Today in WW II: 18 Feb 1938 Bombing of China's wartime capital Chongqing begins; Japanese aircraft conducted 268 air raids against Chongqing, focused on the city's civilian population [18 Feb 1938 - 23 Aug 1943].  More 
18 Feb 1943 German Propaganda Minister Joseph Göbbels declares 'Total War' against the Allies, in a Berlin speech.
18 Feb 1943 Six key members of the White Rose anti-Nazi movement [students and professor from University of Munich] arrested in Germany.
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German Schwimmwagen Amphibious Vehicle

Schwimmwagen was mainly used by the Waffen SS in the roadless wastelands of Russia.

Volkswagen Type 166 Waffen SS Schwimmwagen. Pictured unit built in 1944 as marked on Volkswagen factory data plate (last year of production). Photo: Courtesy Leon DeSpain
Volkswagen Type 166 Waffen SS Schwimmwagen. Pictured unit built in 1944 as marked on Volkswagen factory data plate (last year of production). Photo: Courtesy Leon DeSpain.

Hawaii-American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 34th Division, move up in the battle for Leghorn, Castellina Sector, Italy using a captured German Schwimmwagen, 12 July 1944
Hawaii-American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 34th Division, move up in the battle for Leghorn, Castellina Sector, Italy using a captured German Schwimmwagen, 12 July 1944.