Diary September 30, 1942

Hauptmann Marseille - the 'Star of Africa'

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 30, 1942: Air War Western Desert: Top fighter ace Hauptmann Marseille killed – 151 victories in North Africa plus 7 over English Channel – bailing out of his new Me 109G with faulty engine.… learn more

Diary September 29, 1942

Richard Sorge

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 29, 1942: Secret War Japan: Richard Sorge, Russian master spy, sentenced to death by Tokyo Criminal Court. Sea War Indian Ocean: South African troops land at Tulear, in southern Madagascar. Air War Britain: School… learn more

Diary September 28, 1942

cruiser Admiral Hipper

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 28, 1942: Sea War : Arctic: Geramn heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper and 4 destroyers return from minelaying sortie to Novaya Zemlya (Operation ‘Zarin’ = ‘Czarina’). learn more

Diary September 27, 1942

Hitler with Zeitzler

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, September 27, 1942: Home Fronts Germany: Halder, the last ‘real’ COGS of the traditional Prussian-German General Staff, is being replaced by Zeitzler because of prolonged protests against Hitler’s orders for the offensives in Stalingrad and… learn more

Diary September 26, 1942

German soldier hoists a Swastika flag at Stalingrad

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 26, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: German troops reach right bank of Volga in centre of city. Air War Western Europe: RAF high-altitude fighter sweep over France has to be abandoned due to severe icing… learn more

Diary September 25, 1942

Mosquito bombers

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 25, 1942: Air War Norway: Mosquito bombers attack Gestapo HQ in Oslo. Britain: Night raid on Penzance (Cornwall). Southeast Asia: US bombers raid airfield near Hanoi. Home Fronts New Zealand: Waikato Miners’ Strike ends. learn more

Diary September 24, 1942

Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighter-bomber

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 24, 1942: Air War Britain: FW 190 fighter-bombers raid 3 southeast England coastal towns. learn more

Diary September 23, 1942

Kesselring with Rommel

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 23, 1942: Secret War Britain: Ultra discovers that Rommel has left North Africa on sick leave. Pacific New Guinea: Australian troops counter-attack at Ioribaiwa, north of Port Moresby. Air War USA: US 12th AAF… learn more

Diary September 22, 1942

Stalingrad grain silo

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 22, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Germans take the Stalingrad grain silo after a week’s fighting. Africa Madagascar: East African Brigade and artillery break through well-defended road block at Mahitsy, a few miles west of… learn more

Diary September 21, 1942

Indian artillery gunners Arakan mountains

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 21, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: British begin first land counter-offensive against Japanese, in the Arakan (area along Bay of Bengal coast). learn more

Diary September 20, 1942

heavy anti-aircraft guns on low-loader wagons

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 20, 1942: Air War Germany: RAF bombers attacking Munich. North Africa: Tobruk raided by Allied bombers for seventh time in 8 nights. learn more

Diary September 19, 1942

Bomber squadron of the Finnish Air Force

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 19, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: 30 Finnish bombers despatched to Lavansaari Island (Gulf of Finland); many aircraft lose their way in thick fog and crash-land. learn more

Diary September 18, 1942

Partisan fighting

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 18, 1942: Sea War Madagascar – Operation Jane: British brigade lands at Tamatave, on east coast. learn more

Diary September 17, 1942

Vidkun Quisling

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 17, 1942: Occupied Territories Norway: Quisling reintroduced capital punishment in Norway. Africa Madagascar: Vichy Governor-General Annet rejects British armistice terms. Home Fronts USA: Roosevelt begins 15-day nationwide inspection tour of military bases, shipyards and… learn more

Diary September 16, 1942

Assault of the Rodimtsev Division on Mamai Hill.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 16, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Rodimtsev Division recaptures Mamai Hill, but suffers appalling casualties (fighting continues on and around Hill until January 1943). Air War Britain: 3 American-volunteer ‘Eagle Squadrons’ (equipped with Spitfire fighters)… learn more

Diary September 15, 1942

'Wasp''s flight deck

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 15, 1942: Sea War Pacific: US carrier Wasp sunk by Japanese submarine I-19, south of Guadalcanal; new battleship North Carolina damaged by torpedo. Eastern Front Stalingrad: Rodimtsev Division ordered to ‘clear’ Germans from strategic… learn more

Diary September 14, 1942

Stukas North Africa

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 14, 1942: Africa Western Desert – Operation Agreement: combined operations against Tobruk by seaborne and land-based commandos fails disastrously. Stukas sink anti-aircraft cruiser Coventry, German 88-mm-Flak battery disables destroyer Sikh and Italian Macchi fighter-bombers… learn more

Diary September 13, 1942

German assault party at Stalingrad.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, Septenber 13, 1942: Eastern Front FINAL GERMAN OFFENSIVE AT STALINGRAD: Savage hand-to-hand fighting continues in city until November 18. Pacific Solomons – BATTLE OF BLOODY RIDGE: Japanese reinforcements attempt to storm Henderson Field; they are… learn more

Diary September 12, 1942

General Chuikov

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 12, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: General Chuikov appointed GOC Russian 62nd Army which is defending the city. Sea War Atlantic – LACONIA INCIDENT: Liner Laconia, carrying 1,800 Italian PoWs, sunk by U-156 off Ascension… learn more

Diary September 11, 1942

Australian soldiers of the 39th Battalion marching on the Kokoda Trail

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 11, 1942: Pacific New Guinea: Japanese troops advance on Port Moresby halted at Ioribaiwa, 51 km north. Home Fronts USA: 12 workers killed and 35 injured when plane crashes in flames on Curtiss-Wright aircraft… learn more