28 Jan 1943
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Osaka, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Germany finally mobilized her work force for total war, requiring registration of men aged 16 to 65 and women aged 17 to 50. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Filipp Golikov was awarded the Order of Suvorov. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vasily Chuikov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the first time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hubert Lanz was promoted to the rank of General der Gebirgstruppe and was made the commanding officer of Armeeabteilung Lanz army detachment. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Wahoo sighted Fais Island, Caroline Islands; she attempted to shell the Japanese phosphate refinery, but the appearance of a Japanese freighter forced her to abandon the attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • As the German forces in Stalingrad, Russia were now divided into three pockets by Soviet attacks, Hermann Göring messaged Friedrich Paulus, noting that Paulus' stubborn defense, even if it led to self sacrifice, would go down in German history as one of the most heroic tales. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Georgy Zhukov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the first time; this was the very first Order of Suvorov given out by the Soviet Union. 22 more Suvorov 1st Class medals were given out on this date after Zhukov's award. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The US Army announced a plan to form a special Nisei combat team from Americans of Japanese parentage. Within days they receive over 10,000 volunteers for only 2,500 places. ww2dbase [AC]

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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