Diary September 22, 1942

Stalingrad grain silo

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 22, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Germans take the Stalingrad grain silo after a week’s fighting. Africa Madagascar: East African Brigade and artillery break through well-defended road block at Mahitsy, a few miles west of… learn more

Diary September 21, 1942

Indian artillery gunners Arakan mountains

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 21, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: British begin first land counter-offensive against Japanese, in the Arakan (area along Bay of Bengal coast). learn more

Diary September 20, 1942

heavy anti-aircraft guns on low-loader wagons

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 20, 1942: Air War Germany: RAF bombers attacking Munich. North Africa: Tobruk raided by Allied bombers for seventh time in 8 nights. learn more

Diary September 19, 1942

Bomber squadron of the Finnish Air Force

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 19, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: 30 Finnish bombers despatched to Lavansaari Island (Gulf of Finland); many aircraft lose their way in thick fog and crash-land. learn more

Diary September 18, 1942

Partisan fighting

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 18, 1942: Sea War Madagascar – Operation Jane: British brigade lands at Tamatave, on east coast. learn more

Diary September 17, 1942

Vidkun Quisling

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 17, 1942: Occupied Territories Norway: Quisling reintroduced capital punishment in Norway. Africa Madagascar: Vichy Governor-General Annet rejects British armistice terms. Home Fronts USA: Roosevelt begins 15-day nationwide inspection tour of military bases, shipyards and… learn more

Diary September 16, 1942

Assault of the Rodimtsev Division on Mamai Hill.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 16, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Rodimtsev Division recaptures Mamai Hill, but suffers appalling casualties (fighting continues on and around Hill until January 1943). Air War Britain: 3 American-volunteer ‘Eagle Squadrons’ (equipped with Spitfire fighters)… learn more

Diary September 15, 1942

'Wasp''s flight deck

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 15, 1942: Sea War Pacific: US carrier Wasp sunk by Japanese submarine I-19, south of Guadalcanal; new battleship North Carolina damaged by torpedo. Eastern Front Stalingrad: Rodimtsev Division ordered to ‘clear’ Germans from strategic… learn more

Diary September 14, 1942

Stukas North Africa

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 14, 1942: Africa Western Desert – Operation Agreement: combined operations against Tobruk by seaborne and land-based commandos fails disastrously. Stukas sink anti-aircraft cruiser Coventry, German 88-mm-Flak battery disables destroyer Sikh and Italian Macchi fighter-bombers… learn more

Diary September 13, 1942

German assault party at Stalingrad.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, Septenber 13, 1942: Eastern Front FINAL GERMAN OFFENSIVE AT STALINGRAD: Savage hand-to-hand fighting continues in city until November 18. Pacific Solomons – BATTLE OF BLOODY RIDGE: Japanese reinforcements attempt to storm Henderson Field; they are… learn more

Diary September 12, 1942

General Chuikov

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 12, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: General Chuikov appointed GOC Russian 62nd Army which is defending the city. Sea War Atlantic – LACONIA INCIDENT: Liner Laconia, carrying 1,800 Italian PoWs, sunk by U-156 off Ascension… learn more

Diary September 11, 1942

Australian soldiers of the 39th Battalion marching on the Kokoda Trail

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 11, 1942: Pacific New Guinea: Japanese troops advance on Port Moresby halted at Ioribaiwa, 51 km north. Home Fronts USA: 12 workers killed and 35 injured when plane crashes in flames on Curtiss-Wright aircraft… learn more

Diary September 10, 1942

RAF 'christmas trees' of the pathfinder bombers

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 10, 1942: Air War Germany: 476 RAF bombers (including 174 bomber/trainers) make second concentrated 50-minutes night raid on Duesseldorf (31 bombers lost). Sea War North Sea: British MTBs and MGBs attack strongly escorted convoy… learn more

Diary September 9, 1942

Westland Whirlwind

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 9, 1942: Air War Western Europe: ‘Whirlibombers’ (Whirlwind 2-engined fighter-bombers) sink 2 German armed trawlers near Alderney Island. Occupied Territories France: Germans introduce military conscription in Alsace-Lorraine. learn more

Diary September 8, 1942

British MGBs (motor gun boats).

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 8, 1942: Sea War Channel: British MGBs engage German coastal convoys off Cherbourg and in Straits of Dover. German shore batteries open fire at Cherbourg. Home Fronts USA – Roosevelt declares in one of… learn more

Diary September 8, 1917


World War One Diary for Saturday, September 8, 1917: Western Front Verdun: French troops capture Fosses, Caurieres and Chaume Woods with 800 PoWs. Eastern Front Russia: ABORTIVE KORNILOV PETROGRAD COUP until September 11, Forces begin to move on September 9.… learn more

Diary September 7, 1942

German anti-aircraft battery

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 7, 1942: Air War Germany: 185 RAF bombers attacking Duisburg and dropping 491t of bombs. Politics Italy: Government declares war on Brazil. learn more

Diary September 6, 1942

German long-range railway gun 'Langer Bruno'

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, September 6, 1942: Home Fronts Britain: British and German cross-Channel guns exchange fire for an hour. Air War Britain: Debut of Me 210 fighter-bomber: 2 shot down by RAF Hawker Typhoons over Northern Yorkshire coast.… learn more

Diary September 5, 1942

destroyer Amatsukaze

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 5, 1942: Sea War Pacific: JAPANESE EVACUATE MILNE BAY (New Guinea). Japanese fast destroyers land reinforcements and essential supplies on Guadalcanal (night 5-6). US Navy and Marines soon nickname this almost nightly service the… learn more

Diary September 4, 1942

deutsche Truppen am Stadtrand von Stalingrad.

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 4, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Fierce fighting on outskirts of the city from September 4 to 13: Germans reach then Volga south of city, thereby cutting off Russian 62nd Army. Air War Europe: RAF… learn more