Diary January 31, 1942

corpeses of the starved people in Leningrad

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 31, 1942: Eastern Front Siege of Leningrad: total number of deaths from starvation, typhus, dysentery, heart failure, etc., in January-February 1942 is more than 200,000. There is an out-break of cannibalism. Southeast Asia Burma:… learn more

Diary January 30, 1942

Column of Australian troops in Malaya

WW2 War Diary for Friday, January 30, 1942: Southeast Asia Malaya: British and Commonwealth forces withdraw to Singapore Island and blow up 1-km-Iong Causeway across Johore Street. Politics Eire: Government of Irish Republic protests against landing of US troops in… learn more

Diary January 29, 1942

First aid to a crew member of a knocked-out British Crusader tank

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, January 29, 1942: North Africa Rommel recaptures Benghazi. Home Fronts Britain: Churchill wins Parliamentary Vote of Confidence, 464-1. First broadcast of ‘Desert Island Discs‘ – BBC’s longest-running record programme. Sea War Atlantic: US Coast Guard… learn more

Diary January 28, 1942

PzKpfw 38 (t) and a 2-cm Flak anti-aircraft gun on the Eastern front

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, January 28, 1942: Air War USA: 8th USAAF formed in Georgia. Eastern Front Southern sector: Russian successes in Ukraine. Politics Brazil: Government breaks off diplomatic relations with Axis Powers. Home Fronts South Africa: Numerous bomb… learn more

Diary January 27, 1942

StuG assault guns on their way through snow fields

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 27, 1942: Eastern Front Southern sector: Russians recapture Lozovaya, railway junction and supply base south of Kharkov. Sea War Pacific: 6 American submarines carry supplies to Corregidor Island (operations continues until May 6). Air… learn more

Diary January 26, 1942

Brewster F2A Buffalo fighter aircrafts

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 26, 1942: Sea War Pacific: 68 British aircraft (13 lost) attack Japanese troop convoy off east coast of Malaya. In night January 26-27 destroyers Thanet (British) and Vampire (Australian) attack; Thanet sunk by Japanese… learn more

Diary January 25, 1942

German anti-tank gun in action

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 25, 1942: Eastern Front Central Sector: Zhukov attempts to storm fortified town of Gzhatsk, west of Mozhaisk, but, as he had predicted, his weakened forces are inadequate for the task demanded of them. Sea… learn more

Diary January 24, 1942

supplies with horses through the deep snow in Russia

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 24, 1942: Eastern Front Southern sector: Russians recapture Barvenkovo, southeast of Kharkov. Sea War Dutch East Indies: Japanese troops land at Balikpapan and Kendari (Celebes). Air War Pacific: RAAF bombs Rabaul (night January 24-25).… learn more

Diary January 23, 1942

Australian anti-tank gun in the battle

WW2 War Diary for Friday, January 23, 1942: Far East Malaya: Japanese within 97 km of Singapore. Sea War Pacific: Japanese troops land at Rabaul on New Britain. The small Australian garrison overwhelmed after gallant stand. Battle of Makassar Strait:… learn more

Diary January 22, 1942

'ice road' across Lake Ladoga

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, January 22, 1942: Eastern Front Siege of Leningrad: Mass evacuation of civilians via the ‘ice road’ across Lake Ladoga; 440,000 taken out, January 22-April 15, 1942. Russians recapture Uvarovo, 32 km west of Mozhaisk. North… learn more

Diary January 21, 1942

Japanese aircraft crews during the last briefing

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 21, 1942: Air War Pacific: Hawker Hurricane fighters destroy 8 Japanese bombers over Singapore. Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar fighters shoot down 5 Hurricanes over Singapore. 120 Japanese aircraft attack Rabaul: 7 Australian Wirraway army co-op… learn more

Diary January 20, 1942

Japanese troops on elephants

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 20, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: JAPANESE INVADE BURMA. Sea War Pacific: 2 Japanese submarines shell Midway Island. Japanese carrier planes bomb Rabaul (New Britain). Minelaying submarine I-124 sunk off Darwin by USS Edsall and… learn more

Diary January 19, 1942

Graves of German soldiers near the monument to the battle of Borodino

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 19, 1942: Eastern Front Fall of Mozhaisk (night 19-20): Russian Guards and tank units capture town after house-to-house fighting. Germans retreating west towards Vyazma, harried at Borodino by Russian cavalry, ski troops and Ilyushin… learn more

Diary January 18, 1942

Soldiers of the Russian IX air landing corps

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 18, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: Russian parachute brigade and airborne regiment land behind German lines south of Vyazma (January 18-24). Eastern Front On Central Front, advancing Russians within 97 km of Smolensk. Heavy… learn more

Diary January 17, 1942

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 17, 1942: Air War China: American Volunteer Group led by General Chennault claims to have destroyed 90 Japanese planes over southwest China and Burma since December 7, 1941. 3 US fighters and pilots lost.… learn more

Diary January 16, 1942

Field Marshal Walter von Reichenau

WW2 War Diary for Friday, January 16, 1942: Home Fronts Russia: Russian High Command publishes contents of document found at Klin, northwest of Moscow and signed by F.M. von Reichenau, GOC German 6th Army, instructing German troops to be ‘merciless’… learn more

Diary January 15, 1942

Russian infantry on light T-60 tanks

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, January 15, 1942: Eastern Front Central sector: Russians troops recapture Selijarovo, northwest of Rzhev. Politics Pan-American Conference (January 15-23): Argentina objects to American proposal that all relations with Axis Powers be ended. Amicable settlement of… learn more

Diary January 14, 1942

Attacking Russian T-34 tanks

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, January 14, 1942: Eastern Front Southern sector: Russian armoured spearheads only 13 km from Kharkov. Central sector: Russian troops recapture Medya, west of Maloyaroslavets. Sea War Atlantic: U-boat ‘ace’ Lt.-Cdr. Lueth, of U-43, attacks Convoy… learn more

Diary January 13, 1942

Knocked-out Russian KV-1 tank

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 13, 1942: Eastern Front Russians now in complete control of railway from Maloyaroslavets south to Kaluga. Russians recapture Kirov, southeast of Smolensk, and Dorokhovo, near Mozhaisk. Southeast Asia Malaya: Japanese capture Port Swettenham. Politics… learn more

Diary January 12, 1942

'HMS Unbeaten'

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 12, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: U-boat U-374 sunk by British submarine Unbeaten off Catania (Sicily). Politics Japan: Government declares war on Netherlands East Indies. USA and Mexico: US-Mexican Joint Defence Commission established. Occupied Territories… learn more