Diary September 24, 1942

Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighter-bomber

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 24, 1942: Air War Britain: FW 190 fighter-bombers raid 3 southeast England coastal towns. learn more

Diary September 24, 1917

Gotha bomber

World War One Diary for Monday, September 24, 1917: Air War Britain – 11 Navy Zeppelins dispatched: 5 wander east and north counties; only 3 civilian casualties but 5 defence fighters crash (night September 24-25); 3 of 16 Gotha bombers… learn more

Diary September 23, 1942

Kesselring with Rommel

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 23, 1942: Secret War Britain: Ultra discovers that Rommel has left North Africa on sick leave. Pacific New Guinea: Australian troops counter-attack at Ioribaiwa, north of Port Moresby. Air War USA: US 12th AAF… learn more

Diary September 23, 1917

sortie with Fokker Dr.I triplanes.

World War One Diary for Sunday, September 23, 1917: Air War Western Front: Lieutenant Werner Voss (48 victories since November 27, 1916), leader of Jasta 10 killed in action, aged 20 in Fokker triplane by Lieutenant Rhys-David (killed in action… learn more

Diary September 22, 1942

Stalingrad grain silo

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 22, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Germans take the Stalingrad grain silo after a week’s fighting. Africa Madagascar: East African Brigade and artillery break through well-defended road block at Mahitsy, a few miles west of… learn more

Diary September 22, 1917

Curtiss H12 America flying boat

World War One Diary for Saturday, September 22, 1917: Sea War North Sea – Only British air kill of a U-boat: Royal Navy Air Service H12 America flying boat (Flt sub-lt N Magor) bombs coastal submarine UB-32. Channel: Dover Patrol… learn more

Diary September 21, 1942

Indian artillery gunners Arakan mountains

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 21, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: British begin first land counter-offensive against Japanese, in the Arakan (area along Bay of Bengal coast). learn more

Diary September 21, 1917

German PoWs

World War One Diary for Friday, September 21, 1917: Western Front Ypres: British take 3,243 PaWs on September 20 and 21, repulse attacks on ‘Tower Hamlets’ ridge. Eastern Front Baltic Provinces: Russian XXVIII Corps evacuates Dvina bridgehead at Jakobstadt, held… learn more

Diary September 20, 1942

heavy anti-aircraft guns on low-loader wagons

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 20, 1942: Air War Germany: RAF bombers attacking Munich. North Africa: Tobruk raided by Allied bombers for seventh time in 8 nights. learn more

Diary September 20, 1917

soldiers attempt to identify dead at Ypres

World War One Diary for Thursday, September 20, 1917: Western Front Ypres – Battle of the Menin Road Ridge (until September 25): Third Allied attack of ‘Third Ypres’, directed by Plumer begun in mist. Main weight of attack with 11… learn more

Diary September 19, 1942

Bomber squadron of the Finnish Air Force

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 19, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: 30 Finnish bombers despatched to Lavansaari Island (Gulf of Finland); many aircraft lose their way in thick fog and crash-land. learn more

Diary September 19, 1917

British infantrymen in East Africa

World War One Diary for Wednesday, September 19, 1917: Africa East Africa: Kilwa Force action at Mihambia (until September 20) costs 145 casualties and fails to cut off over 1,100 German troops retreat behind burning grass. British advance resumes on… learn more

Diary September 18, 1942

Partisan fighting

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 18, 1942: Sea War Madagascar – Operation Jane: British brigade lands at Tamatave, on east coast. learn more

Diary September 18, 1917

Italian soldiers in the trench

World War One Diary for Tuesday, September 18, 1917: Southern Fronts Italy: Cadorna cancels 12th Isonzo offensive and starts defensive preparations, tells Allies this on September 20 who halt guns for the Italians on September 25. Trentino­: Italian battalions take… learn more

Diary September 17, 1942

Vidkun Quisling

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 17, 1942: Occupied Territories Norway: Quisling reintroduced capital punishment in Norway. Africa Madagascar: Vichy Governor-General Annet rejects British armistice terms. Home Fronts USA: Roosevelt begins 15-day nationwide inspection tour of military bases, shipyards and… learn more

Diary September 17, 1917

Women as workers in a coal mine

World War One Diary for Monday, September 17, 1917: Politics France: Churchill meets French Munitions Minister Loucheur in Paris, latter urges Allied Munitions Council. Home Fronts Britain: Bread subsidy with 9d loaf. BST ends 2am. Coalminers flat wage up 1s… learn more

Diary September 16, 1942

Assault of the Rodimtsev Division on Mamai Hill.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 16, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Rodimtsev Division recaptures Mamai Hill, but suffers appalling casualties (fighting continues on and around Hill until January 1943). Air War Britain: 3 American-volunteer ‘Eagle Squadrons’ (equipped with Spitfire fighters)… learn more

Diary September 16, 1917

'Lawrence of Arabia'

World War One Diary for Sunday, September 16, 1917: Middle East Arabia: Lawrence leads 100 Arabs against Mudauwara Station on Hejaz Railway, blows up and captures Turk train (over 180 casualties including Austrian gunners) to south on September 19 and… learn more

Diary September 15, 1942

'Wasp''s flight deck

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 15, 1942: Sea War Pacific: US carrier Wasp sunk by Japanese submarine I-19, south of Guadalcanal; new battleship North Carolina damaged by torpedo. Eastern Front Stalingrad: Rodimtsev Division ordered to ‘clear’ Germans from strategic… learn more

Diary September 15, 1917

messenger dog

World War One Diary for Saturday, September 15, 1917: Western Front Flanders: British capture strongpoint north of Inverness Copse. Portuguese repulse attack at Neuve Chapelle. Aisne: Petain adopts plan for limited attack. Eastern Front Russia: Kerensky proclaims himself C-in-C with… learn more