Diary June 26, 1942

German supply column

WW2 War Diary for Friday, June 26, 1942: Africa Western Desert: British 8th Army carries out ‘panic’ retreat from Mersa Matruh – unaware that Rommel’s forces are virtually exhausted. Home Fronts Germany: Rommel promoted to Field Marshal (for the capturing… learn more

Diary June 25, 1942

British armoured cars under bomb attack by Stukas.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, June 25, 1942: Africa Western Desert: Auchinleck sacks Ritchie and takes personal command of 8th Army. Air War Germany: ‘THOUSAND-BOMBER’ RAID ON BREMEN. 1,006 aircraft despatched (49 lost) including 272 bomber/trainers and 102 Coastal Command… learn more

Diary June 24, 1942

Croatian volunteers

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, June 24, 1942: Occupied Territories Yugoslavia: In Yugoslavia 2 major offensives by German, Italian and ‘puppet’ troops (January – June 1942) force Tito’s Partisans to retreat 241 km from Serbia into Croatia. Air War Britain:… learn more

Diary June 23, 1942

British specialists examine the Focke-Wulf FW 190 A-3

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, June 23, 1942: Secret War Britain: RAF captures Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A – latest German piston-engined fighter – which the pilot lands by mistake at Pembrey, South Wales. Eastern Front Siege of Sebastopol: Russian troops… learn more

Diary June 22, 1942

Romanian infantry in the battle of Sevastopol

WW2 War Diary for Monday, June 22, 1942: Eastern Front Rumanian casualties in 12 months: 157,572. Politics USA: Litvinov, Russian Ambassador to USA, demands immediate launching of a ‘Second Front’, during speech in New York. learn more

Diary June 21, 1942

German troops in Tobruk

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, June 21, 1942: Africa Western Desert: FALL OF TOBRUK. Germans take 32,000 prisoners (Including the entire 2nd South African division with General Koppel), several hundred guns and 100 tanks. Rommel pursues British 8th Army to… learn more

Diary June 20, 1942

U-Boats are served by a U-tanker

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, June 20, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: Last of 8 groups of U-boats despatched to American East Coast since January 1942 fail to find ‘worthwhile targets’ (i.e., ships sailing independently, without adequate escort). 2 U-boats are… learn more

Diary June 19, 1942

Hitler in the Fuehrer's headquarters in Vinnitsa

WW2 War Diary for Friday, June 19, 1942: Occupied Territories Czechoslovakia: General Elias, ex-Prime Minister of ‘puppet’ regime in Bohemia-Moravia Protectorate, executed by firing squad (Elias had been arrested by Heydrich, September 1941, and condemned to death, October 1941). Aged… learn more

Diary June 18, 1942

natural caves defence line around Sebastopol

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, June 18, 1942: Eastern Front Siege of Sebastopol: German 11th Army, reinforced by elements of 17th Army, breaks through defences and reaches North Bay. Neutrals Turkey: Rail links between Turkey and Central Europe (severed April… learn more

Diary June 17, 1942

British PoWs North Africa

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, June 17, 1942: Africa Western Desert: British 8th Army withdraws east of Tobruk. Sea War Destroyer Wild Swan shoots down 6 of 12 German bombers. She is crippled and finally sinks after colliding with a… learn more

Diary June 16, 1942

HMS Hermione

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, June 16, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: Cruiser Hermione sunk by U-boat U-205 south of Crete. learn more

Diary June 15, 1942

Final torpedo shot

WW2 War Diary for Monday, June 15, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: U-boat U-552 sinks 5 ships from Convoy HG.84. Home Fronts Britain: Unemployment now below 100,000. learn more