Events occurring on Monday, February 7, 1944  
  Estonia in WW2  
  With the Red Army nearing Estonia’s borders, the Estonian Prime Minister J. Uluots read a speech over the radio. During this speech he noted that the main presumption for the restoration of Estonian freedom was to keep the Soviets out of Estonia and in order to achieve this, he summoned Estonians to fight with the Germans. The speech was published in all Estonian newspapers. The National Committee of the Republic of Estonia, which consisted of representatives of Estonian political parties and was oriented mainly towards the Western Allies, understood the graveness of the situation but still supported the idea of Estonian soldiers fighting with the Germans as the Soviets were viewed as the bigger enemy.  
  Operation Shingle - The Allied Invasion at Anzio  
  The German attacks at Anzio intensified as the British positions at Aprilla and "The Factory" were hit hard. The British 56th and US 45th Infantry Divisions were landed at Anzio and moved to the front.  
  Operation Flintlock - The Allied Invasion of the Marshall Islands  
  The U.S. Navy released a communiqué that declared that the occupation of the Kwajalein Atoll was nearly complete. It also stated that Gugegwe, Bigej, and Ebler Islands had been captured after moderate resistance, and several additional undefended islands were occupied.  
  The escort carrier USS White Plains (CVE 66) and destroyer USS Caldwell (DD 605) were damaged in a collision while transferring people at sea, in the Marshall Islands area.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The submarine HMS Taku (N 38), commanded by Lt. Arthur J. W. Pitt, torpedoed and sank the 6,298 ton German merchant Rheinhausen about 20 nautical miles north of Stavanger, Norway in the northern Atlantic Ocean.  
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Narwhal (SS 167), commanded by Commander Frank D. Latta, landed 45 tons of cargo near Balatong Point, Negros, Philippine Islands and embarked 28 evacuees (eight women, nine children, five civilian men, and six servicemen).These people, together with the six embarked on February 5 would be transported to Darwin, Australia.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The frigate HMS Hargood (K 582) was commissioned.  
  The frigate HMS Sarawak (K 591) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Eric H. Lynes.  
  The destroyer HMCS Algonquin (R 17) was commissioned. Her first commander was A/Lt. Commander Desmond W. Piers.  
  The frigate HMCS Meon (K 269) was commissioned.  
  The destroyer escort USS Gandy (DE 764) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander W. A. Sessions.  
  February 1944 Calendar  
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