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16th January 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front, Red Army began direct attack on Mojaisk. Soviet forces pressed forward towards Perekop Isthmus, in Crimea.

In Africa, Erwin Rommel's forces in Libya took up defensive position south of El Agheila.

Far East, Australian reinforcements in action in Malaya. United States naval forces sank three Japanese transports and two cargo vessels. The Dutch announced sinking of two Japanese destroyers during attack on Tarakan.

General Sir Alan Hartley appointed Commander-In-Chief of India.

Hawaiian Air Force. First significant deployment of aircraft from Hawaiian Air Force begins with movement of 6 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Walter C Sweeney, to Palmyra for duty with Task group 8.9.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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