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1932 — , February 27

  • CBI - China: Day 31 of 41 of the 1st Battle of Shanghai.

1933 — , February 27

  • CBI - China: Day 58 of 142 of the 1st Battle of Hebei.
  • CBI - China: Day 7 of 9 of the Battle of Rehe.

1936 — , February 27

  • Japan: Day 2 of 4 of an ambitious coup attempt in Japan. Using the Sanno Hotel in Tokyo as their marshalling ground and headquarters, socialist junior Army officers attempt to overthrow the Prime Minister and his cabinet, demanding reorganization of the government.

1937 — , February 27

  • Spain: Day 226 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.

1938 — , February 27

  • Spain: Day 591 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 236 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 21 of 124 of the Battle of Henan.

1939 — , February 27

  • Spain: Day 956 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War. British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, formally recognizes Franco's Fascist Government in Spain.
  • CBI - China: Day 601 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

1940 — , February 27

  • Finland: Day 90 of 105 of the Russo-Finnish War.
  • CBI - China: Day 966 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 105 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
    • Day 31 of 67 of the Battle of Wuyuan.

1941 — , February 27

  • ETO - UK: Day 175 of 258 of the Blitz.
  • East Africa: Day 263 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • East Africa - Eritrea: Day 23 of 56 of the Battle of Keren.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,332 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 29 of 31 of the Battle of South Henan.
  • CBI - Thailand: Day 150 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).

1942 — , February 27

  • Atlantic: Day 45 of 169 of Germany's Second "Happy Time," during which U-boats sink 609 Allied ships with little risk.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 173 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 20 of 102 of the Battle of the Demyansk Pocket, another failed attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 36 of 103 of the Battle of the Kholm Pocket. Another attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 51 of 103 of the Battle of Vyazma, Russia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 51 of 103 of the Battle of Sychevsk, Russia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 121 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula. All German attacks against Sevastopol are stopped for the winter.
  • CBI: Day 1 of 3 of the Naval Battle of the Java Sea. US 5th Air Force sends all available warplanes to attack the Japanese landing convoy but run out of daylight.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 76 of 164 of Japan's Invasion of Burma.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,697 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 66 of 99 of the 3rd Battle of Changsha.
  • PTO - Borneo: Day 74 of 107 of the Battle of Borneo.
  • PTO - Malaya: Day 9 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 82 of 152 of the 1st Battle of the Philippines. 5th Air Force provides air support.

1943 — , February 27

  • Germany: The final roundup of Berlin's remaining 10,000 Jews begins. 1,800 "privileged" Jews (males with an Aryan parent, married to a non-Jew, decorated veterans of WWI) are corralled into the Jewish welfare office on Rosenstrasse. Astonishingly, the men's German wives arrive and stage a week-long non-violent protest, eventually securing their release.
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    The Jewish Welfare Office on Rosenstrasse in Berlin,
    circa 1943, where wives of the 1,800 "privileged"
    Jews staged a week-long protest

    Scene from the 2003 film Rosenstrasse which recounts the dramatic protest. The men were eventually released on the orders of Goebbels, who was regional director of Berlin at the time. This was shortly after the final defeat of the German army at Stalingrad, at a time when Goebbels, as minister of propaganda, was working hard to keep the support of the ordinary German people, not to mention he didn't want the notion of protesting to spread any further.

    Another scene from the 2003 film Rosenstrasse. The protest was only a tiny wobble in the inexorable progress of the Holocaust, but a triumph nonetheless. The event went virtually unnoticed until the early 90's when a few documentaries were made about it.

    The other 8,200 Jews rounded up on 27 Feb 43 were sent straight to Auschwitz, the most notorious of all Nazi concentration camps, for extermination. Many had been working in armament factories in Berlin.

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  • ETO - France: US 8th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack the U-boat pens, port and naval facilities at Brest.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 538 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 18 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 299 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 9 of 25 of the 3rd Battle of Kharkov, Ukraine. The Soviets have taken Kharkov but will lose it again.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 103 of 178 of the Battle of Tunisia. The German advance in the Medjez el Bab area comes to a halt. RAF and US Air Forces provide Allied air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 69 of 104 of the 1st Battle of Arakan. US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 20 of 79 of the Allied Operation LONGCLOTH.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,062 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Alaska: Day 266 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands. US 11th Air Force bombs the Main Camp area on Kiska Island.

1944 — , February 27

  • Russian Front - North: Day 45 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 26 of 191 of the Battle of the Narva Isthmus, Estonia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 66 of 113 of the USSR's Dnieper-Carpathian Offensive in southwestern Ukraine.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 29 of 31 of the Battle of Nikopol, Ukraine.
  • MTO - Italy: Day 42 of 123 of the Battle of Monte Cassino. RAF and US Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground troops.
  • MTO - Italy: Day 37 of 136 of the Battle of Anzio. RAF and US Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground troops.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 60 of 99 of the 2nd Battle of Arakan.
  • CBI - Burma: US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,427 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • CBI - Indochina: US 14th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Marshall Islands: US 7th Air Force attack targets in the Marshalls.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 162 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 159 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 75 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain. US 13th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 119 of 295 of the Battle of the Bougainville Islands. US 13th Air Force provides air support.

1945 — , February 27

  • ETO - France: Day 211 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
  • ETO - France: Day 166 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
  • ETO: Day 39 of 66 of the Battle to the Rhine. US 9th Air Force provides air support.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 8 of 36 consecutive RAF night raids on Berlin.
  • ETO - Germany: US 8th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack targets at Halle and Leipzig. At night bomb an oil storage at Wilhelmshafen.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 166 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 136 of 206 of the Battle of the Courland Pocket in Latvia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 34 of 75 of the Battle of Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia).
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 33 of 63 of the Battle of the Heiligenbeil Pocket in East Prussia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 18 of 54 of the Battle of East Pomerania, Germany.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 15 of 83 of the German Siege of Breslau (today Wroclaw, Poland).
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 27 of 31 of the Battle of Schwedt, Germany.
  • Romania: Under Soviet pressure, the Romanian King Michael I is forced to appoint a Communist government.
  • MTO: US 15th Air Force B-24s and B-17s bomb at Augsburg in Germany and targets at Salzburg, Lienz and Jenbach in Austria.
  • MTO - Italy: RAF and US Air Forces provide air support for the Allied ground units.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 40 of 61 of the Battles of Meiktila and Mandalay. The US 10th Air Force provides air support.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 38 of 39 of the Battle of Ramree Island. The US 10th Air Force provides air support. US troops have already won the island but will need a few more days to mop up.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 24 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 2,793 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • US 14th Air Force attacks targets in China and French Indochina.
  • PTO: Day 9 of 36 of the Battle of Iwo Jima. US 7th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 428 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 312 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 131 of 299 of the 2nd Battle of the Philippines, aka the Liberation of the Philippines or the Philippines Campaign.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 75 of 244 of the Battle of Luzon. 5th Air Force provides air support.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 25 of 29 of the Battle of Manila.

Day-By-Day listings for February 27 were last modified on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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