12 Jan 1942
  • Tirpitz departed Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Saratoga was damaged by a torpedo from Japanese submarine I-6 about 500 miles southwest of US Territory of Hawaii; she returned to Pearl Harbor under own power. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese light cruiser Oi hosted Rear Admiral Matome Ugaki as he visited her unit. During the trip, Ugaki expressed disapproval for the use of cruisers as torpedo vessels. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops executed Dutch prisoners of war at Tarakan Island off Borneo as punishment for previous day's sabotage of oil wells. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George von Küchler replaced Wilhelm von Leeb, who resigned after Adolf Hitler refused his request to withdraw behind the Lovat River to prevent II Corps being cut off. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Japanese beheaded 5 American prisoners of war on Wake Island before transporting the remainder to Japan for imprisonment. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • South African 1st Division captured Sollum, Egypt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Walther von Reichenau suffered a stroke in Poltava, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops continued to attack the Abucay-Mauban line on Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jiang Dingwen was named the commander of the Chinese 1st War Area with headquarters in the city of Luoyang. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Romania
  • German Luftwaffe group I./KG 100, with 28 He 111 bombers, arrived at Focsani, Romania. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-7a arrived at Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British sugar and fat rations were reduced to 8 ounces per person weekly. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • US Navy Admiral Adolphus Andrews received warning that three or four German submarines were entering waters off the east coast of the United States, but he refused to institute a convoy system. Earlier on the same day, German submarine U-123 sank British ship Cyclops off Nova Scotia, Canada at 0149 hours; 87 were killed, 95 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jan 1942
Colonel General Erwin Rommel and officers at El Agheila, Libya, 12 Jan 1942

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

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