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18 Jan 1942

Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-86 sank Greek ship Dimitrios G. Thermiotis off Newfoundland at 0613 hours, killing all 33 aboard. German submarine U-66 sank US tanker Allan Jackson 30 kilometers northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States at 0833 hours, killing 23 of 35 aboard. Also off North Carolina, just to the southwest, U-123 damaged US tanker Malay, killing 5. At 0644 hours, German submarine U-552 sank US ship Frances Salman, killing all 28 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • The Dutch began to destroy oil facilities at Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Germany, Japan, and Italy signed a military agreement in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
Gibraltar
  • British anti-submarine trawler HMS Erin and minesweeping trawler HMS Honjo were destroyed by a mysterious explosion in Gibraltar, which also damaged anti-submarine trawler HMS Imperialist. Spanish saboteurs and Italian frogmen were the main suspects. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team in US Territory of Hawaii intercepted Japanese Navy radio messages that mentioned an invasion or occupation force against a target code named "R", which Rochefort guessed was Rabaul, New Britain. He would pass this information to Chester Nimitz via Edwin Layton. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese battleship Mutsu towed the old Italian-built armored cruiser Nisshin as a target ship during battleship Yamato's gunnery trials off Kurahashi Island, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Mutsu towed the old Italian-built armored cruiser Nisshin as a target ship for battleship Yamato's gunnery trials off Kurahashi Island, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Malaya
  • Australian troops destroyed 9 Japanese tanks north of Bakri, Malaya at 0645 hours, but by the evening the Japanese were able to get through this area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Plunger sank Japanese freighter Eizan Maru 23 miles off Honshu, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • German 11.Armee captured Feodosiya in the Crimea region of Russia, sealing off the Soviet bridgehead near Kerch. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • German II and X Korps were cut off at Demyansk, Russia; the Luftwaffe maintained an aerial supply line to these surrounded troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Soviet 54th Army broke through German defenses at Pogoste, Russia, 75 kilometers southeast of Leningrad. Further south, Soviet 2nd Shock Army penetrated German lines near Spasskaya Polisk on the Volkhov River. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ukraine
  • Soviet troops attacked across the Donets River in southern Russia and eastern Ukraine, hoping to cut off German forces around the Sea of Azov. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Feldmarschall Fedor von Bock succeeded Walther von Reichenau as the head of German Armeegruppe Süd fighting in Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 18 Jan 1942
2 pounder gun of 4th Anti-Tank Regiment of Australian 8th Division on the Muar-Parit Sulong Road, Malaya, 18 Jan 1942; note knocked out Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go tank in distance2 pounder gun of 4th Anti-Tank Regiment of Australian 8th Division and its crew near Muar, Malaya, 18 Jan 1942

18 Jan 1942 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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