Diary January 18, 1944

market place in Dammen (near Oslo) at the beginning of 1944

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 18, 1944: Home Fronts Britain: Churchill returns from North Africa. learn more

Diary January 17, 1944

Omar Nelson Bradley

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 17, 1944: Home Fronts USA: Lieutenant-General Omar N Bradley appointed to command US Army in the Field, under Eisenhower. Mediterranean Italy: British 10th Corps of 5th US Army crosses river Garigliano. learn more

Diary January 16, 1944

formation of B-17 Flying Fortress

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 16, 1944: Air War Germany: B-17 Fortress attack Messerschmitt factory at Klagenfurt (Austria). Pacific New Britain: Americans defeat final Japanese counter-attack on New Britain. learn more

Diary January 15, 1944

French tank destroyers M10 Wolverine

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 15, 1944: Mediterranean Italy: 5th US Army captures Monte Trocchio. Germans pull back over river Rapido. Neutrals Argentina: Earthquake destroys city of San Juan (c.1,600 killed). learn more

Diary January 14, 1944

T-34 Model 1943

WW2 War Diary for Friday, January 14, 1944: Eastern Front Northern Sector: FINAL RUSSIAN COUNTER-OFFENSIVE AT LENINGRAD. 1,000 guns and 17 warships of Baltic Fleet pour 500,000 shells into Finnskoyo-Koirovo sector. Central Sector: Russians capture 5 towns in Byelorussia. Air… learn more

Diary January 13, 1944

Soviet anti-tank gun

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, January 13, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Korets (Rovno sector) taken by Russians. learn more

Diary January 12, 1944

Men of a North African unit of Juin's French corps

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, January 12, 1944: Mediterranean Italy: General Juin’s French Expeditionary Corps captures important German strong-points near Monte Santa Croce, north of Cassino (January 12-14). 5th US Army captures Cervara. Eastern Front Southern Sector: Sarny rail junction… learn more

Diary January 11, 1944

Japanese light cruiser 'Kuma'

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 11, 1944: Sea War Indian Ocean: Japanese cruiser Kuma sunk by British submarine Tally Ho. U-boats of Monsun group sink 17 ships (January-March), but British warships intercept 2 re-fuelling tankers (both scuttled). Eastern Front… learn more

Diary January 10, 1944

Ash clouds over Mount Vesuvius

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 10, 1944: Mediterranean Italy: 5th US Army crosses river Peccia. Südost-Asien Burma: British troops capture Maungdaw. learn more

Diary January 9, 1944

guard at the Fuehrer's headquarters

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 9, 1944: Home Fronts USA: Major-General Bedell Smith appointed COS to General Eisenhower. Antanas Smetona, ex-dictator of Lithuania, killed in fire at Cleveland, Ohio; aged 69. learn more

Diary January 8, 1944

first Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star prototype

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 8, 1944: Air War USA:: First flight of Lockheed XP-80 Shooting Star jet fighter from Muroc Dry Lake. 5,000 ordered, but none operational before VJ-Day. Britain: ACM Sir Sholto Douglas appointed C-in-C Coastal Command.… learn more

Diary January 7, 1944

trapped German soldiers

WW2 War Diary for Friday, January 7, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Koniev’s 2nd UF breaks through in Kirovograd sector – creating a ‘bulge’ 40 km deep by 97 km across. Home Fronts USA: Death of Mrs Lou Henry Hoover,… learn more

Diary January 6, 1944

T-34-85 Model 1943

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, January 6, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Rokitno (East Poland) captured by Russians. Air War Britain/USA: Joint RAF-USAAF statement discloses the hitherto secret development of jet aircraft in Britain and USA. Full details of the… learn more

Diary January 5, 1944

Soviet war victims.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, January 5, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Russian 2nd UF drives salient into German lines at Kirovograd, south of Kiev (January 5-8). Mediterranean Italy: Lieutenant-General Leese appointed GOC British 8th Army. 5th US Army attacks… learn more

Diary January 4, 1944

SU-76 self-propelled guns is crossing the Polish pre-war border

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 4, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Red Army cross Polish frontier near Olevsk; Byelaya Tserkov, 64 km southwest of Kiev, captured. Mediterranean Italy: 5th US Army begins crossing river Peccia. Occupied Territories Greece: 3… learn more

Diary January 3, 1944

German Hornisse tank destroyers

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 3, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Red Army now 15 miles (24 km) from old Polish frontier. Air War Germany: 311 RAF bombers attacking Berlin and dropping 1,116t of bombs. learn more

Diary January 2, 1944

B-17 at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 2, 1944: Air War Pacific: First of 14 Allied bombing raids on airfields and shipping at Rabaul during the month. Germany: 386 RAF bombers attacking Berlin and dropping 1,401t of bombs. Sea War Pacific:… learn more

Diary January 1, 1944

Luftwaffe soldiers deployed as firefighters

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 1, 1944: Air War Germany: RAF raids Berlin on six nights in January. Eastern Front Southern Sector: Russians capture Belokovorichi, only 43 km east of old Polish frontier. Home Front Britain: Death of Sir… learn more

War Diary December 31, 1944

Lancaster-Bomber Winter 1944/45

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 31, 1944: Air War Germany: RAF attacks Solingen marshalling yards. Sea War Merchant shipping losses in December 1944: 19 Allied ships with 91,097 tons in Atlantic, 7 Allied ships with 43,816 tons elsewhere. 43… learn more

War Diary December 30, 1944

Coming in from manning a night roadblock

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 30, 1944: Western Front Fierce fighting in Houffalize–Bastogne sector in the Ardennes. Occupied countries Greece: Archbishop Damas­kinos appointed Regent. Air WAr Germany: 337 RAF bombers attacking Scholven-Buer. learn more