Diary July 31, 1942

Panzer IV crossing pontoon bridge

WW2 War Diary for Friday, July 31, 1942: Eastern Front Southern Russia: German troops cross river Don on wide front. Air War Germany: 630 RAF bombers (including 211 bomber-trainers) make concentrated 50-minute. night raid on Duesseldorf. Western Europe: Light raids… learn more

Diary July 30, 1942

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, July 30, 1942: Air War China: American P-40 fighters repulse series of Japanese raids on Hengyang air base, southwest China (July 30-31) Britain: New type of incendiary bomb used in night raids on West Midlands… learn more

Diary July 29, 1942

German armoured recon vwhicles

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, July 29, 1942: Eastern Front South Russia: Hoth’s Panzers capture Tsimlyanskaya, on river Don, west of Stalingrad. Farther south Kleist’s Panzers capture Proletarskaya. Pacific New Guinea: Japanese troops advancing on Port Moresby take Kokoda, 80… learn more

Diary July 28, 1942

German He 115 seaplane

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, July 28, 1942: Home Fronts Britain: Death of Sir Matthew Flinders Petrie, archaeologist; aged 89. learn more

Diary July 27, 1942

Fw 190 attacking a Spitfire

WW2 War Diary for Monday, July 27, 1942: Air War Britain: 30 German raiders, operating singly in cloudy weather over many parts of England, bomb 2 airfields, 4 factories and 4 railway junctions (50 people killed). Night raid on Birmingham. learn more

Diary July 26, 1942

Pe-8 Bomber.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, July 26, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: Russian 8th Air Army and 4-engined Pe-8s of the ADD (‘Long-range Bombing Force’) carry out round-the-clock operations in support of hard-pressed 62nd Army, southwest of Stalingrad. Germany: RAF… learn more

Diary July 25, 1942

German Panzer III spearheads

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, July 25, 1942: Eastern Front Southern Russia: Kleist’s Panzers begin crossing river Don. Africa French Northwest Africa: British and American Chiefs of Staff decide to carry out Operation Torch (formerly ‘Super-Gymnast’) – seaborne invasion of… learn more

Diary July 24, 1942

Admiral Doenitz awards

WW2 War Diary for Friday, July 24, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: Admiral Doenitz, broadcasting from Berlin, describes the ever-increasing threat to his submarine operations from British and American warships and aircraft, which are ‘always on the heels of our U-boats‘.… learn more

Diary July 23, 1942

Hitler's HQ

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, July 23, 1942: Eastern Front Southern Russia: Hitler orders simultaneous operations against Stalingrad and the Caucasus, thereby compromising the chances of capturing either objective. Hoth’s 4th Panzer Army ordered to abandon its direct advance on… learn more

Diary July 22, 1942

Stirling bombers in flight

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, July 22, 1942: Air War Germany: 250 RAF bombers attacking Duisburg and dropping 577t of bombs. Home Fronts India: Ban on Communist Party lifted. learn more

Diary July 21, 1942

briefing of Japanese aircraft crews

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, July 21, 1942: Pazifik New Guinea: Japanese division lands at Buna, north of Port Moresby, which they plan to capture by advancing over Owen Stanley Mountains. learn more

Diary July 20, 1942

British 4.5in howitzer is firing

WW2 War Diary for Monday, July 20, 1942: Air War Arctic: Russian planes bomb airfields in North Norway. Western Europa: 200 Spitfire V fighters strafe ‘targets of opportunity’ over Northern France (1 aircraft collides with a tree). learn more

Diary July 19, 1942

Lunch break at a Russian fighter squadron

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, July 19, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: Captain Antonio Lavat, commander of Esquadra Azul (‘Blue Squadron’) – Spanish volunteer fighter unit in Russia – killed in action. learn more

Diary July 18, 1942

Me 262 V3 lands after its first flight

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, July 18, 1942: Home Fronts Germany: First flight of Me 262 V3, prototype jet fighter, at Leipheim, near Ulm. Air War Germany: Lancaster bombers fly daylight mission to the Ruhr and bomb Duisburg. learn more

Diary July 17, 1942

German pontoon bridge across the river Donets

WW2 War Diary for Friday, July 17, 1942: Eastern Front Ukraine: Germans capture Voroshilovgrad, chief town of Donets coalfield. learn more

Diary July 16, 1942

APC SdKfz 251 is loaded

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, July 16, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: Turkish tanker Antares torpedoed by Italian submarine Alagi and beached on Lebanon coast. learn more

Diary July 15, 1942

Formation of Spitfire Vb's

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, July 15, 1942: Air War Western Europa: 200 Spitfire Mk Vs carry out offensive sweep over Northern France. Wing Commander ‘Paddy’ Finucane – 21-year-old ‘ace’ (32 victories) – shot down and killed by machine gun… learn more

Diary July 14, 1942

commander of the 7th Bersaglieri Regiment of the Italian XXI Corps goes into captivity

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, July 14, 1942: Occupied Territories France: Free French movement is renamed La France Combattante. Home Fronts India: Congress Party Working Committee calls for ending of British rule and campaign of ‘civil disobedience’. learn more

Diary July 13, 1942

Japanese submarine

WW2 War Diary for Monday, July 13, 1942: Sea War Pacific: 3 Japanese submarines operate off Sydney (5 ships sunk in July to August). Secret War USA: Roosevelt creates Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to replace COI; names Donovan as… learn more

Diary July 12, 1942

Advance of German infantry through the southern Russian steppes

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, July 12, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: ‘Stalingrad Front’ army group established to defend city. Home Fronts USA: Stern Park Gardens, near Joliet (Illinois), renamed ‘Lidice’ in honour of the martyred Czech village. learn more