Today in World War II History—Jan. 29, 1943 POSTED: Monday, January 29, 2018 by Sarah Sundin 75 Years Ago—Jan. 29, 1943: Soviets drive southwest on the Voronezh front toward Kharkov. Australian paratroopers land at Wau, New Guinea. Maj. Ruth Cheney Streeter is named the first director of US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve.