This site requires Adobe Flash Player v.9.0
or higher and javascript to be turned on. Get Adobe Flash Player



All times are UTC + 1 hour [ DST ]




Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 74 posts ]  Digg: On This Day in WWII....  Digg: On This Day in WWII....  Digg: On This Day in WWII....  Digg: On This Day in WWII.... Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
  Print view

Re: On This Day in WWII....
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:05 am 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 12, 1945

On the Eastern Front... The final Soviet winter offensive begins with attacks by 1st Ukrainian Front (Konev) from the Sandomierz bridgehead on the west bank of the Vistula River with 7 armies in the front line. The defending German forces are mostly from Army Group Center and Army Group A with 4th Panzer Army defending the breakthrough area. The German troops are outnumbered by at least four or five to one in all classes of equipment and prove incapable of resisting the Soviet advance.

In Burma... The British 18th Indian Division takes bridgeheads over the Irrawaddy north of Mandalay at Kyaukmyaung and Thabeikkyin. Fierce Japanese attacks in these areas immediately begin. In the Arakan there are landings of British Commando troops near Myebon on the mainland between Akyab and Ramree.

In Occupied French Indochina... There are air attacks from the planes of the carriers of Task Force 38 against Japanese installations at the naval base at Camranh Bay and others areas in Indochina. TG 38.5 continues the attacks from its specially trained carriers. Japanese losses to the attacks amount to 29 ships of 116,000 tons. Eleven small warships are also sunk.

On the Western Front... There are new attacks on the north flank of the Ardennes salient by US 7th and 18th Corps of the US 1st Army.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:58 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
In the Philippines... The escort carrier, Salamana, is badly damaged in a Kamikaze attack. These are now becoming rare, however, because most of the Kamikaze aircraft have been lost and the rest withdrawn. Ashore, the US bridgehead is steadily being extended. Damortis is taken.
On the Eastern Front... In East Prussia, the Soviet 3rd Belorussian Front (Chernyakhovsky) strikes the German 3rd Panzer Army, part of Army Group North (Reinhardt). The attack begins in the early morning hours but progresses very slowly in spite of intensive supporting fire. Schlossberg and Kattenau change hands several times during the fighting. Meanwhile, in southern Poland, the 1st Ukrainian Front achieves an advance of 40 km along a 64 km frontage.

On the Western Front... In the Ardennes units of US 1st Army from the north and the British 30th Corps from the west, reach Ourthe between Laroche and Houffalize. US 3rd Army forces are also moving toward Houffalize from the south.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:19 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
In the Philippines... On Luzon, the US 14th Corps continues to advance south from the beachhead and has now crossed the Agno River. The US 1st Corps is attacking north and east but fails to reach its objective of Rosario.

On the Eastern Front... German Army Group North commits its reserves (7th Panzer Division and Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland) to battle and these units inflict losses and delays on the Soviet 2nd Belorussian Front. Kielce falls to the 1st Ukrainian Front (Konev). To the south, the 4th Ukrainian Front (Petrov) also goes over to the offensive.

On the Western Front... American forces encounter heavy resistance in attacks toward St. Vith. US 1st Army troops have reached Houffalize, cutting off remaining German forces to the west in the Ardennes salient.

In the Mediterranean... An Italian naval squadron interned in Port Mahon (Minorca) since September 8, 1943, leaves for Malta.

In the North Atlantic... The escort carrier Thane is torpedoed by German U-484 off the Firth of Clyde, along the western coast of Scotland.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:43 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 15, 1945

In the Philippines... On Luzon, the US 14th Corps continues to advance south from the beachhead and has now crossed the Agno River. The US 1st Corps is attacking north and east but fails to reach its objective of Rosario.

On the Eastern Front... German Army Group North commits its reserves (7th Panzer Division and Panzer Grenadier Division Grossdeutschland) to battle and these units inflict losses and delays on the Soviet 2nd Belorussian Front. Kielce falls to the 1st Ukrainian Front (Konev). To the south, the 4th Ukrainian Front (Petrov) also goes over to the offensive.

On the Western Front... American forces encounter heavy resistance in attacks toward St. Vith. US 1st Army troops have reached Houffalize, cutting off remaining German forces to the west in the Ardennes salient.

In the Mediterranean... An Italian naval squadron interned in Port Mahon (Minorca) since September 8, 1943, leaves for Malta.

In the North Atlantic... The escort carrier Thane is torpedoed by German U-484 off the Firth of Clyde, along the western coast of Scotland.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:44 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 16, 1945

In Burma... Namhkam is taken by the Chinese units, which have advanced from Myitkyina along the Ledo Road. The road northeast from Namhkam into Chino is not yet clear.

On the Western Front... There are attacks by the British 13th Corps near Roermond aimed at eliminating the small German salient west of the Maas. In the Ardennes the US 1st and 3rd Armies link up at Houffalize. An Allied offensive aimed at eliminating the German bridgehead across the Rhine River, 8 miles north of Strasbourg, begins about 0200 hrs.

On the Eastern Front... Elements of 1st Belorussian Front capture Radom, an important industrial and communications center and an important position in the German defenses in Poland, while to the north other elements have encircled Warsaw and are fighting their way through the city. Most of the defending German troops have escaped to the west however. Troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front, to the south, are making even better progress and have reached Czestochowa, about 15 miles from Silesia, in Germany. In the last three days , Soviet forces have advance up to 37 miles and created a breach of the German defense about 74 miles long.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:45 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 17, 1945

On the Eastern Front... The totally devastated city of Warsaw is cleared of German resistance by forces of the 1st Belorussian Front. A Polish unit fighting with the Red Army is involved in the final attacks. To the north, troops of the 2nd Belorussian Front enter Modlin.

On the Western Front... Heavy fog along most of the front reduces Allied offensive action. The British 2nd Army, north of Sittard, successfully holds the village of Dieteren. The US 3rd Army reaches Diekirch.

In London... Empire forces war casualty statistics are published which report a total of 1,043,554 casualties of all ranks up to November 30, 1944. These include 282,000 dead and 80,000 missing.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:46 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 18, 1945

On the Eastern Front... Forces of the Soviet 2nd Belorussian Front capture Modlin. The 1st Belorussian Front and the 1st Ukrainian Front are threatening the Polish cities of Lodz and Krakow with encirclement. German forces withdraw from Krakow. Meanwhile, in Hungary, south of Lake Balaton, the German 4th SS Panzer Corps (Gille), part of Army Group South, spearheads a relieving attack towards Budapest and nearly destroys the Soviet 135th Rifle Corps, an element of 3rd Ukrainian Front (Tolbukhin).

On the Western Front... British commandos have landed on the Dutch island of Schouwen. Forces of the British 2nd Army are progressing north of Sittard and have captured the town and road junction of Echt. Fighting continues in the Ardennes. US 3rd Army troops have crossed the Sure River and are engaged in Diekirch.

From London... Admiral Sir Harold Burrough is appointed Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force in succession to the late Sir Bertram Ramsay.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:47 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 19, 1945

On the Eastern Front... Wloclawek on the Vistula falls to elements of 2nd Belorussian Front. Lodz is captured by 1st Belorussian Front forces. Troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front take Tarnow and Krakow, a former capital of Poland. Further south, Nowy Sacz is taken by the 4th Ukrainian Front. To the south, in Hungary, the German 4th SS Panzer Corps, an element of Army Group South, reaches the Danube River at Dunapentele and effectively cuts off most of the Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front forces from its supplies.

On the Western Front... In the north, Sittard is cleared of German resistance. In Alsace, German forces north of Strasbourg link up with other forces to further north.

In the Philippines... On Luzon, the US attacks are now being concentrated to the south of the beachhead with the aim of striking to Manila. Carmen is taken. On Mindoro, there is a brief flurry of activity as the Japanese try to slow the advance toward Calapan of the US 21st Infantry. Filipino guerrillas are active throughout the island in support of US forces.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:49 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 20, 1945

On the Eastern Front... The Soviet offensive against German forces in East Prussia achieves an important breakthrough in the attacks from the northeast. Tilsit is taken. All the Soviet fronts in Poland are moving forward despite the German resistance. In Hungary, the fighting in Budapest continues but the Soviets now control the Pest half of the town.

In Liberated Hungary... The Hungarian Provisional Government concludes an armistice with the USSR, the USA and Britain. The Hungarians agree to pay reparations and to join the war against Germany.

On the Western Front... French 1st Army (de Lattre) begins an offensive in the Vosges area near Colmar. Bad weather hinders the advance and the defense by the German 19th Army is effective. Progress is gradually made however. To the north, in the Ardennes, the advance of US 3rd Army continues. Brandenburg is taken.

In Burma... On the Ledo Road, the Chinese forces have only a few more miles to clear. The advance from Yunnan has reached Wanting River on the border and from the other direction, Mu-se is taken only 10 miles away.

In the United States... President Roosevelt is inaugurated for a fourth term. Vice President Truman is also sworn in. In his speech Roosevelt promises to continue to work for the Allied victory and for the establishment of peace and security for the postwar world.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:50 pm 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 21, 1945

On the Eastern Front... In East Prussia, Soviet attacks penetrate up to 15 miles. The 2nd Belorussian Front (Rokossovsky) forces capture Tannenberg (scene of a significant German victory over Russian forces in 1914). Gumbinnen is also taken. Soviet 1st Belorussian Front (Zhukov) have reach Konin -- within 200 miles of Berlin -- along the road from Warsaw. The 1st Ukrainian Front (Konev) has penetrated some 20 miles into Silesia and threatens the cities of Breslau and Oppeln.

On the Western Front... Witlz falls to the US 3rd Corps in the Ardennes. German forces are making a general withdrawal to the Siegfried Line.

In Burma... There are British landings at the northern tip of Ramree Island. The British 4th and 71st Indian Brigades are put ashore. The battleship, Queen Elizabeth, and an escort carrier are in support but there is little resistance. On the mainland, Monywa on the Chindwin River, is taken by 20th Indian Division (part of British 33rd Corps).

In the Philippines... On Luzon, the US 40th Division takes Tarlac and pushes south toward Clark Field.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:15 am 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 22, 1945

On the Eastern Front... As well as the attacks of 1st Baltic and 3rd Belorussian Fronts from the northeast, the German position in East Prussia is being threatened by the northwest advance of 2nd Belorussian Front toward the Elbing and Danzig area. In the attacks from the northeast Insterburg falls while in the other advance, Allenstein and Deutsch Eylau are taken. To the south, Gneizo is taken in the drive of the 1st Belorussian Front toward Poznan. In Hungary, the German 4th SS Panzer Corps, part of Army Group South, reaches the Vali River, only 15 miles (24 km) from Budapest.

On the Western Front... The British 2nd Army is continuing its attacks in the Roermond area and takes St. Joost and other towns near Sittard. In the Ardennes, US 1st Army attacks all along the front between Houffalize and St. Vith.

In the English Channel... German motor torpedo boats attack a convoy north of Dunkirk. Elements of the German 8th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla penetrate into the Thames Estuary.

In the Philippines... On Luzon, the US 1st Corps is engaged in heavy fighting near Carmen and Rosario.

In Burma... The British 4th Corps takes Tilin in its continuing advance toward the Irrawaddy River to the south.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:16 am 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 23, 1945

In Burma... Myinmu is taken the by 20th Indian Division. This division and the other British 33rd Corps units, which have crossed the Irrawaddy north of Mandalay, attract significant Japanese counterattacks because of the threat posed to Mandalay. This is exactly what General Slim, commanding British 14th Army, has hoped for while British 4th Corps prepares the real advance further south.

In the Philippines... Elements of US 14th Corps take Bamban in their continuing southward attacks and almost reach Clark Field.

On the Eastern Front... As well as the continuing attacks in Poland and East Prussia, there is a new advance from around Miskolc by the 2nd Ukrainian Front (Malinovsky) with both Soviet and Rumanian troops involved.

On the Western Front... St. Vith falls to the attack of tank units from US 18th Corps. The German forces are falling back over the River Our from throughout the Ardennes salient but are losing heavily to Allied air attacks.

In Germany... Count Helmuth von Moltke-Kreisau, leader of the pacifist "Kreisau Circle" organization, is executed.

In France... Charles Maurras, the editor of the Royalist and anti-Semitic newspaper Action Francaise, is put on trial at Lyons for collaboration.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:17 am 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 24, 1945

On the Western Front... Units from the French 1st Army take crossings over the River Ill in Alsace, on the northern flank of the Colmar pocket. In the Ardennes there are Allied advances north and south of St. Vith. US 3rd Army reaches the Clerf River. The British 2nd Army enters Heinsberg, about 3 miles west of the Roer River.

On the Eastern Front... Soviets forces reach the estuary of the Vistula, southwest of Elbing. Soviet troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front are attacking near Breslau (about 4 miles to the southeast) and Oppeln, the capital of German Upper Silesia, on the Oder River. They take Gleiwitz. New Soviet attacks are launched in Czechoslovakia.

From Berlin... SS leader Himmler is appointed by Hitler to lead the new Army Group Vistula, being formed to oppose the Soviet advance toward Berlin. Himmler has no experience, nor has he demonstrated any aptitude for operational command and his appointment is widely viewed as an insult to the German Army and General Staff.

In the Philippines... Calapan is taken by the US forces on Mindoro. Japanese resistance on the island has been reduced to isolated pockets. Cabanatuan is taken by the US forces on Luzon.

In China... The US 14th Air Force has to abandon Suichuan airfield because of Japanese advances nearby.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:18 am 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 25, 1945

On the Eastern Front... The German forces in East Prussia are effectively cut off and the German evacuation of military personal and civilians from East Prussia begins. The operation continues until the end of the war and is considered the greatest evacuation in history (amounting to 1.5 to 2 million people). About 40 large passenger ships and many other transports as well as practically all the remaining surface ships of the German Navy including the cruisers, Emden and Admiral Hipper are involved. There are considerable losses to the many mines laid in the Baltic by RAF Bomber Command and to the submarines of the Soviet Baltic Fleet. In the fighting to the south, Ostrow is taken by left flank units of the 1st Ukrainian Front; other elements capture crossings over the Oder River near Breslau and Steinau. Meanwhile, in Hungary, the German 4th SS Panzer Corps, an element of Army Group South, is halted by forces of the 3rd Ukrainian Front.

From Berlin... General Reinhardt, who has been in command of the German Army Group Center in East Prussia, is dismissed and General Rendulic is appointed to the renamed Army Group North.

In the Philippines... The US 37th Division, US 14th Corps (Griswold), occupies a large part of the Clark Field air base.

In the Volcano Islands... Iwo Jima is bombarded by the battleship Indiana and a force of cruisers and destroyers. There are also air attacks by B-24 and B-29 bombers. This is the first step in the preparation for the US landings in February.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Re: On This Day in WWII....
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:19 am 
Offline
Airborne Staff
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 169
Location: Canada
JANUARY 26, 1945

On the Eastern Front... The advance of the Soviet 2nd Belorussian Front reaches the Baltic north of Elbing completely cutting off the German forces of Army Group North in East Prussia.

On the Western Front... Units of US 3rd Army in the Ardennes have now crossed the Clerf River in several areas and are attacking all along the front of US 3rd and 12th Corps.

In Burma... There are British landings on Chedube Island south of Ramree. A small force of Marines goes ashore on the first day. They are later reinforced by the 36th Indian Brigade. On the mainland to the north, the 81st African Division takes Myohaung. Inland, in the advance of 4th Corps to the Irrawaddy River, Pauk is taken by the 7th Indian Division.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 74 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next

All times are UTC + 1 hour [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron






All times are UTC + 1 hour [ DST ] - It is currently Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:08 am

Liquid Black Designed By Andrew / Powered by phpBB © 2008 phpBB Group