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1932 — , February 22

  • CBI - China: Day 26 of 41 of the 1st Battle of Shanghai.

1933 — , February 22

  • Germany: 40,000 SA and SS men are sworn in as auxiliary police.
  • CBI - China: Day 53 of 142 of the 1st Battle of Hebei.
  • CBI - China: Day 2 of 9 of the Battle of Rehe.

1937 — , February 22

  • Spain: Day 221 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.

1938 — , February 22

  • Spain: Day 586 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 231 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 16 of 124 of the Battle of Henan.

1939 — , February 22

  • Spain: Day 951 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 596 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

1940 — , February 22

  • Atlantic: The German destroyer Z3 MAX SCHULTZ hits a mine and sinks while trying to evade an air attack in the North Sea.
  • ETO - UK: Two bombs are exploded in London by the IRA, injuring 12 people. The IRA, an active paramilitary body seeking to unify the island of Ireland, shared intelligence the Abwehr, the intelligence service of the Nazis, and sought support and weapons from Germany throughout the war.
  • Finland: Day 85 of 105 of the Russo-Finnish War.
  • CBI - China: Day 961 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 100 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
    • Day 26 of 67 of the Battle of Wuyuan.

1941 — , February 22

  • ETO - UK: Day 170 of 258 of the Blitz.
  • ETO - Netherlands: 430 Jewish hostages are deported from Amsterdam after a Dutch Nazi is killed by Jews.
  • East Africa: Day 258 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • East Africa - Eritrea: Day 18 of 56 of the Battle of Keren.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,327 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 24 of 31 of the Battle of South Henan.
  • CBI - Thailand: Day 145 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).

1942 — , February 22

  • Atlantic: Day 40 of 169 of Germany's Second "Happy Time," during which U-boats sink 609 Allied ships with little risk.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 168 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 15 of 102 of the Battle of the Demyansk Pocket, another failed attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 31 of 103 of the Battle of the Kholm Pocket. Another attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 46 of 103 of the Battle of Vyazma, Russia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 46 of 103 of the Battle of Sychevsk, Russia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 116 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula. All German attacks against Sevastopol are stopped for the winter.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 71 of 164 of Japan's Invasion of Burma.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 4 of 5 of the Battle of Sittang Bridge. British troops continue to withdraw across the river Sittang.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,692 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 61 of 99 of the 3rd Battle of Changsha.
  • PTO - Borneo: Day 69 of 107 of the Battle of Borneo.
  • PTO - Dutch East Indies: The US 5th Air Force and other US troops continue preparation to evacuate from Java.
  • PTO - Malaya: Day 4 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 77 of 152 of the 1st Battle of the Philippines. 5th Air Force provides air support. President Franklin Roosevelt orders General MacArthur out of the Philippines.

1943 — , February 22

  • Germany: Convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets within the White Rose resistance group, Sophie Scholl, age 21, and her brother Hans, age 18, are executed by guillotine.
    Spotlight...

    Sophie Scholl's mug shot

    In the People's Court (Volksgerichtshof) before Judge Roland Freisler on 22 February 1943, Scholl was recorded as saying these words:

    "Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did."

    Prison officials, in later describing the scene of Sophie's execution, emphasized the courage with which she walked to her death. Her last words were:

    "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?"

    White Rose related dates...

    Related WWII Store items (German Resistance)...

  • UK: Churchill is said to be "on the mend" after a severe fever.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 533 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 13 of 51 of the USSR's Operation POLAR STAR, a failed offensive north of Leningrad, hoping to take the southern shore of Lake Ladoga, Russia.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 294 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 4 of 25 of the 3rd Battle of Kharkov, Ukraine. USSR briefly takes and holds Kharkov, but will lose it again.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 98 of 178 of the Battle of Tunisia.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 4 of 7 of the Battle of Kasserine Pass.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 64 of 104 of the 1st Battle of Arakan. US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 15 of 79 of the Allied Operation LONGCLOTH.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,057 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Alaska: Day 261 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands.

1944 — , February 22

  • ETO - Germany: Day 3 of 6 of Operation ARGUMENT, aka BIG WEEK, the US Strategic Air Forces' push to lure the Luftwaffe as heavy bombers attack key targets. 799 aircraft are dispatched against Luftwaffe airfields. 41 bombers and 11 fighters are lost.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 40 of 48 of the Battle toward the Narva River, Estonia. This drive helped lift the Leningrad siege and goes on to liberate Narva.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 21 of 191 of the Battle of the Narva Isthmus, Estonia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 61 of 113 of the USSR's Dnieper-Carpathian Offensive in southwestern Ukraine.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 24 of 31 of the Battle of Nikopol, Ukraine. The Soviets capture the mining area around Krivoi Rog.
  • MTO: US 15th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack at Petershausen and Regensburg in Germany and at Zagreb, Sibenik and Zara, Yugoslavia.
  • MTO - Italy: Day 37 of 123 of the Battle of Monte Cassino. RAF and US Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground troops.
  • MTO - Italy: Day 32 of 136 of the Battle of Anzio. RAF and US Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground troops.
  • CBI: US 14th Air Force attack targets in China and Burma.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 55 of 99 of the 2nd Battle of Arakan. With his troops beginning to starve while attacking Sinzweya, Japanese Colonel Tanahashi refuses to make further attacks until food and supplies arrive.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 18 of 19 of the Battle of the Admin Box. US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,422 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Marshall Islands: Day 7 of 8 of the Battle of Eniwetok. US 7th Air Force provides air support. US Marines have already won the battle but it will take another day to mop up the resistance.
  • PTO - Mariana Islands: Japanese suffer heavy losses as the US Navy bombards Japanese held islands in the Marianas.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 157 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 154 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 70 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain. US 13th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 114 of 295 of the Battle of the Bougainville Islands. US 13th Air Force provides air support.

1945 — , February 22

  • ETO - France: Day 206 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
  • ETO - France: Day 161 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 15 of 16 of Operation GRENADE, the US drive into Germany. US 9th Air Force provides air support.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 15 of 17 of Operation VERITABLE, the British and Canadian drive into Germany.
  • ETO: Day 34 of 66 of the Battle to the Rhine. US 9th Air Force provides air support.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 3 of 36 consecutive RAF night raids on Berlin.
  • ETO - Germany: The Allies launch a joint Operation CLARION, which consists of 10,000 air attacks on communications in central Germany conducted by the RAF and US 8th, 9th and 15th Air Forces.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 161 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 131 of 206 of the Battle of the Courland Pocket in Latvia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 29 of 75 of the Battle of Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia).
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 28 of 63 of the Battle of the Heiligenbeil Pocket in East Prussia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 13 of 54 of the Battle of East Pomerania, Germany.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 15 of 17 of the USSR's Lower Silesian Offensive (Poland).
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 10 of 83 of the German Siege of Breslau (today Wroclaw, Poland).
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 22 of 31 of the Battle of Schwedt, Germany.
  • MTO: For Operation CLARION, the US 15th Air Force bombs targets in Germany, Austria, and Italy.
  • MTO - Italy: After a heavy four-day battle, the US 5th Army takes the Upper Reno Valley in northern Italy between Bologna and Florence. RAF and US Air Forces provide air support for the Allied ground units.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 35 of 61 of the Battles of Meiktila and Mandalay. The US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 33 of 39 of the Battle of Ramree Island. The US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 19 of 99 of the Battle of Pakokku and Irrawaddy River operations in central Burma. The US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,788 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • US 14th Air Force attacks targets throughout China.
  • PTO: Day 4 of 36 of the Battle of Iwo Jima. US 7th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 423 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 307 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 126 of 299 of the 2nd Battle of the Philippines, aka the Liberation of the Philippines or the Philippines Campaign.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 70 of 244 of the Battle of Luzon. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 20 of 29 of the Battle of Manila.

Day-By-Day listings for February 22 were last modified on Thursday, February 18, 2016
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