Today in World War II History—Jan. 23, 1944
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Sarah Sundin
75 Years Ago—Jan. 23, 1944: Australians take Shaggy Ridge in the Finisterre Mountains of New Guinea, securing Huon Peninsula.
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower approves a 5-division front for D-day rather than the original 3-division front, which necessitates postponing invasion date from May 1 to June 1 to obtain enough LSTs (landing ship, tank).
Off Anzio, Luftwaffe bombers sink British destroyer HMS Janus with a glide bomb and damage destroyer HMS Jervis with a Fritz-X bomb.