Diary October 31, 1941

US destroyer Kearny (DD-432) was also damaged by a German U-boat

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 31, 1941: Sea War Atlantic: REUBEN JAMES INCIDENT. U-boat U-552 sinks US destroyer Reuben James (part of US escort group accompanying British convoy); 95 killed. Merchant shipping losses in October 1941: 45 Allied ships… learn more

Diary October 30, 1941

Russian Marines under shell fire.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 30, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: SIEGE OF SEBASTOPOL begins with great onslaught by German 11th Army and Rumanian forces on outer defence line (October 30 – November 21). Russian Black Sea Fleet and… learn more

Diary October 29, 1941

German infantry on the Crimea

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 29, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: German forces invade Crimea. learn more

Diary October 28, 1941

German tank advance party

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 28, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: German troops reach Volokolamsk, northwest of Moscow. learn more

Diary October 27, 1941

German units on muddy roads in front of Moscow:

WW2 War Diary for Monday, October 27, 1941: Neutrals USA – Roosevelt’s Navy Day Speech: he denounces attacks on US shipping and reveals a Nazi plot in Latin America. learn more

Diary October 26, 1941

Air raid by Ju 88 bombers

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 26, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: Germans break through Perekop Isthmus into the Crimea. learn more

Diary October 25, 1941

German posters with anti-Jewish propaganda

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 25, 1941: Sea War Mediterranean: British fast cruiser-minelayer Latona sunk by Ju 87 Stukas off Bardia (night October 25-26). Politics Roosevelt and Churchill condemn recent German reprisals in France – 100 hostages shot at… learn more

Diary October 24, 1941

German troops enter Kharkov.

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 24, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: GERMAN TROOPS CAPTURE KHARKOV (East Ukraine). Stalin appoints Zhukov to command northern half of front; Timoshenko to direct operations in the south. Air War Germany: 64 RAF bombers… learn more

Diary October 23, 1941

destroyer HMS Cossack

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 23, 1941: Sea War Atlantic: Destroyer HMS Cossack torpedoed by U-boat U-563 (she founders, under tow, October 26). Occupied Territories Russia: In reprisals for assassination of Rumanian General at Odessa, 19,000 Jews are rounded… learn more

Diary October 22, 1941

burning tanker

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 22, 1941: Sea War Atlantic: British naval tanker Darkdale sunk by U-boat U-68 of St Helena. Politics Rumania: Government denounces ‘Vienna Award‘ of August 1940 and re-opens old rift with Hungary over Transylvania. Occupied… learn more

Diary October 21, 1941

Georgi K Zhukov

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 21, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: Zhukov takes command of Moscow garrison. Air War Germany: 92 RAF bombers attacking Bremen and dropping 140t of bombs. learn more

Diary October 20, 1941

Endless numbers of Russion PoW's

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 20, 1941: Sea War Mediterranean: Italian torpedo boats Aldebaran and Altair sink off Athens in minefield laid by submarine Rorqual (night October 20-21). learn more

Diary October 19, 1941

Inhabitants of Moscow erecting barriers

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 19, 1941: Home Fronts Russia: ‘State of siege’ declared in Moscow. Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: Germans capture Thgonrog (Donets Basin). Neutrals Afghanistan: All Axis nationals (200 Germans and Italians) to be expelled. learn more

Diary October 18, 1941

StuG assault gun in the mud

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 18, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: Snow, slush and deep mud hamper German drive towards Moscow. Neutrals Japan: GENERAL TOJO FORMS CABINET. Togo, Foreign Minister. Occupied Territories Russia: Rumania incorporates captured Russian territory between… learn more

Diary October 16, 1941

Barricades are prepared in streets of Moscow.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 16, 1941: Home Fronts Russia: ‘MOSCOW PANIC’. Russian Government and the Diplomatic Corps leave for Kuibyshev on the Volga (Stalin remains in the capital). Neutrals Vichy France: Petain imprisons Reynaud, Daladier, Blum, Mandel (the… learn more

Diary October 15, 1941

security police orders released convicts to kill hundred of Jews with iron rods.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 15, 1941: Occupied Territories Russia: SS mobile extermination squad, Einsatzgruppe A, reports that it has shot 125,000 Jews and 5,000 Russians. Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: Germans troops capture Kalinin, 160 km (100 miles) northwest… learn more

Diary October 14, 1941

German armoured car near Moscow

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 14, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: Germans capture Mozhaysk, west of Moscow. learn more

Diary October 13, 1941

light cruiser Koeln (Cologne)

WW2 War Diary for Monday, October 13, 1941: Sea War Baltic: Russian submarine Shch-323 attacks German light cruiser Koeln and 7 merchant ships (October 13-November 5), but sinks only one of the latter. Germans occupy Dago Island (Baltic). Air War… learn more

Diary October 12, 1941

S81 works up to her full speed of 39 kts

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 12, 1941: Sea War North Sea: German E-boats sink 2 ships in convoy off Cromer, England. learn more

Diary October 11, 1941

Inhabitants of Moscow dig anti-tank ditches.

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 11, 1941: Home Fronts Russia: Mass evacuation of women and children from Moscow; thousands of workers and students dig anti-tank ditches in outskirts. learn more