Diary December 31, 1941

victim of 'U-37'

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, December 31, 1941: Pacific Philippines: US-Filipino forces form new defence line north of Bataan Peninsula. Eastern Front Siege of Leningrad (Day 115): 52,000 people die of starvation and lack of medical treatment in December. Sea… learn more

Diary December 30, 1941

Soldiers of the Red Army move through a retaken village.

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, December 30, 1941: Eastern Front Central Front: Russian troops recapture Kaluga, southwest of Moscow. Home Fronts India: Gandhi resigns leadership of Congress Party when it decides to support British war effort. learn more

Diary December 29, 1941

Japanese tankettes Type 94

WW2 War Diary for Monday, December 29, 1941: Southeast Asia: Malaya: Japanese troops capture Ipoh and advance towards Kuantan on east coast. Air War Germany: 60 RAF bombers attacking Huels (Krefeld) and dropping 60t of bombs. learn more

Diary December 28, 1941

Dead crew member

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, December 28, 1941: Air War Pacific: JAPANESE PLANES BOMB MANILA. They refute ‘arbitrary and unilateral’ US announcement declaring Philippine capital a ‘open city’. Germany: 132 RAF bombers attacking Duesseldorf and dropping 126t of bombs. learn more

Diary December 27, 1941

Commandos leaving Lofoten islands

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, December 27, 1941: Sea War Norwegian Sea – Operation Archery: British naval forces and commandos again attack Lofoten Islands, cruiser Kenya damaged by German shore battery. learn more

Diray December 25, 1941

Japanese victory parade Hong Kong

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, December 25, 1941: China FALL OF HONG KONG. North Africa BRITISH 8TH ARMY CAPTURES BENGHAZI. Eastern Front Guderian dismissed by Hitler for refusing to obey ‘Halt Order’. learn more

Diary December 25, 1916

Sopwith Pup

World War One Diary for (day), (Datum): Air War Western Front: First RFC Sopwith Pup Squadron (No 54) arrives in France, now 38 active squadrons with 700 aircraft against 33 German Jagdstaf­feln (establishment 14 planes each). No day flying possible.… learn more

Diary December 24, 1941

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, December 24, 1941: Pacific Philippines: Japanese land on Jolo Island (occupied December 25). Neutrals Vichy France: Free French Forces land on tiny island colonies of St Pierre and Miquelon, off Newfoundland. learn more

Diary December 23, 1941

US soldiers Philippines

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, December 23, 1941: Pacific Philippines: US-Filipino forces begin withdrawal into Bataan Peninsula. Manila declared a ‘open city’. learn more

Diary December 22, 1941

Japanese light tanks with infantry are advancing towards Manila

WW2 War Diary for Monday, December 22, 1941: Pacific Philippines: Japanese land in Lingayen Gulf and Lamon Bay and advance towards Manila from north and south. Politics FIRST WASHINGTON CONFERENCE: Churchill, Beaverbrook and chiefs of three military services meet their… learn more

Diary December 21, 1941

Siberian troops embarking the torpedo cruiser Tashkent

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, December 21, 1941: Sea War Black Sea: Russian warships transport 10,000 reinforcements to Sebastopol and shell German positions (December 21-27). Atlantic: Escort carrier HMS Audacity sunk by U-boat U-751 (night December 21-22). learn more

Diary December 21, 1916

German trench newspaper

World War One Diary for Thursday, December 21, 1916: Eastern Front Western Russia: Fighting south of Dvinsk. Dobruja: Sakharov drives Bulgars into Lake Babadagh south of Tulcea. Middle East Sinai: Anzac Mounted Division occupies El Arish (1,600 Turks evacuated to… learn more