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*** 1942 ***

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January 8, 1942


The Alexandria, Louisiana Lee St. Riots occur.

February 15, 1942

Signapore falls to the Japanese on "Black Sunday".


Poster from World War II produced by the United States Information Service. SINGAPORE LOST BECAUSE OF NOT ENOUGH  (National Archives)
Poster from World War II produced by the United States Information Service. SINGAPORE LOST BECAUSE OF NOT ENOUGH

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February 19, 1942




Poston, Arizona. Arrival of Japanese Americans, evacuated from west coast defense areas at this War Relocation Authority center.  (National Archive)
Poston, Arizona. Arrival of Japanese Americans, evacuated from west coast defense areas at this War Relocation Authority center.


Executive Order 9066 signed by President Roosevelt placed Japanese-Americans in Internment Camps.



Topaz, Utah. A warm sunny afternoon at the Topaz Relocation Center finds footballs in the air everywhere as young Americans of Japanese ancestry practice their favorite outdoor game. War Relocation Authority.  (National Archives)
Topaz, Utah. A warm sunny afternoon at the Topaz Relocation Center finds footballs in the air everywhere as young Americans of Japanese ancestry practice their favorite outdoor game. War Relocation Authority.

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April 18, 1942


Video of Doolittle bombers taking off from carrier USS Hornet

U.S. B-25s under Lieutenant-Colonel Doolittle drop bombs on Japan.

Doolittle Raid on Japan, April 1942 An Army Air Force B-25B bomber takes off from USS Hornet (CV-8) at the start of the raid, 18 April 1942. Be sure to look at the observers in the upper right of the photo.
Doolittle Raid on Japan, April 1942 An Army Air Force B-25B bomber takes off from USS Hornet (CV-8) at the start of the raid, 18 April 1942. Be sure to look at the observers in the upper right of the photo.

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May 5, 1942

U.S. forces in the Philippines surrender to Japan.


This picture, captured from the Japanese, shows American prisoners using improvised litters to carry those of their comrades who, from the lack of food or water on the march from Bataan, fell along the road. 05/1942 (National Archives)
This picture, captured from the Japanese, shows American prisoners using improvised litters to carry those of their comrades who, from the lack of food or water on the march from Bataan, fell along the road. 05/1942

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May 5, 1942

Battle of Coral Sea - First carrier battle took place. A U.S. win.


Battle of Coral Sea, May 1942, Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho is torpedoed, during attacks by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of 7 May 1942.
Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho is torpedoed, during attacks by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late
morning of 7 May 1942.


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May 15, 1942

British forces abandon Burma to the Japanese.

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June 4, 1942

Battle of Midway ends with a Japanese defeat.

Battle of Midway, June 1942 - Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu maneuvering during a high-level bombing attack by USAAF B-17 bombers, shortly after 8AM, 4 June 1942.
Battle of Midway, June 1942 - Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu maneuvering during a high-level bombing attack by USAAF B-17 bombers, shortly after 8AM, 4 June 1942.

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June 28, 1942

Germans begin their summer offensive towards Stalingrad.

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July 1, 1942

1st Battle of El Alamein.

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August 7, 1942


Interview with Veterans of World War II discussing Guadalcanal and other battles in World War II

First U.S. troops land on Guadalcanal.

Guadalcanal Campaign, August 1942 to February 1943, U.S. Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal, circa August-December 1942.
Guadalcanal Campaign, August 1942 to February 1943, U.S. Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal, circa August-December 1942.

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August 9, 1942

Battle of Savo Island - Japanese win naval battle off of Guadalcanal.

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October 26, 1942

Battle of Santa Cruz Islands - U.S. loses carrier Hornet.

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November 27, 1942


The ships of the French fleet are scuttled in Toulon harbor.

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November 13, 1942


Naval Battle of Guadalcanal - U.S. fight off attempt to relieve Guadalcanal.



Poster produced by the War Production Board dated ca.1942-ca.1943. FROM GUADALCANAL TO TRIPOLI WE'LL GIVE THEM PLANES FOR VICTORY.  (National Archives)
Poster produced by the War Production Board dated ca.1942-ca.1943. FROM GUADALCANAL TO TRIPOLI WE'LL GIVE THEM PLANES FOR VICTORY. (National Archives)

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November 28, 1942


World at War video about the Battle of Stalingrad

German 1942 offensive against Stalingrad grinds to a halt short of its objectives.

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December 12, 1942

North Africa: British forces under Montgomery push Germans out of El Egheila.

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