Diary April 25, 1942

Russian 37-mm anti-aircraft gun

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, April 25, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: Heavy raid on Leningrad. North Africa: Free French Bretagne bomber squadron attacks Italian outposts in South Libya.

Diary April 24, 1942

cruiser Aurora winter 1941-42

WW2 War Diary for Friday, April 24, 1942: Air War Eastern Front – Operation Goetz von Berlichingen: Russian cruiser Kirov receives further damage from Luftwaffe at Leningrad. Home Fronts Canada: Death of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of ‘Anne of Green … learn more

Diary April 23, 1942

'milch cow' U-boats of Type XIV

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 23, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: First ‘milch cow’ U-boat U-459 refuels 14 other U-boats at secret rendezvous 805 km northeast of Bermuda (April 23-May 5). Air War Britain – Baedeker Raids: Luftwaffe commences series … learn more

Diary April 22, 1942

German editors and French Pressure transducer

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 22, 1942: Sea War Chanel: Major Lord Lovat and commandos raid Boulogne. Naval forces cripple 2 armed trawlers.

Diary April 21, 1942

soldiers with a Maxim-MG in action

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 21, 1942: Occupied Territories France: 20 French hostages executed at St Nazaire for alleged complicity with British during Operation Chariot (March 27, 1942).

Diary April 20, 1942

Allied destroyer is reloading deepth-charges

WW2 War Diary for Monday, April 20, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: Major reorganization of Allied convoy system: first of 11 new ‘escort groups’ commences regular patrols between ‘WESTOMP’ (‘Western Ocean Meeting Point’), off Newfoundland, and ‘EASTOMP’, off Londonderry. Occupied Territories … learn more

Diary April 19, 1942

Commander and Supreme helmsman

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, April 19, 1942: Sea War Caribbean: U-boat U-130 shells Curacao oil refinery.

Diary April 18, 1942

B-25 Mitchell launching from USS Hornet

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, April 18, 1942: Air War Pacific: DOOLITTLE RAID. 16 US Army AF B-25 Mitchell bombers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle, operating from carrier Hornet, make surprise daylight raid on Tokyo, Yokosuka naval base, Nagoya, Osaka … learn more

Diary April 17, 1942

Yenangyuang oil field on fire

WW2 War Diary for Friday, April 17, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: Retreating British set fire to Yenangyaung oilfields. Occupied Territories France: General Henri Giraud, ex-CO French 9th Army, escapes from Konigstein Castle, near Dresden, by climbing down 46-m-long ‘home-made’ rope. … learn more

Diary April 16, 1942

Two German soldiers with their MG34 man a defensive post on the Channel coast

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 16, 1942: Occupied Territories France: Field Marshal von Rundstedt put in charge of the ‘Atlantic Wall‘. Home Fronts Malta: GEORGE CROSS AWARDED TO MALTA in recognition of untold heroism of entire civilian and military … learn more

Diary April 15, 1942

Allies provide the Resistance

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 15, 1917: Occupied Territories France: French Resistance carries out grenade attack on German HQ building in Arras.

Diary April 14, 1942

depth charge explodes

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 14, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: US destroyer Roper sinks U-boat U-85 off Cape Hatteras – first major success for US anti-submarine forces. Mediterranean: Lt.-Cdr. Wanklyn, British submarine ‘ace’, lost when Upholder is depth-charged off … learn more