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Diary February 28, 1942

'Foreign workers' for the construction of 'Reichswerke Hermann Göring'
‘Foreign workers’ for the construction of ‘Reichswerke Hermann Göring’ arriving in Salzgitter. Since Hitler was reluctant to employ women to a large extent, the hunt for workers from all over Europe started, at the beginning still more or less voluntarily.
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, February 28, 1942:

Home Fronts

Germany: Dr Mansfeld appointed Reich Labour Controller with overall responsibility for the exploitation of foreign workers and PoWs in the armaments industry and agriculture.
USA: Rear Admiral Kimmel and Lieutenant-General Short – US Navy and Army C-in-Cs in Hawaii on December 7, 1941 – to face court-martial for ‘dereliction of duty’, after the war.
Australia: General Bennett escapes from Singapore to Australia.

Southeast Asia

Burma: Japanese troops cut road north of Rangoon.

Sea War

Atlantic: U-boats sink 69 ships (mainly tankers) off American East Coast and in Caribbean during February.
Merchant shipping losses in February 1942: 78 Allied ships with 440,989 tons in Atlantic, 76 Allied ship with 238,743 tons elsewhere.
9 Axis ships with 34,889 tons in Mediterranean.
9 Japanese ships with 37,291 tons in Pacific.
2 U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic (worldwide total of 2 losses), 18 new U-boats operational, total 257 U-boats of all types in service.

Politics

India: Subhas Chandra Bose, renegade ex-president of Indian Congress Party, makes anti-British broadcast speech from Berlin (repeated March 11).

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