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1 Jan 1938
  • Cruiser Köln began two months of repairs at Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lord Gort was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Giffard was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Japanese Army General Iwane Matsui reportedly told a Japanese diplomat "[m]y men have done something very wrong and extremely regrettable" regarding the atrocities committed in Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chen Shaokuan was named the supreme commander of the Chinese Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chiang Kaishek stepped down as the Premier of the Republic of China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Although Hurricane fighters had been arriving for the past week, this date was the official date that No. 111 Squadron RAF (based at RAF Northolt, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom) converted to operate these newly developed fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jan 1938
A Japanese newspaper reporting a killing contest held by the Japanese Army in NanjingInauguration ceremony of the Chinese collaborationist Nanjing Autonomous Commission, China, 1 Jan 1938, photo 1 of 2Inauguration ceremony of the Chinese collaborationist Nanjing Autonomous Commission, China, 1 Jan 1938, photo 2 of 2

1 Jan 1938 Interactive Map

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




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