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12 Feb 1943
  • German engineering firm J. A. Topf und Söhne sent a letter to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland, confirming that it had received the order to build Crematoriums II and III at the camp. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Rostov, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German troops fell back from Krasnodar to the Kuban defensive positions in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | TH]
  • USS Mingo was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Ralph Lynch, Jr. in command. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • Pogy was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Pogy | CPC]
  • Maximilian von Weichs stepped down as the commanding officer of German Armeegruppe B. ww2dbase [Maximilian von Weichs | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Maikaze at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
China
  • Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru, with troops on board, sailed out of Qingdao, China, with Yugure in escort. ww2dbase [Yugure | Qingdao, Shandong | CPC]
Poland Photo(s) dated 12 Feb 1943
Corporal Larry Corletti, Private Murril Chapman, and Private Louis Robles practicing abandoning a M3 medium tank at Camp Polk, Louisiana, United States, 12 Feb 1943

12 Feb 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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