Diary May 31, 1942

Bombed-out people Cologne

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, May 31, 1942: Air War Germany: Mosquito high-speed bombers fly their first bombing sorties against German city (Cologne). Southeast Asia Burma: 400,000 refugees have crossed Burma-India frontier since December 1941. Home Fronts Britain – Air… learn more

Diary May 30, 1942

Daily Express: First Thousand Bomber Raid

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, May 30, 1942: Air War Germany – FIRST ‘THOUSAND BOMBER RAID’ ON COLOGNE (Operation Millenium): 1,046 RAF bombers (including 101 with Polish crews and 367 bomber/trainers) – 40 lost – drop 1,455 t. of bombs.… learn more

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. learn more

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. learn more

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. learn more

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

Diary May 15, 1942

aircraft carrier Bearn

WW2 War Diary for Friday, May 15, 1942: Neutrals Vichy France: 3 Vichy French warships – carrier Bearn and 2 cruisers – immobilized at Martinique at insistence of US Government. Southeast Asia Burma: Retreating British forces cross Indian border. Air… learn more

Diary May 14, 1942

Italian convoy brings reinforcements and supplies

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, May 14, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: Britsih sub Turbulent makes repeated attacks on heavily escorted Italian convoys making for Benghazi (May 14-29); sinking 3 merchant ships and destroyer Emanuele Pessagno. Atlantic: First major convoy operation… learn more

Diary May 13, 1942

MTB 238

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, May 13, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: British MTBs sink torpedo boats Iltis and Seeadler (200 killed) escorting disguised raider Stier from Rotterdam to Bordeaux; MTB 220 lost. Mexican tanker Portrero dell Llano sunk by U-boat… learn more

Diary May 12, 1942

Attack of Russian T-34 tanks

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, May 12, 1942: Eastern Front Ukraine: Russian ‘South-West Front’ (Army Group, approx. equal to a German or Anglo-American Army) launches counter-offensive from Barvenkovo Salient, south of Kharkov. Air War Mediterranean: RAF P-40 Kittyhawks and Beaufighters… learn more

Diary May 11, 1942

Ju 88 North Africa

WW2 War Diary for Monday, May 11, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: British destroyers Lively, Kipling and Jackal bombed by Ju 88 bombers west of Alexandria. Sister ship Jervis rescues 630 survivors. learn more

Diary May 10, 1942

gas chambers disguised as effervescent baths

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, May 10, 1942: Home Fronts Britain: Churchill warns Germany in broadcast that Britain will retaliate if poison gas is used on Russian Front (unknown to British, SS killer squads have already used carbon monoxide gas… learn more