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29 Jan 1942
  • Japanese submarine I-71 attacked and sank US Army 622-ton transport General Royal T. Frank about 2 miles west of Maui, Hawaii in the in the Alenuihaha Channel. All aboard were lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 50 German tanks forced the Indian 4th Infantry Division out of the defensive positions at Benghazi, Libya, capturing British vehicles and supplies. ww2dbase [Operation Crusader | CPC]
  • German Army General Rommel arrived at Benghazi, Libya. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • After invasion by the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, Iran joined the Allies, thus allowing US Lend-Lease supplies to reach the Soviet Union overland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler issued a directive that established the SS Sonderkommando Dirlewanger as a volunteer formation of the SS. This formation, which drew its personnel from concentration camps and hardened criminals, would become notorious for its war crimes against civilians in Poland. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | AC]
  • Repair ship Akashi provided repair work for destroyer Hatsuharu at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • The 20th Battalion of the Japanese 16th Division penetrated the US-Filipino Orion-Bagac defensive line at several locations at Bataan, Luzon, Philippine Islands; the reserve 45th Philippine Scout Division was quickly dispatched to halt the Japanese advance. Meanwhile, troops of the Philippine Scouts continued to assault the Japanese beachheads at Longoskawayan Point and Quinauan Point in southern Bataan. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • German submarine U-431 sank British minesweeping whaler HMS Sotra 25 miles northeast of Bardia, Libya at 2146 hours, killing all 22 aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Winston Churchill won a vote of confidence 464-1 in the House of Commons of the British Parliament; Independent Labour Party leader James Maxton cast the only vote against Churchill. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-164 sank US cargo ship Florence Luckenbach 10 miles off the Indian coast; all 38 aboard survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku returned to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Truk | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Nachi departed Davao, Philippine Islands for Bangka Roads, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Nachi | Bangka Roads, Celebes | CPC]
  • The US Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-132 whilst on patrol off the Iceland coast. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | U-132 | AC]

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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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