Diary February 8, 1942

Albert Speer is speaking to workers.

Albert Speer is speaking to workers. In two years he was able to quadruple the German armaments and munition production, despite Allied bombing and the loss of important raw material areas.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, February 8, 1942:

Home Fronts

Germany: Todt, Minister of Armaments and Munitions, killed in air crash at Rastenburg, East Prussia; aged 50. Professor Albert Speer becomes Minister of Armaments and Munitions.

Pacific

Philippines: Bataan garrison finally annihilates remnants of 2 Japanese battalions which had landed on rugged west coast of the peninsular in late January. Casualties (killed): Japanese, 900; Americans and Filipinos, 500.
Roosevelt rejects proposal that Philippines should be declared an independent neutral state.

Southeast Asia

Malaya: Japanese land on Singapore Island (night February 8-9) and capture Tengah airfield.

Sea War

Pacific: Japanese land at Makassar (Celebes). Japanese troops occupy Gasmata, New Britain.

Air War

Pacific: Japanese bomb Surabaya (51 killed, 54 injured).

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