18 June 1942

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China

Japanese troops invade Fukien Province

War in the Air

General Spaatz appointed to command Eighth Air Force in Great Britain

Diplomacy

Churchill arrives in Washington to meet with Roosevelt

North Africa

Rommel sends an armoured column towards the Egyptian border

Pacific

Raymond Spruance becomes Nimitiz's chief-of-staff, responsible for planning much of the American campaign in the central Pacific.

Related Books

The Quiet Admiral, A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, Thomas B. Buell. This is widely considered to be the best biography of Spruance, currently available in this reissued edition. Buell nicely contrasts Spruance with Halsey, his co-commander of the combined third and fifth fleets from 1944, as well as looking at his handling of Midway, the battle that made his name.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 18 June 1942, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1942_06_18.html
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