27 Jan 1944
  • The 872-day siege of Leningrad, Russia was relieved by Soviet forces after suffering 200,000 military and 1,200,000 civilian deaths. The German 18.Armee in the region was withdrawn to the Luga River. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • 1st Ukrainian Front launches an attack towards Luzk and Rovno, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Orde Wingate and William Slim met at Comilla; Slim told Wingate that he could no longer provide any battalions for Wingate's second Chindit operation. Angrily, Wingate wrote a letter to Louis Mountbatten, criticizing Slim and asked to be relieved of duty since he could not perform his duties alongside of Slim; Slim was provided a carbon copy of the letter. Instead, via George Giffard, Mounbatten said he would find Wingate troops from the 81st West African Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Richard O'Connor was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 515 Lancaster and 15 Mosquito aircraft of the RAF attacked Berlin, Germany; 33 Lancaster bombers were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • To the west, Allied Major General John Lucas by now commanded 70,000 men, 237 tanks, 508 heavy guns, and 27,000 tons of supplies at Anzio, Italy, but he decided to still maintain a defensive posture. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Germans launched a counter attack against French troops near Cassino, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 150 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Jan 1944
African-American US Army WAC Master Sergeant Helen Starr bowling at Fort McClellan, Alabama, United States, 27 Jan 1944Battleship Indiana en route to attack Taroa Island airfield, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands, 27 Jan 1944; photo 1 of 2Battleship Indiana en route to attack Taroa Island airfield, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands, 27 Jan 1944; photo 2 of 2Battleship Indiana underway at sea, circa late Jan 1944; cropped from US Navy Naval Historical Center photograph NH 52662 to emphasize the camouflage scheme

27 Jan 1944 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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