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28 Feb 1801

  • The original facilities which would later become the Kirov Factory was established in Sankt Peterburg in northern Russia by the decree of Emperor Paul I for the construction of cannon balls. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1899
28 Feb 1900
  • Prince Kotohito was dispatched to Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1917
  • The revolutionaries were in full control of Petrograd, Russia. A Revolutionary headquarters was set up in the Tauride Palace and as the rebellious units of the Russian Army made their way they expected to ally themselves with the State Duma (the Parliamentary institute established following the 1905 revolt, but which Tsar Nicholas had now ordered to be dissolved). It was soon apparent however that the real power at the Tauride Palace laid in the hands of the Soviet (council) of Workers' and Soldier's Deputies, who despite a show of support for Alexander Kerensky's Provisional Government, had an agenda of their own. News of the insurrection in Petrograd reaches the Tsar, who was away on a tour of inspection of front-line units. He hastily set out to return to the capital but his train was diverted to Pskov, the Headquarters of General Russky's Northern Army Group. Unknown to Tsar Nicholas, Russky, who the Tsar believed to be a loyal subordinate, had been given secret orders by Rodzianko, the President of the Dumo (supported by some members of the General Staff) to persuading the Tsar to abdicate. ww2dbase [AC]
28 Feb 1918

  • Joseph Stilwell was attached to the AEF General Headquarters in Chaumont, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Royal Navy purchased the under construction hull of battleship Almirante Cochrane; she was ordered to be converted to become an aircraft carrier. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1922
  • The United Kingdom formally accepted the independence of Egypt. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, married Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey, London, England, United Kingdom. The Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the future Queen Elizabeth) was one of the bridesmaids. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1922
28 Feb 1929

  • Cadets entered the pilot training program at the Republic of China Military Academy in Nanjing, China. They were divided into two classes. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Feb 1932

Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1932
Troops of Chinese 19th Route Army guarding a roadblock in Shanghai, China, circa 28 Feb 1932
28 Feb 1933

  • German President Paul von Hindenburg issued the Reichstag Fire Decree, suspending key civil liberties in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1933
The Reichstag building in the morning after the fire, Berlin, Germany, 28 Feb 1933
28 Feb 1934
  • The German Army ordered the dismissal of all "Jews" (all non-Aryans) from military service. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • At a conference in the Great Hall of the Army General Staff Building on Bendlerstrasse, Berlin, Germany, Hitler told the assembled senior Army and SA officers in no uncertain terms that the Army would be the sole bearer of arms, although for the time being the SA would continue its frontier protection duties and paramilitary training. In addition Hitler informed the delegates that the Army must be organized to carry out training to be ready for a defensive war in five years and a war of aggression in eight years. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
28 Feb 1937
  • The Ki-30 aircraft took its first flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1938
  • USS Perch entered the Bering Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. C. James organized a unit of 200 men at Beiping, China; the unit was to be deployed shortly after to relieve the US Army troops based in Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft bombed Wuhan, Hubei, China, causing little damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wong Sun-sui, flying a Gladiator fighter out of Tianhe (Postal Map: Tien Ho) Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, shot down a Japanese E8N floatplane at about 0830 hours and claimed another as probable. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
28 Feb 1939
  • Manuel Azaña resigned from the post of President of the Republic of Spain. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Germany responded to the British and French inquiry of 8 Feb 1939 regarding why Germany had not yet guaranteed Czechoslovakian sovereignty, noting that Germany must "await first a clarification of the internal development of Czechoslovakia". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1940
  • At 0045 hours, Soviet High Command permitted the surrounded 34th Tank Brigade to retreat from the East Lemetti pocket in Finland. Finnish troops eased pressure and allowed 2,750 wounded Russian soldiers to escape on foot. About 1,000 out of the 1,250 who escaped to the south returned safely, but all 1,500 who escaped to the east were later caught by Finnish ski troops and killed. Finnish attacks on the East Lemetti pocket continued later in the day. On the Karelian Isthmus, however, Soviet troops were able to penetrate the second defensive line. Finally, troops of the Swedish Volunteer Corps took over front line duties against Soviet troops at Salla, Lapland in northern Finland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The United Kingdom and France offered military assistance for Finland, but they were waiting for Finland to issue a formal request for such aid. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Feb 1941
  • During the night 23 British Hampden aircraft from Waddington, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom attacked battleship Tirpitz at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Low clouds resulted in only 4 aircraft locating the battleship, and they failed to hit their target. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British destroyers HMS Decoy and HMS Hereward land 200 more British troops on the Greek island of Kastelorizo in the Dodecanese Islands to reinforce Operation Abstention; as the Italians reinforced the two torpedo boats in the area, Lupo and Lince, with destroyer Crispi, destroyer Sella, and two more torpedo boats, the British decided to cancel Operation Abstention; 40 British commandos were left behind and captured in the hastened retreat. To the north, German troops began to across into Bulgaria. Meanwhile, one squadron of RAF Hurricane fighters and one squadron of RAF Gladiator biplane fighters shot down 27 Italian aircraft over the Albanian mountains in support of Greek troops on the ground. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Bread ration was reduced from 350g to 280g in Vichy France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Italian forces at Kufra, Libya began surrender negotiations with Free French and British forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British liner Anchises, damaged by a German Fw 200 aircraft of I./KG 40 on the previous day, began sinking slowly at 1130 hours. The remaining 33 crew members took to a lifeboat; 12 of them would be killed when the lifeboat was accidentally sucked under corvette HMS Kingcup's bow, which had arrived to rescue them. In the afternoon, German aircraft returned and completed Anchises' sinking with bombs. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-108 sank British ship Effna 200 miles south of Iceland at 2332 hours, killing the entire crew of 33. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Feb 1942
  • San Juan was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US submarine Permit delivered ammunition to Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Upon departure, the submarine evacuated 31 US Navy personnel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-578 attacked destroyer USS Jacob Jones 10 kilometers east of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, United States, hitting her with two or three torpedoes, sinking her. About 80 of the 110 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Franz Halder noted in his diary that the campaign in the Soviet Union had thus far caused 1,005,636 German casualties, 202,251 of which were killed. He also noted that there were 112,627 cases of frostbite. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Alfred Rosenberg advised Wilhelm Keitel to improve the treatment of Soviet prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was promoted to the rank of Oberfeldwebel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The planned strike on Rabaul, New Britain by the US 14th Reconnaissance Squadron (based in Queensland, Australia) was cancelled as about half of the squadron's men were falling ill with dengue fever. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 7 Japanese Type 1 bombers of the 4th Air Group, escorted by 6 Zero fighters, attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua, destroying 3 Catalina aircraft, damaging 1 Catalina aircraft, and damaging seaplane base facilities. The Japanese lost one fighter to anti-aircraft fire; the downed pilot, Flying Petty Officer 1st Class Katsuaki Nagatomo, was captured. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • General Archibald Wavell, who believed Rangoon, Burma must be held, relieved Thomas Hutton for planning an evacuation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Dutch East Indies
  • In the Dutch East Indies, Allied cruisers USS Houston and HMAS Perth were ordered to sail through Sunda Strait to Tjilatjap, where they would participate in the Battle of Sunda Strait, and USS Houston would sink with the loss of 693 men. Meanwhile, Japanese troops landed at Bantam Bay and Eretan Wetan, west and east of Batavia, respectively; another force landed 100 miles east of Surabaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British cruiser HMS Exeter departed Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies for Ceylon. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • U-576 arrived at Saint-Nazaire, France, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A company of the British Parachute Regiment led by Major John Frost and accompanied by a section of engineers led by Lieutenant Denis Vernon and RAF radar mechanic Flight Sergeant Charles Cox made a daring raid on Bruneval in northern France. They brought back vital components of the German Würzburg radar for further examination by British engineers. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille arrived in Berlin, Germany for a period of home leave. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-153 sank British freighter City of Manchester south of Java, Dutch East Indies; 3 were killed, 6 were captured by I-153's crew, and 128 were rescued by USS Whippoorwill and USS Lark. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Garland was refitted at Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1943
  • Oyodo was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Admiral Hipper was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Construction began on the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world at Hanford, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur's staff completed a plan calling for a more deliberate advance in the Southwest Pacific. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese convoy Operation 81 assembled at Rabaul, New Britain and readied for departure scheduled for the next day. The convoy was consisted of 6 transports (carrying 6,000 troops and supplies), 1 old navy supply ship (carrying 600 Special Naval Landing Force troops), and 1 small freighter (carrying 1,650 drums of aviation gas); it was escorted by 8 destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a Hurricane and a Blenheim aircraft over Akyab (now Sittwe), Burma, increasing his score to 23. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Werner Ehrhardt was named the commanding officer of German cruiser Prinz Eugen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 712 RAF aircraft (457 Lancaster, 252 Halifax, and 3 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany; 20 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Six newly arrived Norwegian agents of the British Special Operations Executive (code named Gunnerside) joined the four agents already in place since Oct 1942 (code named Grouse) in sabotaging the Norsk Hydro-Elektrisk Vemork heavy water production plant in Telemark, Norway, thereby depriving German atomic weapons scientists of 500 kilograms of heavy water and near-future heavy water production capability. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • A mistake in record-keeping at Auschwitz Concentration Camp caused registration information of the women's camp in Birkenau to be in a state of confusion. All female prisoners of Birkenau camp were gathered for a prolonged roll call which lasted the entire day to re-confirm camp records; at the same time, a selection also took place among the women, which condemned some of them to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Ray was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States, sponsored by the wife of S. C. Loomis. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Henry Arnold suffered his first heart attack and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, United States for several days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale departed Midway Atoll for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1943
Light cruiser Oyodo at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, circa 28 Feb 1943; note the 45m large catapult at stern which was later removed during conversionGerman Das Reich Division tank entering the outskirts of Kharkov, Ukraine, Feb-Mar 1943
28 Feb 1944
  • German female aviator Hanna Reitsch presented a proposal of a squadron of suicide pilots to Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 80th Fighter Squadron (flying P-38 aircraft) of USAAF 80th Fighter Group was transferred out of Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her ninth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 127 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-57 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1944
Vice Admiral Thomas Kinkaid, General Douglas MacArthur, and Colonel Lloyd Labrbas aboard cruiser Phoenix during bombardment of Los Negros Island, 28 Feb 1944; note 40-mm gun mount in backgroundXB-32 prototype bomber at rest, 28 Feb 1944An American bomb dump in the Marshall Islands, 1944
28 Feb 1945
  • U-869 was attacked by American destroyer escort USS Fowler and French submarine chaser L'Indiscret off Rabat, French Morocco. Although the attack was unsuccessful, the Allies recorded it as a probably sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny was ordered to depart from Army Group Vistula and to return to Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Iran declared war on Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US Ninth Army achieved breakthrough near Erkelenz, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front captured Neustettin, Germany (now Szczecinek, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 5 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Soviet forces suspended offensives against German Armeegruppe Kurland in Lithuania. ww2dbase [TH]
Pacific Ocean
  • A F4U Corsair fighter of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 suffered a belly tank accidental detachment during its landing aboard USS Franklin in the Pacific Ocean between California, United States and the Territory of Hawaii. The tank flew forward into the propeller blades, and the resulting fuel spill was ignited into a fire that would burn for an hour. The pilot Ralph Husted was killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia declared war on Germany and Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-64 arrived at Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS R-1 departed for New York City, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1945
Drayton bombarding Palawan Island, Philippine Islands, 28 Feb 1945African-American soldiers of the US Army on march in Noyon, France, 28 Feb 1945Men of Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, US 1st Infantry Division marching toward Frauwüllesheim, Germany, after crossing the Roer River, 28 Feb 1945Destroyed American amtracs and other vehicles on beach of Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb-Mar 1945
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28 Feb 1946

  • The Sino-French Accords was signed in Chongqing, China, in which France formally relinquished extra-territorial rights in Shanghai, Tianjin, Hankou, and Guangzhou. It also changed the status of Haiphong, Tonkin, French Indochina to that of a free port for the Chinese. In concession, China began withdrawing its troops from northern French Indochina. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS ABSD-1 prepared for inactivation while at Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold was removed from the active list of the US Army Air Force due to a heart arrhythmia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell stepped down as the commanding officer of Western Defense Command, Presidio of San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1947

  • 228 Incident: A major civil disorder in Taiwan was put down by the government, resulting in 30,000 deaths. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Feb 1949
  • USS Bergall conculded a tour of the Far East. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1952
  • USS Tunny was recommissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Albert Forster was executed by hanging in Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1953

  • Ramón Magsaysay resigned as the Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines and began a political campaign for the presidency. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Saint Paul departed California, United States for Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1955
  • Maksim Saburov became the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Feb 1964

Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1964
NATO Military Committee chairman General Heusinger meeting with US Secretary of Defense McNamara at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 28 Feb 1964
28 Feb 1968

United States
  • USS Wasp's crew began a five-week period of refresher training. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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