21 February 1944

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Japan

Tojo becomes Chief of the Japanese Army General Staff

Eastern Front

Soviet troops advance in the Lake Ilmen area

Diplomacy

The US Government requests that Eire breaks off diplomatic relations with the Axis powers. German diplomats in Ireland are one of the few sources of intelligence left to the Germans

War at Sea

Raymond Spruance is promoted to full Admiral after the success of the American campaign in the Marshall Islands.

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), 21 February 1944, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1944_02_21.html
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