Diary February 28, 1941

Devastation in London

Diary for Friday, February 28, 1941: Air War The Blitz in February 1941: 789 dead and 1,068 seriously wounded British civilian casualties. Blenheim bombers and single-engined Wellesleys bomb Asmara (Eritrea). Neutrals Spain: Death of ex-King Alfonso XIII in Rome, aged… learn more

Diary February 27, 1941

sinking of the Italian merchant raider 'Ramb I

Diary for Thursday, February 27, 1941: Sea War Italian armed merchant raider Ramb I (3,700 t.) catches fire and blows up during engagement with RNZN cruiser Leander off the Maldives. Politics Italy sends Spain bill for 7,500 Millions lire for… learn more

Diary February 26, 1941

Me 109 on Sicilian airfield

Diary for Wednesday, February 26, 1941: Air War 60 German bombers and Ju 87 Stukas (7 lost) with fighter escort, raid airfields on Malta, destroying or damaging 13 Wellington bombers and 3 Hawker Hurricane fighters. learn more

Diary February 25, 1941

German MTB

Diary for Tuesday, February 25, 1941: Sea War Italian fast cruiser Armando Diaz sunk by British sub Upright in Mediterranean. Escort destroyer Exmoor sunk by German E-boat off Lowestoft. East Africa Nigerian troops under British command occupy Mogadishu, capital of… learn more

Diary February 24, 1941

Night skirmish in the desert

Diary for Monday, February 24, 1941: North Africa First skirmish between British and Afrika Korps patrols on coast road west of El Agheila. Vichy France Admiral Darlan forms Cabinet. Air War RAF raid on Brest. Avro Manchester two-engined bombers participate… learn more

Diary February 23, 1941

The Duce is speaking

Diary for Sunday, February 23, 1941: Home Fronts Italy: Mussolini speaks at Fascist rally in Adriano Theatre, Rome: ‘We shall fight to the last drop of our blood.’ He attempts to minimize disastrous Italian campaigns in Greece and North Africa.… learn more

Diary February 22, 1941

battlecruiser Gneisenau is firing her guns

Diary for Saturday, February 22, 1941: Sea War Atlantic: German battle cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst scatter convoy east of Newfoundland and sink 5 ships. Air War Ju 87 Stukas cripple British monitor Terror in Benghazi harbour (she sinks, in tow,… learn more

Diary February 21, 1941

Day off of German soldiers

Diary for Friday, February 21, 1941: Home Fronts Canada: Sir Frederick Banting, discoverer of insulin treatment for diabetics and Nobel Prize winner, killed in air crash whilst flying to England; aged 49. Italy: 50 per cent cut in rations of… learn more

Diary February 20, 1941

South African troops crossing the river Juba

Diary for Thursday, February 20, 1941: East Africa South Africans cross river Juba in Italian-Somaliland. learn more

Diary February 19, 1941

Loading SC-250 bombs on the external racks of an He 111

Diary for Wednesday, February 19, 1941: Air War Britain: First of 3 consecutive night raids on Swansea. learn more

Diary February 18, 1941

Swiss Me 109 fighters

Diary for Tuesday, February 18, 1941: Politics Amicable settlement of Anglo-Swiss dispute over British bombing raids on Basle and Zürich in December, 1940. learn more

Diary February 17, 1941

View over the rooftops in the winter of 1940-41 on the outskirts of Kristiansand

Diary for Monday, February 17, 1941: Politics Japan offers its services as mediator to end all current wars and blames Britain and USA for prolongation of European War. learn more