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4 Feb 1944
  • German troops began operations to relieve the Korsun/Cherkassy pocket in Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Orde Wingate issued the guidelines for the second Chindit operation. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • USS Puffer departed Fremantle, Australia for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Moji, Japan. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • Francis Tuker was relieved of command of Indian 4th Infantry Division due to ill health. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
  • USS Luce began a period of anti-submarine patrol off Attu in the Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Luce | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • USS Cero departed Milne Bay, Australian Papua for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
  • 672nd, 674th, and 675th Bomb Squadrons (all flying A-20 aircraft) of USAAF 417th Bomb Group were transferred from Cape Sudest Airfield to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
Germany India
  • Major-General Francis Tuker, commanding 4th Indian Division, suffering a bad attack of a tropical illness that had recurrently bothered him for years, was obliged to hand over command to Brigadier Harry Dimoline. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
  • German troops penetrated Allied lines at the Anzio beachhead in Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
  • In Italy, the Second New Zealand Corps was established with the task of exploiting any breach in the Gustav Line, should the depleted American 5th Army be successful in creating one. The title was one of convenience only, for the Corps was a multi-national force assembled from the 2nd New Zealand, 4th Indian and (later) 78th British Divisions plus a combat group of the 1st US Armored Division. ww2dbase [AC]
Marshall Islands United Kingdom
  • British Royal Air Force formed No. 46 Group to control the five Dakota aircraft squadrons (Nos. 48, 233, 271, 512 and 575) which would carry the 3rd Parachute Brigade to Normandy, France in Jun 1944. ww2dbase [AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 4 Feb 1944
Men of US 7th Division waiting outside a Japanese blockhouse on Kwajalein while a flamethrower did its work, 4 Feb 1944Spruance, Conolly, Forrestal, Schmidt, Smith, Moreel, Carlson, and Pownall at Kwajalein Atoll, Feb 1944, photo 1 of 2Spruance, Conolly, Forrestal, Schmidt, Smith, Moreel, Carlson, and Pownall at Kwajalein Atoll, Feb 1944, photo 2 of 2Westward view of No. 12 Prisoner of War compound, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia, 4 Feb 1944
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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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Thomas Dodd, late 1945

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