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27 Jan 1944
  • The 872-day siege of Leningrad, Russia was relieved by Soviet forces after suffering 200,000 military and 1,200,000 civilian deaths. The German 18.Armee in the region was withdrawn to the Luga River. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | AC]
  • 1st Ukrainian Front launches an attack towards Luzk and Rovno, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Orde Wingate and William Slim met at Comilla; Slim told Wingate that he could no longer provide any battalions for Wingate's second Chindit operation. Angrily, Wingate wrote a letter to Louis Mountbatten, criticizing Slim and asked to be relieved of duty since he could not perform his duties alongside of Slim; Slim was provided a carbon copy of the letter. Instead, via George Giffard, Mounbatten said he would find Wingate troops from the 81st West African Division. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • Richard O'Connor was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Richard O'Connor | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Germany India
  • The 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) departed Camp Deogarh, Central Provinces, India for its new camp in Assam Province, India. ww2dbase [Central Provinces | CPC]
  • To the west, Allied Major General John Lucas by now commanded 70,000 men, 237 tanks, 508 heavy guns, and 27,000 tons of supplies at Anzio, Italy, but he decided to still maintain a defensive posture. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | TH]
  • Germans launched a counter attack against French troops near Cassino, Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | Cassino, Lazio | CPC]
Japan United Kingdom
  • HMS P556 suffered a battery explosion. ww2dbase [S-29/P556 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Jan 1944
African-American US Army WAC Master Sergeant Helen Starr bowling at Fort McClellan, Alabama, United States, 27 Jan 1944Battleship Indiana en route to attack Taroa Island airfield, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands, 27 Jan 1944; photo 2 of 2Battleship Indiana underway at sea, circa late Jan 1944; cropped from US Navy Naval Historical Center photograph NH 52662 to emphasize the camouflage schemeEarly construction of a large concrete caisson known as a Phoenix, 27 Jan 1944 in southern England. These had flooding valves and were to be sunk as part of the Mulberry Harbors for the Normandy landings.
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