for refusing to fill out a loyalty questionnaire.

Today in World War II History—Feb. 20, 1943

US poster, WWII, featuring Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech"

75 Years Ago—Feb. 20, 1943: Germans take Kasserine Pass in Tunisia; first use of German Nebelwerfer rocket launcher. Movie executives agree to allow US Office of War Information to censor films. New song in Top Ten: “I’ve Heard That Song Before.” Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” appears on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.