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28 Jan 1943
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Osaka, Japan. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Germany finally mobilized her work force for total war, requiring registration of men aged 16 to 65 and women aged 17 to 50. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Filipp Golikov was awarded the Order of Suvorov. ww2dbase [Filipp Golikov | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Aleksandr Vasilevsky | CPC]
  • Vasily Chuikov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the first time. ww2dbase [Vasily Chuikov | CPC]
  • Hubert Lanz was promoted to the rank of General der Gebirgstruppe and was made the commanding officer of Armeeabteilung Lanz army detachment. ww2dbase [Hubert Lanz | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Wahoo sighted Fais Island, Caroline Islands; she attempted to shell the Japanese phosphate refinery, but the appearance of a Japanese freighter forced her to abandon the attack. ww2dbase [Wahoo | Fais | CPC]
New Hebrides Russia
  • As the German forces in Stalingrad, Russia were now divided into three pockets by Soviet attacks, Hermann Göring messaged Friedrich Paulus, noting that Paulus' stubborn defense, even if it led to self sacrifice, would go down in German history as one of the most heroic tales. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | Stalingrad | CPC]
  • Georgy Zhukov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the first time; this was the very first Order of Suvorov given out by the Soviet Union. 22 more Suvorov 1st Class medals were given out on this date after Zhukov's award. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
United States
  • The US Army announced a plan to form a special Nisei combat team from Americans of Japanese parentage. Within days they receive over 10,000 volunteers for only 2,500 places. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Jan 1943
Franklin Roosevelt inspecting facilities in Natal, Brazil as he travels back to the United States after the Casablanca Conference, 28 Jan 1943. Brazilian president Getulio Vargas is seated in the back seat of the Jeep.

28 Jan 1943 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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