1941: British launch counteroffensive in East Africa, attacking Eritrea and Ethiopia from Sudan.
1941: Mussolini asked for German help at a meeting between Muss. & Hitler at Berchtesgarden on Jan 19-20. hitler agreed to provide 2 divisions as soon as possible.
1942: Japanese take North Borneo.
1943: Russians claim further victories during a 75-mile advance towards Kharkov on the Voronezh front, with the Russians claiming 52,000 axis prisoners on this front alone.
1943: The Eighth Army captures Homs and Tarhuna, near Tripoli.
1944: The Eire government announces the arrest of two ‘Quisling’ Irishmen, parachuted into County Clare by German planes.
1944: Germans forces are surrounded in Novgorod, 100 miles to the South of Leningrad, but manage to break out.
1945: Hitler orders that all divisional sized and larger attacks, or retreats must have his approval.
1945: The Russians cross 1939 Poland-Silesia frontier taking Kracow. East Prussia is also entered from south by Russian troops. Red Army forces capture Lodz.
1945: USAAF B-29 bombers destroy the Kawasaki aircraft works near Kobe, in Japan.
This Day in WWI
1915: The first German air raids on Great Britain inflict minor casualties.
1915: Surrender of British force at Jasin.
1916: Renewed activity north-east of Czernowitz.
1916: Allied warships bombard Porto Lagos (Bulgaria).
1916: Anglo-French occupy Ebolowa (Cameroons).
1917: Further unsuccessful Romanian attacks between Casin and Susitsa valleys.
1917: Right bank of Tigris below Kut cleared of enemy after 10 days' continuous fighting.
1918: Raids and counter raids in Cambrai sector.
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