Russian supply convoy negotiates the "ice road" across Lake Ladoga, bring precious supplies to Leningrad
- Project 60: A Day-by-Day Diary of WWII -
Remembering the First Fight Against Fascism
Starving and unable to withstand the cold, another Leningrader falls dead on the street
January 27, 1942
Rommel, his forces
dispersed in the advance, launches a feint against Mechili, threatening to
encircle the Commonwealth forces at Benghazi. The British panic and order the
hurried evacuation of the port.
Japanese troops land
at Pemangkat in Dutch Borneo and Russel Island in New Guinea.
The US Navy submarine
Seawolf arrives at Bataan with its feeble supply of ammunition. All of
the surviving pilots are evacuated when the submarine left that night.
January 28, 1942
Rommel’s forces reoccupy Bengazi and capture a huge quantity of supplies that the British were unable to withdraw or destroy.
January 29, 1942
“survives” a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons by a the margin
of 464 to 1.
Command, deviating from their nightly terror bombing of German cities, launches
a 16-plane raid against the German battleship Tirpitz in Norway. Only two
planes reach the target area and no damage was reported to the Tirpitz.
US and Filipino
forces destroy the Japanese beachhead at Point Longoskayan.
January 30, 1942
In celebrations of his ninth anniversary of seizing power in Germany, Hitler, in a capacity crowd at the Sports Palace in Berlin said, “… the result of this war will be the complete annihilation of the Jews.”
capture the naval base of Amboina between the Celebes and New Guinea.
January 31, 1942
In their first
offensive action of the war, US Navy carriers launch airraids against Japanese
bases at Kwajalein, Wotje and Maloelap in the Marshall Islands. The carrier Enterprise
was damaged by a Japanese torpedo bomber.
Japanese forces drive
the British defenders off the mainland of Malaya and lay siege to Singapore.
Leningrad reported that as of 1/31/42, 200,000 civilians had died of starvation
and exposure since the start of the siege five months ago. However, some relief
was finally coming to the city as the “Ice Road” across Lake Ladoga was
finally bringing in badly needed supplies and evacuating those not critical to
the defense of the city.
The Australians defending Dutch Timor surrendered to the Japanese. In the next week over half of the captives would be beheaded or bayoneted after capture.
February 1, 1942
continue to retreat in North Africa, moving toward the Gazala-Bir Hacheim area
(west of Tobruk).
Zhukov is promoted to
command all Soviet Fronts (army groups) in the Moscow area. His command includes
West, Kalinn and Bryansk Fronts.
The Soviets launch a
major offensive in the Vyazma area.
February 2, 1942
Heavy fighting is reported in the Crimea as Russian forces retake Feodosiya.
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“war against terrorism” began, many knowledgeable people warned that
our operations in Afghanistan would turn into another Vietnam. In the
flush of “victory”, much of the gloomy projections have been
relegated to the trash heap.
there are still some interesting comparisons that can be made.
In the early
days of Vietnam, the United States inserted teams of Special Forces, to
assist in establishing good relations with the locals by helping with
village defense, health, and education programs. These operations were
highly successful in combating the influence of the Viet Cong. In the
Afghan war, a similar, and, like its predecessor, highly successful
program is well underway.
we are currently destroying any good will we have with the locals by
blowing stuff up. The old saying “we had to destroy the village in
order to save it” is alive and well and making a comeback in
Afghanistan. However, we have progressed a long way in 35 years. In
Vietnam, we would send an infantry platoon with Zippos into a village
and burn it down. In Afghanistan, the mud doesn’t burn, so we use
precision-guided ordnance to turn peoples homes into craters. The
downside of this “improved” system, is that by the time we get
around to blowing up a house, a wedding party moves in and we blow up a
few score party-goers like we did at Qalaye Niazi.
biggest similarity between the two wars is the Pentagon briefings. The
goals and objectives are different but the level of lies and deceits
have not changed one bit. In Vietnam, the goal was to show progress by
inflating “body counts”. In our new, more compassionate world, we
measure progress by how many buildings we blow up in a sterile and
non-violent manner, with “minimal collateral damage”.
In Vietnam villages were called Viet Cong strongholds and in
Afghanistan they are called Al Qaeda compounds. In reality, these are
places which were filled with people, who wanted nothing more to try to scratch out
a life for themselves before we came and destroyed everything in their
The one area
that is glaringly different is how the US press is conducting operations in
the two wars. In Vietnam, the horrors and violence of war were brought
home. We saw that people, our soldiers, their soldiers, innocent people,
were horribly maimed and killed in war. Since Desert Storm, war for our
citizens has been converted into some sort of sick bloodless video game.
Our press today call sitting in a pentagon briefing journalism and don’t bother
to fact check the lies they are fed by the Administration. The India
Times has better, more accurate and more complete war coverage than the
New York Times. This is a sad and pathetic commentary on the health of
our Fourth Estate.
one of the reasons we got involved in the first place was to prop up a
corrupt and inept government, which we installed. In Afghanistan, we
have installed a government, but it remains to be seen just how corrupt
and inept it will be. Early signs, despite what is reported in the US
media, are not particularly encouraging.
the primary reason for our presence was to stop Communism. In
Afghanistan, we have traded the bogyman of Communism for terrorism. Both
were and are vile and, if you will, evil. However, neither will be
defeated by military intervention. Economic stability, justice and
self-determination are the keys to defeating both of those enemies.
Vietnam and Afghanistan, the more compelling, and less acknowledged,
reason for intervention appears to be US business interests. In the
60’s it was rubber and oil. Now it’s just oil and not even really
oil, just a place to put a pipeline that the Ruskies don’t control.
We seem to have an annoying habit of trading red blood for black gold.
Want to Win - Think Before You Lash Out - "If we are serious about taking the war to the enemy, it is time to look ..."
The First Fight Against Fascism - We must remember the Spanish Civil War also.
Arguing Victory - "... Each nation who fought against fascist tyranny in WWII brought with it part of whole needed to defeat that evil..."
War, Glory, Honor and Remembrance - "War is a brutal and savage insult on human society..."
First Casualty... in time of war, those in power are even more inclined to hide the truth,
since that truth is often manifest in the most gruesome and terrible