Today in World War II History—January 18, 1942
80 Years Ago—Jan. 18, 1942: As Japanese advance, RAF withdraws bombers from Singapore to Sumatra.
Field Marshal Fedor von Bock assumes command of German Army Group South.
Dutch begin to destroy oil facilities at Balikpapan, Borneo, so they won’t fall into Japanese hands.
Soviets surround Germans at Demyansk, Russia; German troops will be supplied by air.