Diary March 31, 1940

children filling sandbags

Diary for Sunday, March 31, 1940: Home Fronts Britain: A large proportion of people evacuated from cities in September 1939 have now drifted back home; only 300,000 schoolchildren, out of original one million, remaining in country reception areas. Sea War… learn more

Diary March 30, 1940

With bulbs to victory

Diary for Saturday, March 30, 1940: Home Fronts Britain: Sir John Gilmour, Minister of Shipping, dies aged 63. learn more

Diary March 29, 1940

bomber Bloch 174

Diary for Friday, March 29, 1940: Air War Capitan Antoine de Saint-Exupery flies first recce sortie over West Germany in the Bloch 174 (max. speed 530 km/hour). Air Marshal Portal appointed AOC, RAF Bomber Command. Sea War Atlantic: French cruiser… learn more

Diary March 28, 1940

Hotchkiss H-35

Diary for Thursday, March 28, 1940: Sea War Pacific: Russian cargo ships Selenga and Vladimir Mayakovski (carrying metallic ores to Vladivostok for trans-shipment to Germany) ordered to Hong Kong by British warships. Politics Sixth meeting of Allied Supreme War Council,… learn more

Diary March 27, 1940

shot down He 111 in France

Diary for Wednesday, Mach 27, 1940: Western Front Phoney War continues: French and German artillery exchange fire in Saar and Vosges sectors. learn more

Diary March 26, 1940

Pipers Highland division

Diary for Tuesday, March 26, 1940: Western Front British 51st (Highland) Division takes over section of French front in Saar region. Home Fronts Canada: General Election. Liberals win 178 seats, Conservatives 39, others (inc. Social Credit) 28. New Zealand: Michael… learn more

Diary March 25, 1940

only survivor of a downed German long-range reconnaissance plane

Diary for Monday, March 25, 1940: Home Fronts Germany: British PoWs forbidden by British Government to broadcast for the enemy. learn more

Diary March 24, 1940

German soldier at the Western Front

Diary for Sunday, March 24, 1940: Western Front French and German patrols active at various points. learn more

Diary March 23, 1940

Tank obstacles German-Belgian border

Diary for Saturday, March 23, 1940: Sea War British Malaya Force formed to shadow 17 German merchant ships trapped in Dutch East Indies ports. learn more

Diary March 22, 1940

Handley Page Hampden I bomber

Diary for Friday, March 22, 1940: Air War RAF bombers on recce/leaflet dropping operations over the Ruhr and northwest Germany have first encounters with German night fighters. Hampden slightly damaged by Me 110. learn more

Diary March 22, 1945

US troops crossing the Rhine

Diary for Thursday, March 22, 1945: Western Front US 3rd Army crosses the Rhine, west of Mainz. Russian Front In Silesia, Konev‘s forces break through west and south of Oppeln. Neutrals Spain: Don Juan, the Preten­der, demands resignation of Franco… learn more

Diary March 21, 1940

French soldiers building anti-tank ditch

Diary for Thursday, March 21, 1940: Home Fronts France: PAUL REYNAUD FORMS NEW GOVERNMENT. Daladier appointed Minister of War. Sea War First German merchant ship (Heddernheim) sunk by British submarine (Ursula) in WW2, off Danish coast. learn more