What Happened in Feb 1942

  • Battle of Makassar Strait

    The Battle of Makassar Strait, also known as the Action of Madura Strait, the Action North of Lombok Strait and the Battle of the Flores Sea, was a... Read more

  • Battle of Sarimbun Beach

    The Battle of Sarimbun Beach was the first stage of the Japanese assault on Singapore in February 1942, during World War II. Sarimbun, in the west... Read more

  • Battle of Kranji

    The Battle of Kranji was the second stage of the Japanese plan for the invasion of Singapore during the Second World War. On 9 February 1942 the... Read more

  • Zhao Shangzhi, Commander of the Northeast Anti-Japan United Army, Captured by Japanese Military Police

    As of September 1938, the number of insurgents had dwindled to an estimated 10,000 combatants as a result of years of fighting and privation. The... Read more

  • Battle of Palembang

    The Battle of Palembang was a battle of the Pacific theatre of World War II. It occurred near Palembang, on Sumatra, on 13–15 February 1942. The... Read more

  • Alexandra Hospital Massacre

    At about 1.00pm on 14 February Japanese soldiers advanced towards the Alexandra Barracks Hospital. A British lieutenant, acting as an envoy with a... Read more

  • Singapore Falls to Japanese Occupation

    By the morning of Chinese New Year, 15 February, the Japanese had broken through the last line of defence and the Allies were running out of food... Read more

  • Battle of Badung Strait

    The Battle of Badung Strait was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the night of 19–20 February 1942 in Badung Strait... Read more

  • Japanese Forces Invade Portuguese Timor

    During the night of 19–20 February, 1,500 troops from the Imperial Japanese Army's 228th Regimental Group, 38th Division, XVI Army, under the... Read more

  • The Battle of Los Angeles

    During the night of 24/25 February 1942, unidentified objects caused a succession of alerts in southern California. On the 24th, a warning issued... Read more

  • 14th Academy Awards

    The 14th Academy Awards may be most infamous, in retrospect, as the year in which Citizen Kane (consistently regarded as one of the greatest films... Read more

  • Battle of the Java Sea

    The Battle of the Java Sea was a major naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Allied navies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hand... Read more

  • Battle of Java (1942)

    The Battle of Java (Invasion of Java, Operation J) was a battle of the Pacific theatre of World War II. It occurred on the island of Java, between... Read more

  • Battle of Sunda Strait

    The Battle of Sunda Strait was a naval battle which occurred during World War II. On the night of February 28 – March 1, 1942, the United States... Read more