This day in World War II ~ February 21, 1944 ~ Hideki Tojo, prime minister of Japan, took over as army chief of staff giving himself direct control of the Japanese military. His goverment collapsed when Saipan fell to the U.S. Marines and Army on June 22, 1944. Tojo was convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal and was hanged on December 22, 1948.
Three of the U.S. Navy Destroyer Squadron 21's ships underway steaming in column, while en route to Guadalcanal and Tulagi on 15 August 1943, following the Vella Lavella landings. The ships are (from front to rear): USS O'Bannon (DD-450), USS Chevalier (DD-451) and USS Taylor (DD-468). Photographed from USS Nicholas (DD-449).
Arrival of Kindertransport in England Any such program in the US? No such program was ever implemented in the United States. US Quakers tried to organize a similar campaign in the US, but were blocked by the anti-Semitic feelings of many in the United States, anti-immigrant sentiment and also indifference. US Quaker representatives met with Nazi officials in 1938 to help Jews get out of Germany.
Description of April 1945: White markers designate the final resting place for hundreds of Third and Fourth Marine Division fighters, who died during the invasion of Iwo Jima in World War II, in this cemetery located near the beach where the U.S. Marines first established a beachhead. In the background, an American flag flies at half staff in tribute to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died in Warm Springs, Ga., on April 12. (AP Photo/Murray Befeler)