18 Feb 1942
  • Russian forces under General Timoshenko launched a fresh offensive against the Germans on the central front; the southern front was marked by strong gains by Soviet troops in the Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Burma's Premier U Saw was detained by the British for allegedly being in communication with the Japanese. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Omar Bradley was promoted to the temporary rank of major general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After three days of confused fighting along the Bilin in Burma, Major General "Jackie" Smyth learned that he was threatened with being outflanked to the south by the Japanese 143rd Regiment. He committed his last reserves, 4/12th Frontier Force Regiment who fought a stiff action on 16th Indian Brigade's left but ultimately failed to dislodge the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Free French submarine Surcouf collided with US merchant ship Thomson Lykes 95 miles north of the Panama Canal in the Gulf of Mexico; Surcouf would sink, killing all 130 aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German bombers sank British minesweeping trawler HMT Botanic in the North Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Repair ship Akashi arrived at Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft sank Dutch coastal defense ship Surabaya and Dutch submarine K7 at Surabaya Harbor, Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Germany, Italy, and Japan signed a military convention in Berlin, Germany, laying down "guidelines for common operations against the common enemies." ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • US destroyer USS Truxton ran aground and broke apart at Ferryland Point, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland in poor weather; 119 were killed, 33 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • German submarine U-432 sank Brazilian tanker Olinda 30 kilometers off Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Feb 1942
Battleship USS Nevada entering Pearl Harborís Drydock No. 2, 18 Feb 1942. Photo 1 of 2.Battleship USS Nevada entering Pearl Harborís Drydock No. 2, 18 Feb 1942. Photo 2 of 2.Chiang Kaishek, Song Meiling, and Mohandas Gandhi, India, 18 Feb 1942, photo 1 of 4Chiang Kaishek, Song Meiling, and Mohandas Gandhi, India, 18 Feb 1942, photo 2 of 4
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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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