Diary October 22, 1942

Vichy-French generals Nogues (left) and Juin

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 22, 1942: Secret War Northwest Africa: Lieutenant-General Mark Clark lands on North African coast from British sub Seraph and contacts pro-Allied French Officers (night October 22-23). Air War Mediterranean: RAF launches series of DEVASTATING… learn more

Diary October 21, 1942

RAF Mustangs

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 21, 1942: Air War Germany: RAF P-51 Mustang fighters strafe barges on Dortmund-Ems Canal. Western Europe: 8th USAAF B-17 Fortress bonbers raid Lorient U-boat base. learn more

Diary October 20, 1942

Italian 4-engined heavy bomber Piaggio P.108B

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 20, 1942: Air War Mediterranean: Fighter-bomber raids on Malta. Italian 4-engined night raiders intercepted by RAF fighters over Gibraltar and forced to jettison bombs over Spanish territory, causing damage and casualties. learn more

Diary October 19, 1942

Jubilant Chinese soldier

WW2 War Diary for Monday, October 19, 1942: Home Fronts China: 30 additional Chinese divisions to be armed and equipped by USA. Africa Madagascar: King’s African Rifles encircle and capture 800 Vichy troops, with artillery and motor transport, near Ivato… learn more

Diary October 18, 1942

Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 18, 1942: Sea War Pacific: Vice-Admiral Halsey replaces Vice-Admiral Ghormley as C-in-C South Pacific. Home Fronts Germany: Hitler orders all captured British Commandos to be summarily executed. learn more

Diary October 17, 1942

Air reconaissance photograph Schneider steelworks at Le Creusot

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 17, 1942: Air War Western Europe: 94 Lancaster bombers (1 lost) attack Schneider armaments and locomotive works at Le Creusot, southeast of Paris, at dusk. learn more

Diary October 16, 1942

Russian supplies for Stalingrad

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 16, 1917: Home Fronts India: Cyclone kills approx. 40,000 in Bengal. learn more

Diary October 15, 1942

Norwegian submarine 'HNMS Ula'

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 15, 1942: Sea War Norwegian Sea: Norwegian submarine Uredd sinks German transport Libau. learn more

Diary October 14, 1942

German soldiers Stalingrad Tractor Factory

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 14, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Germans launch second ‘final’ offensive at Stalingrad, preceded by ferocious artillery/mortar barrage and deadly accurate Stuka raids. Ruined Tractor Factory overrun, but Siberian regiment holds ‘Red October’ works in… learn more

Diary October 13, 1942

Japanese Ki-21 'Sally' bomber

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 13, 1942: Pacific Solomons: Japanese artillery and bombers pound Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. Sea War Atlantic: German disguised raider Komet attempts to break out into Atlantic from Le Havre, under heavy escort (night October… learn more

Diary October 12, 1942

Russian soldiers in Stalingrad.

WW2 War Diary for Monday, October 12, 1942: Home Fronts USA: 600,000 Italian-Americans no longer to be classified as ‘enemy aliens’. learn more

Diary October 11, 1942

heavy cruiser Salt Lake City (CA-25)

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 11, 1942: Sea War Pacific: BATTLE OF CAPE ESPERANCE. US cruiser-destroyer force surprises Japanese squadron northwest of Guadalcanal and sinks cruiser Furutaka and destroyer Fubuki. Japanese cruiser Aoba heavily damaged, Allied destroyer Duncan also… learn more

Diary October 10, 1942

SM.79 Sparvieroready for air raid on Malta

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 10, 1942: Politics Argentina, Chile: Governments protest about ‘offensive’ remarks about Axis espionage operations in their respective countries, made by US Secretary of State, Sumner Welles. learn more

Diary October 9, 1942

RAF Warhawk pilots

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 9, 1942: Air War North Africa: Allied warplanes (12 lost) make round-the-clock attacks on landing grounds in El Daba area; defending fighters routed. learn more

Diary October 8, 1942

Russian soldiers with body armour

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 8, 1942: Pacific New Guinea: Japanese rearguard makes a stand at Templeton’s Crossing (they retreat October 29). learn more

Diary October 7, 1942

Two German Type IX U-Boats

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 7, 1942: Sea War Indian Ocean: U-boat ‘wolf pack’ Eisbaer (‘Polar Bear’) sinks 28 ships off South and East Africa (October 7-November 3). U-boat U-179 sunk by British destroyer Active. learn more

Diary October 6, 1942

submarine 'Barbarigo'

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 6, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: The commander of Italian submarine Barbarigo reports that he has sunk American battleship of Idaho Class off West Africa (before, in previous May, the same Commander -Grozzi- had ‘sunk’… learn more

Diary October 5, 1942

German motorized column

WW2 War Diary for Monday, October 5, 1942: Home Fronts Britain: RAF aircraft crashes in village of Somersham (Hunts.); 6 cottages wrecked, 10 people killed. learn more

Diary October 4, 1942

Russian reinforcements for Stalingrad

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 3, 1942: Sea War Channel: British Commando raid on Sark (Channel Islands). learn more

Diary October 3, 1942

group of A-4 rockets

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 3, 1942: Home Fronts Germany: First successful launching of A-4 rocket (prototype of V-2) from Peenemuende. learn more