Diary December 7, 1943

Battleship 'Wisconsin'

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, December 7, 1943: Home Fronts USA: Battleship Wisconsin launched at Philadelphia Navy Yard. learn more

Diary December 6, 1943

NZ infantry of British 8th Army

WW2 War Diary for Monday, December 6, 1943: Mediterranean Italy: British 8th Army crosses river Moro. learn more

Diary December 5, 1943

DB-7 Bostons of US 9th AF attacking a V-1 launching site

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, December 5, 1943: Air War Western Europe: Fighter-bombers of RAF, 2nd TAF, and US 9th AF attack V-1 launching sites in Pas de Calais. Far East: First Japanese daylight raid on Calcutta (350 killed). learn more

Diary December 4, 1943

1,000lb bomb is fitted to a Dauntless

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, December 4, 1943: Sea War Pacific: US Fast Carrier Task Force raids Kwajalein: 386 planes (5 lost) sink 6 transports and damage 2 cruisers. 55 Japanese planes destroyed. Torpedo planes hit USS Lexington. Carrier Chuyo… learn more

Diary December 3, 1943

recording studio of 'Operation Corona'

WW2 War Diary for Friday, December 3, 1943: Air War Germany: Goering orders Peltz – commanding German bomber forces in the West – ‘To avenge the terror attacks of the enemy … by means of concentrated attacks on [British] cities… learn more

Diary December 2, 1943

Bari air raid disaster

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, December 2, 1943: Air War Mediterranean – Bari air raid disaster: 96 German bombers carry out low-level night raid on Bari in Italy (2 munition ships explode). 19 ships sunk, including SS John Harvey carrying… learn more

Diary December 1, 1943

old woman with the rest of her belongings after air raid

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, December 1, 1943: Air War Germany: B-17 Fortress bombers attack Solingen, east of Duesseldorf, for second successive day. learn more

Diary November 30, 1943

Destroyed light Russian T-70 tanks and killed Red Army soldiers

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, November 30, 1943: Eastern Front Central Sector: Russians now within 11 km of Zhlobin. Sea War Merchant shipping losses in November 1943: 14 Allied ships with 40,685 tons in Atlantic, 15 Allied ships with 103,705… learn more

Diary November 29, 1943

Grenadiers of the Totenkopf Division

WW2 War Diary for Monday, November 29, 1943: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Fierce fighting in Kiev Salient; SS Panzer divisions in action. Occupied Territories Yugoslavia: National Partisan Assembly appoints Tito to rank of Marshal. learn more

Diary November 28, 1943

Conference at Teheran

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, November 28, 1943: Politics CONFERENCE AT TEHERAN (ends December 1): British and Americans give top priority to Operation Overlord. Soviet forces to fight Japan after defeat of Germany. Stalin receives ceremonial ‘Sword of Stalingrad’ –… learn more

Diary November 27, 1943

Panzer IV with infantry retreat

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, November 27, 1943: Eastern Front Central Sector: Russians close in from 3 directions on Zhlobin, vital rail junction northwest of Gomel. learn more

Diary November 26, 1943

Hs 293 glider-bomb

WW2 War Diary for Friday, Novenber 26, 1943: Sea War Mediterranean: British troopship Rohna sunk by Hs 293 glider-bomb off Bougie, Algeria (1,115 killed). Pacific New Guinea: Australians capture Sattelberg. Eastern Front Central Sector: Russians capture Gomel. learn more

Diary November 25, 1943

B-26 Marauders bomb targets in Western Europe

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, November 25, 1943: Air War Western Europe: US planes attack 2 airfields near St Orner. RAF light bombers and fighters attack numerous targets in North France. Germany: Halifax night bombers raid Frankfurt and Offenbach; Goethe’s… learn more

Diary November 24, 1943

Berlin 8 hours after the third RAF night raid from November 24, 1943

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, November 24, 1943: Home Fronts Germany: Goebbels issues proclamation to citizens of Berlin: ‘Our will to win is unshakable.’ He exhorts Berliners to defy RAF terror attacks. Mediterranean Italy: British 8th Army crosses Lower Sangro… learn more

Diary November 23, 1943

Russian radio patrol

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, November 23, 1943: Eastern Front Central Sector: Gomel (Byelorussia) virtually encircled by Russians. Southern Sector: Russians counter-attack near Kiev. learn more

Diary November 22, 1943

Bomb damage to the Reichs Chancellery

WW2 War Diary for Monday, November 22, 1943: Air War Germany: First ‘2,000-ton’ RAF night raid on Berlin. Mediterranean: Ju 87 Stukas attack Tigani on Samos; Allied garrison surrenders November 23. Politics FIRST CAIRO CONFERENCE (Churchill, Roosevelt and Chiang Kai-shek)… learn more

Diary November 21, 1943

Field Marshal Kesselring at a meeting

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, November 21, 1943: Mediterranean Italy: Kesselring made German C-in-C. Rommel leaves his command. Occupied Territories Norway: British and Norwegian Commandos destroy smelting works near Arendal (Norway). learn more

Diary November 20, 1943

US Marines Tarawa island

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, November 20, 1943: Sea War Pacific – US MARINES LAND ON TARAWA AND BETIO (Gilbert Islands): 18,600 Americans engage 4,836 Japanese and Koreans until all organized resistance ends November 23. 6,472 infantry land on Makin… learn more

Diary November 19, 1943

Knocked out M4 Sherman tank

WW2 War Diary for Friday, November 19, 1943: Mediterranean Italy – BATTLE OF THE SANGRO (November 19-24): British establish small bridgeheads over the swollen river. Eastern Front Southern Sector: Germans recapture Zhitomir. Far East China – Siege of Changteh: Chinese… learn more

Diary November 18, 1943

Berliners walk to work after RAF raid

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, November 18, 1943: Air War Germany: BATTLE OF BERLIN. RAF launches 5-month-long series of massive night raids, designed to ‘wreck Berlin from end to end’ (Air Marshal Harris). 50 diversionary raids on other cities. 25,000t… learn more