Diary May 29, 1942

KV-1A in the area of Kharkov

WW2 War Diary for Friday, May 29, 1942: Politics USA: Molotov, Russian Foreign Minister in Washington (until June 4). Home Fronts USA: Death of John Barrymore, actor and movie star; aged 60.

Diary May 28, 1942

Destroyed German vehicles in North Africa

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, May 28, 1942: Air War North Africa: RAF pounds Rommel’s Panzer’s as they attempt to pass through narrow gaps in British minefields. Sea War Pacific: 2 US task forces leave Pearl Harbor to intercept Japanese … learn more

Diary May 27, 1942

German mortar

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, May 27, 1942: North Africa Defence of Bir Hakeim: Free French Brigade under Koenig defies Rommel May 27-June 10 and rejects 3 surrender ultimatums. Stukas pound the French, who have to be supplied by air. … learn more

Diary May 26, 1942

Panzer III of Rommel's DAK

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, May 26, 1942: North Africa Operation Theseus: Rommel attacks Gazala Line. Politics Anglo-Soviet ’20-year’ Mutual Assistance Treaty. Sweden: German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer has secret ‘peace talks’ with British Bishop of Chichester in Stockholm (May 26-31). … learn more

Diary May 25, 1942

Japanese pre-Dreadnought 'Asahi'

WW2 War Diary for Monday, May 25, 1942: Sea War Pacific: Japanese repair ship Asahi (old battleship) sunk by American submarine Salmon in South China Sea. Home Fronts Australia: ‘Australia First’ conspiracy. 3 men and a woman arrested at Perth … learn more

Diary May 24, 1942

British soldiers with a Boys anti-tank rifle

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, May 24, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: Stilwell arrives Delhi after 20 days’ trek through Burma-Assam jungle.

Diary May 23, 1942

Destroyed Russian equipment in Barvenkovo Salient

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, May 23, 1942: Eastern Front Ukraine: Panzer spearheads trap 2 Russian armies in Barvenkovo Salient (Germans take 214,000 PoWs by May 31). Home Front USA: Grumman Hellcat naval fighter – designed to outclass Mitsubishi Zero … learn more

Diary May 22, 1942

Tateo Kato

WW2 War Diary for Friday, May 22, 1942: Air War Southeast Asia: Lt.-Col. Kato, Japanese AAF fighter ‘ace’ (58 victories) disappears in his Nakajima Oscar fighter over Bay of Bengal. Politics Mexico: Government declares war on Germany, Italy and Japan … learn more

Diary May 21, 1942

German paratroopers pull gun through the desert

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, May 21, 1942: Air War Mediterranean – Operation Herkules: planned German airborne invasion of Malta postponed indefinitely. Pacific Philippines: Japanese troops land in Leyte Gulf. Politics Japan: Government agrees to request by International Red Cross … learn more

Diary May 19, 1942

Airspeed Oxford

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, May 19, 1942: Air War Canada: UN Air Training Conference in Ottawa, May 19-22 (enlarged Empire Air Training Scheme signed at Ottawa, June 5, 1942). Pacific: Doolittle awarded Congressional Medal of Honor for leading Tokyo … learn more

Diary May 18, 1942

Sir Andrew Cunningham

WW2 War Diary for Monday, May 18, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: Admiral Harwood appointed C-in-C; Admiral Cunningham to head naval delegation to Washington. Politics Japan: Malik appointed Russian Ambassador in Tokyo.

Diary May 16, 1942

Bodies and destroyed war material on the beach of Kerch.

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, May 16, 1942: Eastern Front Crimea: GERMANS CAPTURE KERCH – dashing Russian hopes that siege of Sebastopol can be lifted. Air War Southeast Asia: RAF bombs Akyab (Burma). Home Fronts USA: Mrs Hobby appointed Director … learn more