Diary February 28, 1942

'Foreign workers' for the construction of 'Reichswerke Hermann Göring'

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, February 28, 1942: Home Fronts Germany: Dr Mansfeld appointed Reich Labour Controller with overall responsibility for the exploitation of foreign workers and PoWs in the armaments industry and agriculture. USA: Rear Admiral Kimmel and Lieutenant-General… learn more

Diary February 27, 1942

crematoria at Auschwitz

WW2 War Diary for Friday, February 27, 1942: Home Fronts Germany: Orders given for the building of 5 crematoria at Auschwitz, capable of ‘processing’ 12,000 gas chamber victims per day. Sea War Pacific – BATTLE OF JAVA SEA (February 27-March… learn more

Diary February 26, 1942

Battlecruiser 'Gneisenau' in dry dock at Kiel

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, February 26, 1942: Air War Germany: RAF cripples German battlecruiser Gneisenau at Kiel; a complete rebuilding (with the original 38-cm guns) is planned, but never implemented because Hitler order to stop work on all capital… learn more

Diary February 25, 1942

Stirling bomber from the RAF

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, February 25, 1942: Air War Germany: RAF night raid on Kiel (repeated next 2 nights). Southeast Asia Burma: Retreating British use ‘scorched earth’ tactics in Rangoon, inc. setting fire to oil installations. Home Fronts USA… learn more

Diary February 24, 1942

USS Enterprise at sea

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 24, 1942: Sea War Pacific: WAKE ISLAND RAID. US carrier Enterprise launches air strike against Wake Island (similar attack on nearby Marcus Island, March 4). Atlantic: US destroyer Truxton and naval transport Pollux reported… learn more

Diary February 23, 1942

Russian infantry attack.

WW2 War Diary for Monday, February 23, 1942: Eastern Front Central sector: Russian troops recapture Dorogobuzh, east of Smolensk. Southern sector: Russian troops reach river Dnieper in strength. Politics Mutual Aid Agreement between UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Sea… learn more

Diary February 22, 1942

Air Marshal Sir Arthur Travers Harris,

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, February 22, 1942: Air War Britain: Air Marshal Harris becomes AOC-in-C RAF Bomber Command. Home Fronts Britain: Colonel Llewellyn appointed Minister of Aircraft Production; Grigg becomes Secretary for War. Dr William Temple nominated Archbishop of… learn more

Diary February 21, 1942

Japanese troops in Burma

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, February 21, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: British troops begin withdrawal over river Sittang (night February 21-22). Politics Portugal: Salazar makes ‘energetic protest’ against Japanese occupation of Portuguese Timor. Neutrals Uruguay: President Baldomir foils attempted coup.… learn more

Diary February 20, 1942

Recovery of a supply bomb in Demiansk 'Cauldron'.

WW2 War Diary for Friday, February 20, 1942: Air War Eastern Front – Demiansk Airlift: force of Ju 52s (increasing from 40 in February to 300 in May) maintains trapped German 16th Army in Demiansk ‘Cauldron’, north of Smolensk, losing… learn more

Diayr February 19, 1942

burning ships in the port of Darwin

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, February 19, 1942: Sea War Pacific: THE DARWIN RAID. Japanese Carrier Force and land-based bombers make devastating strikes on Port Darwin, sinking or damaging 16 ships and panicking civilian population (172 killed, 349 injured aboard… learn more

Diary February 18, 1942

French submarine cruiser 'Surcouf'

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, February 18, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: Free French submarine Surcouf (world’s largest sub) sunk in collision with US merchantman. Air War Pacific: RAF and RAAF units withdrawn from Sumatra to Java. learn more

Diary February 17, 1942

Nazi propaganda Channel dash

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 17, 1942: Home Fronts Britain: Commons debate on escape of German battlecruisers from Brest. Churchill announces setting up of commission of inquiry under Mr Justice Bucknill. Occupied Territories Singapore: Japanese rename Singapore, Skonun (‘Light… learn more

Diary February 16, 1942

submarine tanker supplies two U-boats

WW2 War Diary for Monday, February 16, 1942: Sea War Atlantic – Operation Neuland: 2 U-boats make simultaneous attacks on oil installations and tankers at Curacao and Aruba. 7 tankers torpedoed (3 sunk). Home Fronts Australia: Prime Minister Curtin declares… learn more

Diary February 15, 1942

General Percival leads his surrender party

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, February 15, 1942: Far East Malaya: FALL OF SINGAPORE. General Percival surrenders unconditionally to General Yamashita, who was outnumbered more than 1-to-3. 80,000 PoWs taken, which is the most terrible British defeat in military history.… learn more

Diary February 14, 1942

Japanese paratroopers are landing near Palembang

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, February 14, 1942: Air War Pacific: Japanese paratroops land at Palembang (Sumatra). Dutch destroy one oil refinery, but the second and airfield are captured. Germany: RAF bombers attacking Cologne. Home Fronts Russia: Universal conscription for… learn more

Diary February 13, 1942

Japanese troops in Singapur

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 13, 1942: Far East Malaya: Japanese cut off water supply to Singapore. Eastern Front Central Sector: Russians re-enter Byelorussia. Sea War Pacific: Japanese bombers and submarines sink or damage many ships carrying military personnel… learn more

Diary February 12, 1942

cruiser 'Australia'

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, February 12, 1942: Sea War Pacific: ‘Anzac Squadron’ formed at Suva (Fiji) – cruisers Australia, Chicago (American), Achilles and Leander plus 2 US destroyers. Politics Spain: Franco and Portuguese dictator Salazar, meet at Seville. Air… learn more

Diary February 11, 1942

Operation Cerberus: the German capital ships in the Channel.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, February 11, 1942: Sea War THE CHANNEL DASH (Operation Cerberus): German battlecruisers Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen leave Brest (night February 11-12) under heavy escort and with massive air cover. Planned British counter-measures… learn more

Diary February 10, 1942

'Hitler, the Liberator'

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 10, 1942: Occupied Territories Russia: Only 702 of 30,000 Jews in Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) have escaped repeated SS massacres. Sea War Atlantic: Churchill offers to transfer immediately to US Navy 34 anti-submarine vessels and trained… learn more

Diary February 9, 1942

Japanese light tanks cross a provisional bridge

WW2 War Diary for Monday, February 9, 1942: Southeast-Asia Burma: Japanese cross river Salween. Air War Pacific: Japanese raid airfields near Batavia, capital of Dutch East Indies. Home Fronts USA: Troopship Lafayette (83,000t) – ex-French liner Normandie – catches fire… learn more