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18 Feb 1942
  • Russian forces under General Timoshenko launched a fresh offensive against the Germans on the central front; the southern front was marked by strong gains by Soviet troops in the Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Burma's Premier U Saw was detained by the British for allegedly being in communication with the Japanese. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Omar Bradley was promoted to the temporary rank of major general. ww2dbase [Omar Bradley | CPC]
  • After three days of confused fighting along the Bilin in Burma, Major General "Jackie" Smyth learned that he was threatened with being outflanked to the south by the Japanese 143rd Regiment. He committed his last reserves, 4/12th Frontier Force Regiment who fought a stiff action on 16th Indian Brigade's left but ultimately failed to dislodge the Japanese. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | AC]
  • Free French submarine Surcouf collided with US merchant ship Thomson Lykes 95 miles north of the Panama Canal in the Gulf of Mexico; Surcouf would sink, killing all 130 aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean Dutch East Indies Germany
  • Germany, Italy, and Japan signed a military convention in Berlin, Germany, laying down "guidelines for common operations against the common enemies." ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
Hawaii Newfoundland
  • US destroyer USS Truxton ran aground and broke apart at Ferryland Point, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland in poor weather; 119 were killed, 33 survived. ww2dbase [Placentia Bay | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS S-41 fired four torpedoes at a Japanese transport off Cape Mangkalihat, Dutch Borneo in the northern end of the Makassar Strait, scoring one hit and sinking the ship. ww2dbase [S-41 | Makassar Strait | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 18 Feb 1942
Battleship USS Nevada entering Pearl Harbor’s Drydock No. 2, 18 Feb 1942. Photo 1 of 2.Battleship USS Nevada entering Pearl Harbor’s Drydock No. 2, 18 Feb 1942. Photo 2 of 2.Chiang Kaishek, Song Meiling, and Mohandas Gandhi, India, 18 Feb 1942, photo 1 of 4Chiang Kaishek, Song Meiling, and Mohandas Gandhi, India, 18 Feb 1942, photo 2 of 4
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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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