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

Diary March 20, 1940

Dr Todt

Diary for Wednesday, March 20, 1940: Home Front France: Prime Minister DALADIER RESIGNS, following severe criticism of his Finland policy. Germany: Dr. Todt appointed Minister of Armaments and War Supplies. Sea War German aircraft attack convoy (4 ships damaged). Goebbels… learn more

Diary March 19, 1940

RAF Wellington bombers

Diary for Tuesday, March 19, 1940: Air War 50 RAF bombers (1 lost) attack Sylt seaplane base, northwest Germany (night March 19-20) in reprisal for Scapa Flow raid of March 16; little damage caused. Home Fronts Britain: Chamberlain makes a… learn more

Diary March 18, 1940

Hitler and Mussolini at the Munich Conference

Diary for Monday, March 18, 1940: Politics Mussolini meets Hitler at Brenner in Austro-Italian Alps (their first meeting since Munich, 1938). Mussolini declares readiness to join war against Britain and France ‘at the decisive hour’. learn more

Diary March 17, 1940

U-Boat has stopped a Allied cargo ship

Diary for Sunday, March 17, 1940: Sea War Atlantic: Shipping losses for week ending March 17 are 3 British, 1 French, 4 neutral, 3 German. learn more

Diary March 16, 1940

fully glazed nose section view of a He 111

Diary for Saturday, March 16, 1940: Air War German air raid on Scapa Flow by 32 bombers (2 lost). Cruiser Norfolk damaged; 7 naval and 8 civilian casualties, including James Isbister, first British civilian killed by enemy air action in… learn more

Diary March 15, 1940

Armstrong Whitworth AW38 Whitley bomber

Diary for Friday, March 15, 1940: Air War RAF aircraft drop leaflets over Warsaw (night March 15-16). A Whitley, low on fuel, lands by mistake in a field in West Germany and crew converse with inhabitants. They take off again… learn more

Diary March 14, 1940

evacuated Finnish property

Diary for Thursday, March 14, 1940: Finland Winter War: Evacuation of 470,000 people from lost territories commences (completed March 26). learn more

Diary March 13, 1940

Field Marshal Mannerheim

Diary for Wednesday, March 13, 1940: Finland Winter War: Cease-fire on all fronts at 11 a.m. Field Marshal Mannerheim’s last Order of the Day to Finnish Army: ‘A severe peace has been concluded which cedes to Russia nearly all the… learn more