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

Diary December 20, 1941

Transport of donations of winter clothing

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, December 20, 1941: Home Fronts Germany: Goebbels appeals for donations of clothing for troops fighting in deep snow and sub-zero temperatures on Eastern Front. Eastern Front Hitler orders Wehrmacht to copy Stalin’s ‘scorched earth’ tactics. learn more

Diary December 19, 1941

Brauchitsch and Hitler

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, December 19, 1941: Home Fronts Germany: Hitler dismisses Army C-in-C, von Brauchitsch, and takes personal command of military operations. Southeast Asia Malaya: British evacuate Penang Island and Georgetown harbour. Pacific Philippines: Japanese land at Davao… learn more

Diary December 18, 1941

HMS Queen Elizabeth in Alexandria harbour

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, December 18, 1941: Sea War Mediterranean – severe British naval losses (night December 18-19): ‘Force K‘ runs into minefield off Tripoli – cruiser Neptune and destroyer Kandahar sink (1 survivor on Neptune); 2 other cruisers… learn more

Diary December 17, 1941

Where the German soldier stands is Germany

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, December 17, 1941: Eastern Front Siege of Sebastopol: second German-Rumanian attack (December 17-31) forces garrison back to final lines of defences 8 km north of city. HITLER ISSUES ‘HALT ORDER’: all German troops on Eastern… learn more

Diary December 15, 1941

Guard in front of the Kremlin

WW2 War Diary for Monday, December 15, 1941: Sea War Mediterranean: Cruiser Galatea sunk by U-boat U-557 north of Alexandria. learn more

Diary December 14, 1941

Italian battleship 'Vittorio Veneto'

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, December 14, 1941: Sea War Mediterranean: Battleship Vittorio Veneto torpedoed by British submarine Urge off Straits of Messina. learn more

Diary December 13, 1941

Russian infantry in winter camouflage

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, December 13, 1941: Eastern Front Russia: STALIN ORDERS GENERAL OFFENSIVE. Sea War Mediterranean: Italian fast cruisers Alberico da Barbiano and Alberto di Giussano, loaded with petrol drums for Italian forces in North Africa, sunk by… learn more

Diary December 12, 1941

killed in front of Moscow

WW2 War Diary for Friday, December 12, 1941: Politics Rumania: Government declares war on USA. Air War Germany: 43 RAF bombers attacking Cologne and dropping 58t of bombs. learn more