Calendar and Summary for February 1943  
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  Summary of Significant Events for February 1943  
  Vidkun Quisling formed his permanent government in Norway.  The Soviet government in Moscow announced that the Red Army had completed the destruction of 330,000 trapped German troops at Stalingrad.  The Dutch resistance assassinated retired General Hendrik A. Seyffardt prompting reprisals from the SS.  The last of the Japanese troops were evacuated from Guadalcanal.  Colonel Orde Wingate and the Chindits crossed the Chindwin River into Japanese occupied Burma.  Rostov-on-Don was liberated by the Red Army.  The first part of Operation Fruhlingswind, the German offensive in central Tunisia, began.  Despite orders from German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, Waffen SS Colonel General Paul "Papa" Hauser ordered the 2nd SS Panzer Korps to abandon Kharkov.  In a speech at the Berlin Sportpalast German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels declared a "Total War" against the Allies.  German mechanized units in Tunisia pierced the Anglo-American defenses and occupied the strategic Kasserine Pass.  The U.S. 1st Armored Division recaptured Kasserine Pass after the German forces withdrew.  70 ships (359,276 tons) were sunk and 18 ships (136,345 tons) were damaged by U-boats and mines during February 1943.  
  Events occurring in February 1943 with no specific dates  
  The Atomic Bombs  
  Groundbreaking for the X-10 plutonium pilot plant took place at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  Learn more about the American Atomic Bombs Program  

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