CBI - China: Day 327 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 112 of 124 of the Battle of Henan.
1939 — , May 29
CBI - China: Day 692 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
CBI - Mongolia: Day 19 of 129 of the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, a border dispute between the Soviet Union and Japan.
1940 — , May 29
Atlantic: German E-boat S-30 sinks the British destroyer HMS WAKEFUL 13 miles north of Nieuwpoort, Belgium, killing 97 crewmen and 640 solders rescued from Dunkirk.
Atlantic: German sub U-62 severely damages the HMS GRAFTON which is scuttled by the HMS IVANHOE after rescuing the survivors.
Atlantic: The Luftwaffe sinks 15 vessels in the Channel near Dunkirk. The RAF downs 38 Luftwaffe planes.
Atlantic: German sub U-37 sinks the French steamer MARIE JOSE and British oil tanker TELENA off Cape Finisterre, Spain.
ETO - Norway: Day 51 of 63 of the Battle of Norway.
ETO - France: Day 20 of 44 of the Battle of France. German troops capture Lille, Ostend and Ypres in Flanders. 200 tons of gold from the French reserve is put aboard the French auxiliary cruiser VILLE D'ORAN to be sent to Casablanca, French Morocco. Day 3 of 9 of Britain's Operation DYNAMO, the evacuation of Dunkirk. Another 47,310 troops are evacuated to England.
CBI - China: Day 1,058 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 197 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
Day 29 of 49 of the Battle of Yichang.
1941 — , May 29
Atlantic: US Navy extends its boundaries of Neutrality Patrol in the North and South Atlantic. Also, a joint US Army-Navy plan is drafted to occupy the Portuguese Azores islands with 14,000 Marines and 14,000 Army troops.
Atlantic: German sub U-557 sinks the British ship EMPIER STORM in the North Atlantic.
Atlantic: German sub U-38 sinks the British ship TABARISTAN 250 miles off Sierra Leone, British West Africa.
Germany: The German Navy begins executing their plans for the invasion of the Soviet Union.
MTO - Greece: Day 10 of 13 of the Battle of Crete. The British evacuation continues under heavy air attacks. The British destroyers HMS IMPERIAL and HMS HEREWARD are sunk.
MTO - Libya: Day 50 of 256 of the Siege of Tobruk.
Middle East: Day 28 of 30 of the Anglo-Iraqi War in Iraq.
East Africa: Day 354 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
CBI - China: Day 1,423 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
1942 — , May 29
Atlantic: Day 136 of 169 of Germany's Second "Happy Time," during which U-boats sink 609 Allied ships with little risk.
Russian Front - North: Day 264 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 25 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket.
Russian Front - Center: Day 1 of 31 of Operation KREMLIN, a German diversion to trick the Soviets into thinking Moscow is their main objective instead of Stalingrad and the Caucasus.
Russian Front - South: The Soviet pocket south of Kharkov is eliminated as the Germans capture 214,000 Russians along with 1,200 tanks and 2,000 guns destroyed.
Russian Front - South: Day 212 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula.
MTO - Libya: Day 4 of 27 of the Battle of Gazala. An Axis supply convoy gets through the British minefield and reaches the Axis troops south of Tobruk.
East Africa: Day 25 of 186 of the Battle of Madagascar.
CBI - China: Day 1,788 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 15 of 124 of Japan's Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign, launched to punish anyone suspected of aiding the Doolittle raiders in China. Roughly 250,000 Chinese will be killed.
Chinese troops are defeated by Japanese troops at Kinhwa in Chekiang province south of Shanghai.
PTO - Malaya: Day 100 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island.
1943 — , May 29
USA: The cover of The Saturday Evening Post features Norman Rockwell's illustration of "Rosie the Riveter" taking her lunch break with a rivet gun on her lap.
Cover of the Saturday Evening Post, May 29, 1943
Norman Rockwell's illustration features a brawny woman taking her lunch break with a rivet gun on her lap and beneath her Penny loafer a copy of Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf. Her lunch pail reads "Rosie" which viewers quickly recognized to be "Rosie the Riveter" from a very familiar, popular song of the day.
Cover of the published music to the 1942 song
The term "Rosie the Riveter" was first used in 1942 in a song of the same name written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The song was recorded by numerous artists, including the popular big band leader Kay Kyser, and became a national hit. The song portrays "Rosie" as a tireless assembly line worker, doing her part to help the American war effort.
♪ All the day long, ♪ Whether rain or shine, ♪ She's part of the assembly line. ♪ She's making history, ♪ Working for victory, ♪ Rosie the Riveter.
The "We Can Do It!" poster from 1942
Contrary to popular belief, this poster was seen very little during the war. It was produced in 1942 by J Howard Miller for Westinghouse Electric as an inspirational image to boost worker morale.
It was displayed for two short weeks in February of 1943 to Westinghouse factory workers and then it disappeared for nearly four decades until it was rediscovered in the early 1980s and widely reproduced in many forms. Only then was it ever called "Rosie the Riveter."
Other "Rosie" images prevailed during the war, but were most often photographs of actual workers.
ETO - France: US 8th Air Force B-17s bomb the submarine pens and locks at Saint-Nazaire and the naval depot at Rennes. B-24s attack the U-boat yards at La Pallice.
ETO - Germany: The RAF bombs Wuppertal, destroying half the town and killing 2,450 civilians.
Russian Front - North: Day 629 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 390 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket.
MTO - Italy: Day 8 of 20 of the naval and aerial bombardment of Pantelleria Island.
MTO - Italy: US 12th Air Force RAF Wellingtons night bomb targets in Sicily. During the day US planes bomb targets in Italy, Sardinia, and on Pantelleria.
CBI - China: Day 2,153 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 18 of 23 of the Battle of West Hubei. US 14th Air Force provides air support.
PTO: Day 3 of 47 adrift in a raft for the survivors of B-24 GREEN HORNET that crashed 850 miles from Hawaii.
PTO - Alaska: Day 357 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands. Day 19 of 20 of the Battle of Attu. The US continues mopping up, but the stubborn Japanese won't surrender. Elsewhere, US troops land on Shemya Island. US 11th Air Force provides air support.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 38 of 148 of the 2nd Battle of Lae-Salamaua. US 5th and 13th Air Forces provide air support.
1944 — , May 29
Atlantic: The escort carrier USS BLOCK ISLAND is sunk by German sub U-549 while on anti-submarine patrol near the Azores. This is the first and only US Navy Aircraft Carrier to be lost in the Atlantic Ocean.
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