8 Jan 1942
  • Adolf Hitler gave Günther von Kluge the permission to fall back in the Moscow, Russia region. On the same day, the Soviet West Front attacked towards Mozhaysk, Russia west of Moscow, which was defended by troops of German 4th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-56 sank Dutch freighters Van Riebeeck and Van Rees off Cilacap, Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-19 launched her seaplane for a reconnaissance mission over Pearl Harbor, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Air Marshal John Baldwin replaced Air Marshal Sir Richard Peirse as the chief of the RAF Bomber Command. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Archibald Wavell inspected troops and defenses in central British Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-8 departed Hvalfjöršur, Iceland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Malaya
  • Japanese troops penetrated the outer lines of defense at Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, which was about 15 miles north of the capital city. Australian 8th Division began to move forward to replace the nearly-destroyed Indian 11th Division near Kuala Lumpur. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1942
Wasp off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States following overhaul, 8 Jan 1942

8 Jan 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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