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

War Diary December 29, 1944

Mine-planting in Belgium

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 29, 1944: Air War Europe: Lancaster and Halifax bombers are dropping patterns of 12,000-lb bombs on E-boat pens at Rotterdam. learn more

War Diary December 28, 1944

French SAS jeep

War Diary WW2 for Thursday, December 28, 1944: Western Front Eisenhower meets with Montgomery at Hasselt (Belgium) to concert Ardennes counter-offensive. learn more

War Diary December 27, 1944

Russian strike to the Gran

War Diary WW2 for Wednesday, December 27, 1944: Russian Front SIEGE OF BUDAPEST begins. Western Front 3rd US Army establishes ‘safe’ corridor to Bastogne. Air War Germany: 8th USAAF bombs rail targets at Coblenz, Bonn and Kaiserslau­tern. RAF night raids… learn more

War Diary December 26, 1944

First in Bastogne

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 26, 1944: Western Front Tanks of 4th Armoured Division (3rd US Army commanded by Patton) break through to Bastogne and relieve the garrison. Air War Europe: RAF Bomber Command makes devastating daylight attack on… learn more

War Diary December 25, 1944

US tanks stop German advance

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 25, 1944: Western Front German Panzers halted by US armour at Celles, 6 km east of the Meuse, having advanced 80 km since mid-December. Philippines Americans secure Leyte Island. Occupied countries Greece: Churchill and… learn more

War Diary December 24, 1944

Grenadiers in suburb of Budapest

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 24, 1944: Russian Front RUSSIAN TANKS ENTER BUDAPEST. Air War Europe: Allied Tactical Air Forces fly 600 sorties over the Ardennes; 260 planes drop supplies on Bastogne. Britain: 50 He 111s, modified to carry… learn more

War Diary December 23, 1944

US 90mm AA-gun firing on V-1

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 23, 1944: Air War Europe: Allied Tactical Air Forces fly 900 sorties against German armour and motor transports in the ‘Bulge’. 26 V-2s explode in Antwerp. Home Fronts USA: All horse-racing banned to save… learn more

War Diary December 22, 1944

Advancing German soldiers Ardennes

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 22, 1944: Western Front: Ardennes: Germans make the final effort to reach the Meuse and break through to Antwerp. General McAuliffe, commander US 101st airborne division at Bastogne, replies ‘NUTS!‘ to German surrender ultimatum.… learn more

War Diary December 21, 1944

SS Grenadiers advancing Ardennes

War Diary WW2 for Thursday, December 21, 1944: Western Front BASTOGNE BESIEGED. US 101st Airborne Division and 10th Armoured Division have to be supplied by air. Sea War German convoy runs into mine­field laid off Norway by FF submarine Rubis… learn more

War Diary December 20, 1944

GIs from the 7th Armored Division take a watchful rest in the streets of St Vith

War Diary WW2 for December 20, 1944: Western Front German Panzers reach Noville, north of Bastogne and Stavelot, north of St. Vith. learn more

War Diary December 19, 1944

captured US pioneer bridge

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 19, 1944: Western Front Montgomery to command all Allied forces north of the ‘Bulge’, including US 1st and 9th Armies; Bradley to command US 3rd Army and other forces to the South. German Panzers… learn more

War Diary December 18, 1944

Aircraft manufacturing in Nagoya.

War Diary WW2 for Monday, December 18, 1944: Air War Europe: RAF night bombers sink old battleship Schleswig-Holstein and 8 other ships at Gotenhafen (Gdynia). Pacific: B-29 Superfortress bomb Mitsubishi aircraft assembly works at Nagoya. 84 B-29s and 200 14th… learn more

War Diary December 17, 1944

Captured US GI's 'Battle of the Bulge'

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 17, 1944: Western Front Germans capture 9,000 Americans at Echternach, on extreme left flank of the ‘Bulge’. THE MALMEDY MASSACRE: Waffen-SS soldiers murder at least 71 captured American soldiers. Air War Germany: 243 RAF… learn more

War Diary December 16, 1944

Panther tank as M10 tank destroyer

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 16, 1944: Western Front BATTLE OF THE BULGE: Rundstedt and Model, under Hitler‘s direct command, launch surprise counter-offensive into the Ardennes on weakest sector of Allied line, held by 8th Corps, US 1st Army.… learn more

War Diary December 15, 1944

Lancaster with 12000-lb bomb

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 15, 1944: Air War Europe: Lancaster bombers escorted by Spitfires drop 12,000-lb. bombs on E-boat pens at Ijmuiden (Holland). Western Front 7th US Army enters Germany from Alsace. Burma Chinese capture Bhamo. Sea War… learn more

War Diary December 14, 1944

aircrafts on deck of carrier of Essex class

War Diary WW2 for Thurday, December 14, 1944: Sea War Pacific: TF 38 raids airfields on Luzon, destroying 170 Japanese aircraft for the loss of 65 US planes. Western Front Germans counter-attack at Colmar (Alsace). learn more

War Diary December 13, 1944

B-29 was forced down at sea

War Diary WW2 for Wednesday, December 13, 1944: Air War Pacific: B-29 Superfortress seriously damage Mitsubishi works at Nagoya. Germany: RAF bombers attacking Essen and dropping 2,354 t of bombs. Western Front Allied forces capture Fort Jeanne d’Arc – last… learn more

War Diary December 12, 1944

M12 155mm GMC provides fire support for US infantry

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 12, 1944: Western Front US 1st Army battles its way through the Hürtgen Forest to within 2 km of Düren. Air War Germany: Lancaster bombers escorted by P-51 Mustangs bomb Witten, only ‘virgin’ target… learn more