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Today in World War II History—Jan. 5, 1942

Sign posted in window of store owned by a Japanese-American the day after Pearl Harbor, shortly before the man's internment, Oakland, CA, March 1942 (Photo: Dorothea Lange, US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 5, 1942: In the Philippines, US & Filipino forces complete retreat into Bataan peninsula; troops put on half rations. In US, “enemy aliens” are required to surrender transmitters, shortwaves, and precision cameras. Franklin D. Roosevelt appears on cover of Time Magazine as 1941 Man of the Year.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 4, 1942

Japanese fleet en route for the invasion of Rabaul, photographed by an RAAF Hudson over Truk, 9 January 1942 (Royal Australian Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 4, 1942: Japanese begin pre-invasion air attacks on the major British naval and air base of Rabaul in the Bismarcks in the South Pacific.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 3, 1942

Chiang Kai-shek, 1943 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 3, 1942: Japanese land at Brunei on Borneo in Netherlands East Indies. Gen. Chiang Kai-shek named Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in China.

Today in World War II History—Jan. 2, 1942

Japanese light tanks advancing on Manila, 2 Jan 1942 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 2, 1942: British and South African troops take Bardia, Libya after a long siege. Japanese take Manila in the Philippines as well as Clark Field and Cavite Navy Yard. Thirty-three members of a German spy ring under Fritz Duquesne are convicted in the largest espionage case in US history. US Army orders… Read more »

Today in World War II History—Jan. 1, 1942

Canadian Prime Minister King, British Ambassador Halifax, and Chinese Ambassador Song with US President Roosevelt, Arcadia Conference, Washington DC, 1 Jan 1942 (US Government photo)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 1, 1942: Roosevelt and Churchill sign the “Declaration by the United Nations” at the Arcadia Conference in Washington; 24 other Allied nations will sign it, promising not to seek a separate peace. US discontinues automobile manufacturing for civilian sale for the duration; 500,000 remain in stock. Rose Bowl held at Duke University… Read more »

Something New: Today in World War II History

To commemorate the coming 65th anniversary of D-Day, I will be starting something new on my blog. In addition to my usual weekly posts, every day I will make a short post entitled “Today in World War II History,” which will highlight events that happened 65 years ago. On September 1, which will mark the… Read more »