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1932 — , January 11

  • CBI - China: Day 116 of 154 of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria.

1933 — , January 11

  • CBI - China: Day 11 of 142 of the 1st Battle of Hebei.

1937 — , January 11

  • Spain: Day 179 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.

1938 — , January 11

  • Spain: Day 544 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 189 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 34 of 54 of the Battle of Nanking.
    • Day 30 of 50 of the Rape of Nanking.

1939 — , January 11

  • Spain: Day 909 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 554 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

1940 — , January 11

  • UK: The Women's Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary delivers its first airplane from factory to depot, one more indication of increasing usefulness of women in the war effort.
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    First Officer Maureen Dunlop of Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary, emerging from the cockpit of a Fairey Barracuda, September 1944

    The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) was a civilian organization that ferried new, repaired and damaged military aircraft between UK factories, assembly plants, transatlantic delivery points, Maintenance Units, scrap yards, and active service squadrons and airfields, anywhere but to aircraft carriers. It also flew service personnel on urgent duty from one place to another and performed air ambulance work.

    The original intended usage was to transport mail and medical supplies. However, the pilots were immediately needed to work with the Royal Air Force ferry pools transporting aircraft. This freed the much-needed combat pilot for combat duty.

    It was dangerous work. One in ten of the 164 female pilots of the wartime ATA died doing their duty of transporting planes between factories and military airfields.

    The women among its members also had to put up with opposition from men who had little faith in their ability, or perhaps misplaced chivalry, such as Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, who would not let women pilots cross the Channel, or who were merely rude, such as the RAF men who joked of the first all-women aircraft ferrying pool at Hamble in Hampshire as "the lesbians' pool."

    First Officer Maureen Dunlop, gracing the cover of the Sept 16 1944 issue of the British magazine Picture Post

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  • Finland: Day 43 of 105 of the Russo-Finnish War.
  • CBI - China: Day 919 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 58 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.

1941 — , January 11

  • ETO - UK: Day 128 of 258 of the Blitz.
  • MTO: Hitler confirms Operation ALPINE VIOLETS, to send military support to the Italians in Albania.
  • MTO: German planes sink the cruiser HMS SOUTHHAMPTON and damage HMS GLOUCESTER in the Sicilian channel.
  • MTO - North Africa: Day 34 of 63 of the UK's Operation COMPASS, their campaign in North Africa against the Italians in Egypt and Libya. Hitler confirms Operation SUNFLOWER, to send military support to the Italians in Libya.
  • East Africa: Day 216 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,285 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • CBI - Thailand: Day 103 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).

1942 — , January 11

  • Russian Front - North: Day 126 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 3 of 29 of the Battle of Toropets, Russia. A failed attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 4 of 103 of the Battle of Vyazma, Russia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 4 of 103 of the Battle of Sychevsk, Russia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 74 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula. All further German attacks against the Crimean fortress of Sevastopol are stopped for the winter.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 29 of 164 of Japan's Invasion of Burma. Japanese begin advancing further into Burma.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,650 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 19 of 99 of the 3rd Battle of Changsha.
  • CBI - Malaya: Day 35 of 55 of the Battle of British Malaya. The Japanese 5th Division enters and occupies Kuala Lumpur which is the main supply base for the Indian 3rd Corps.
  • PTO - Borneo: Day 27 of 107 of the Battle of Borneo.
  • PTO - Dutch East Indies: Day 1 of 2 of the Battle of Tarakan. The Japanese make a landing at Tarakan. US 5th Air Force B-17s attack the Japanese landing forces but fail to stop them.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 35 of 152 of the 1st Battle of the Philippines.

1943 — , January 11

  • USA: President Roosevelt submits his budget to the US Congress. $100 billion of the $109 billion budget is identified with the war effort.
  • USA: Left-wing Italian journalist Carlo Tresca is shot to death in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Rumors claim this was a mob hit in effort to gain favor with Mussolini.
  • ETO - UK: US 8th Air Force: Flying borrowed Spitfires, the 4th Fighter Group fly ship protection patrols in the Channel.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 491 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 54 of 59 of the Battle of Velikiye Luki, near Leningrad. This stalemate does help ease the siege a little, but mostly it keeps German troops from being sent to other fronts.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 252 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket, USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 143 of 165 of the Battle of Stalingrad, bloodiest battle in human history. Soviets continue Operation RING, the final annihilation of the tattered remnants of German 6th Army at Stalingrad.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 31 of 69 of the USSR's Operation LITTLE SATURN. A successful drive into the Northern Caucasus and the Donets Basin pushing the Axis troops out.
  • MTO - Libya: RAF and US Air Forces provide air support.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 56 of 178 of the Battle of Tunisia. RAF and US Air Forces provide Allied air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 22 of 104 of the 1st Battle of Arakan. US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,015 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Alaska: Day 219 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands.
  • PTO - Malaya: Day 327 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 54 of 66 of the Battle of Buna-Gona. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 158 of 187 of the Battle of Guadalcanal. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: US B-26s and P-39s hit Munda, New Georgia.

1944 — , January 11

  • ETO - Germany: US 8th Air Force heavy bombers attack at Braunschweig, Magdeburg and Ascherleben.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 856 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 617 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket. USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 19 of 113 of the USSR's Dnieper-Carpathian Offensive in southwestern Ukraine.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 19 of 22 of the Battle of Zhitomir, Russia. This will create a 70 mile gap in the German line.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 7 of 12 of the Battle of Kirograd, Ukraine.
  • MTO - Greece: US 15th Air Force B-17s bomb the harbor at Piraeus. Six of their B-17s are lost in mid-air collisions in the heavy overcast.
  • MTO - Italy: Count Galeazzo Ciano and 17 other Fascist ex-ministers are shot by firing squad.
  • MTO - Italy: RAF and US Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground troops.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 13 of 99 of the 2nd Battle of Arakan.
  • CBI - Burma: US 10th Air Force attacks enemy troops and supply lines.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,380 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • US 14th Air Force bomb targets at Formosa, China, and Hong Kong. While they are gone, the Japanese bomb their airfield at Suichwan, China, twice.
  • PTO - Malaya: US 5th Air Force B-25s bomb at Koepang, Timor Island.
  • PTO - Marshall Islands: US 7th Air Force B-24s bomb several islands and vessels in the Marshalls.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 115 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 112 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 28 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain. US 13th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: US 13th Air Force attacks the Cape Saint George area on New Ireland Island.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 72 of 295 of the Battle of the Bougainville Islands.

1945 — , January 11

  • ETO - France: Day 164 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
  • ETO - France: Day 119 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
  • ETO - Belgium: Day 27 of 41 of the Battle of the Bulge. British troops capture Laroche, 20 miles northwest of Bastogne. US 9th Air Force provides air support.
  • ETO - Belgium: Day 12 of 26 of Operation NORDWIND, the last major German offensive of World War II on the Western Front.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 115 of 145 of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 119 of 223 of the Lapland War. Finland and Russia have joined forces to kick the Germans out of Finland's most northern province.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 89 of 206 of the Battle of the Courland Pocket in Latvia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 82 of 99 of the Siege of Memel, a border town of Lithuania and East Prussia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 75 of 108 of the Battle of Budapest, Hungary.
  • MTO - Italy: US and Royal Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground units.
  • CBI: US 14th Air Force hit targets at China and Burma.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 286 of 302 of the Chinese Salween Offensive. US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,746 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • CBI - Indochina: US Navy carrier-based planes attack Japanese airfields.
  • PTO - Alaska: US 11th Air Force B-24s bomb northwest of Taro Lake and Kotani Shima.
  • PTO - Japan: US 7th Air Force B-24s bomb the airfields on Iwo Jima during the day and again at night.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 381 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 265 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 84 of 299 of the 2nd Battle of the Philippines, aka the Liberation of the Philippines or the Philippines Campaign.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 28 of 244 of the Battle of Luzon. US troops have established a firm hold on the Luzon beachhead. 5th Air Force provides air support.

Day-By-Day listings for January 11 were last modified on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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