Diary February 28, 1940

captured Russian T-37 light tanks

Diary for Wednesday, February 28, 1940: Finland Winter War: Finns storm entrenched camp of starving 34th Moscow Tank Brigade near Kitelae, capturing 105 tanks, 200 trucks and field cars. Home Fronts Britain: British Government limits the acquisition of Arab land… learn more

Diary February 28, 1945

M5 Stuart in captured village

Diary for Wednesday, February 28, 1945: Western Front US 1st Army crosses river Erth, 10 km from Cologne. Politics Allied-occupied Iran declares war on Japan. Saudi Arabia declares war on Germany and Japan. Sea War Pacific: Americans land on Palawan… learn more

Diary February 27, 1945

destroyed refugee trek

Diary for Tuesday, February 27, 1945: Russian Front Rokossovsky drives into Pomerania. Politics French-occupied Lebanon declares war on Germany and Japan. learn more

Diary February 26, 1945

B-17 on attack on Berlin

Diary for Monday, February 26, 1945: Air War Germany: 8th USAAF carries out 3,000 t. raid with 1,112 bombers on Berlin; 1/2 Million incendiaries dropped. Main targets: 3 railway stations (15 bombers and 7 escorts lost). RAF Mosquitoes bomb Berlin… learn more

Diary February 25, 1945

Roer valley 1945

Diary for Sunday, February 25, 1945: Western Front 1st and 9th US Armies break German defences at river Roer west of Cologne, capturing Düren and Jülich. learn more

Diary February 24, 1945

Japanese artillery defending Manila

Diary for Saturday, February 24, 1945: Philippines Americans crush desperate Japanese resistance in the Intramuros ­old walled quarter of Manila. Air War Germany: Colonel Ivan Kojedub, top­scoring Russian (and Allied) fighter ‘ace’ (62 victories), shoots down Me 262 over Berlin. learn more

Diary February 23, 1945

Flag rising Mt. Suribachi

Diary for Friday, February 23, 1945: Pacific Iwo Jima: Marines take Mt. Suribachi. Hoisting of US flag captured in classic photograph by Joe Rosenthal. Russian Front Poland – Siege of Poznan ends: Zhukov takes 23,000 prisoners. Western Front US 1st… learn more

Diary February 22, 1945

B-17 Fyling Fortress dropping bombs

Diary for Thursday, February 22, 1945: Air War Europe – OPERATION CLARION: 9,000 Allied bombers and fighters from bases in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Italy attack rail and road targets over 647,497 sq km of the Reich. 8th USAAF… learn more

Diary February 21, 1945

US M12 155mm self-propelled- gun

Diary for Wednesday, February 21, 1945: Western Front US 3rd Army attacks Saar-Moselle ‘triangle’. Sea War Pacific: Escort carrier Bismarck Sea sunk by Kamikaze planes off Iwo Jima. learn more

Diary February 20, 1945

By low-flying escort fighters killed civilians

Diary for Tuesday, February 20, 1945: Air War Germany: 900 B-17 Fortress blast passenger station and marshalling yards at Nuremburg. 700 escort fighters (23 lost) strafe locomotives, rolling stock, parked aircrafts and civilians. learn more

Diary February 19, 1945

landing crafts approaching Iwo Jima

Diary for Monday, February 19, 1945: Sea War Pacific – AMERICANS LAND ON IWO JIMA (Operation Detachment): 4th and 5th Marine divisions employed. Sergeant John Basilone, first enlisted US marine to receive Medal of Honor (1943), killed on Iwo Jima;… learn more

Diary February 18, 1945

American troops cross the Siegfried line

Diary for Sunday, February 18, 1945: Western Front Ardennes: US 3rd Army breaks through Siegfried Line, northwest of Echternach. Russian Front East Prussia: General Ivan D. Chernya­khovsky, commander of 3rd Byelorussian Front, fatally wounded near Königsberg; aged 40. Marshal Vassilevsky… learn more

Diary February 17, 1945

Fleeing from Eastern Germany

Diary for Saturday, February 17, 1945: Home Front Britain: World Trades Union Conference in London. learn more

Diary February 16, 1945

US soldiers prepare to shoot on Japanese on Corregidor

Diary for Friday, February 16, 1945: Air War Pacific: US PARATROOPS TAKE CORREGIDOR (Philippines). Germany: 263 USAAF bombers attacking Kiel and dropping 559 t of bombs. Sea War Pacific: 1,000 US carrier planes of TF 58 raid Tokyo and Yokohama… learn more

Diary February 15, 1945

destroyed Magdeburg

Diary for Thursday, February 15, 1945: Air War Germany: Dresden, Magdeburg and Cottbus attacked by 1,000 bombers of 8th USAAF. Western Front Canadians now hold 16-km front along west bank of the Rhine. learn more

Diary February 14, 1945

Volkssturm men admitted into a ditch

Diary for Wednesday, February 14, 1945: Russian Front Pomeriana: Zhukov captures Schneidemühl. Western Front Canadians repel four counter-attacks in Reichswald sector. Air War Europe: 8th USAAF completes Allied ‘triple blow’ against Dresden; also bombs Chemnitz, Magdeburg, Prague (in error) and… learn more

Diary February 13, 1945

Burning bodies of Dresden victims

Diary for Tuesday, February 13, 1945: Air War Germany: DESTRUCTION OF DRESDEN. 773 Lancaster bombers (5 lost) and 311 B-17 Fortress deliver ‘triple blow’ against this virtually undefended city near Russian Front, dropping 3,370 t. bombs, including c. 700,000 IBs.… learn more

Diary February 12, 1945

Red Army soldiers take German prisoners in Budapest.

Diary for Monday, February 12, 1945: Politics Peru declares war on Germany and Japan. learn more

Diary February 11, 1945

Three platoon leaders of a Panzergrenadier regiment on the Dutch border

Diary for Sunday, February 11, 1945: Western Front British enter Kleve. Home Fronts Germany: Entire gold reserves (c. 100 t.) transported from Berlin to salt mine near Eisenach. Americans capture it together with Merkers on April 4. learn more

Diary February 10, 1945

Russian tanks in Elbing

Diary for Saturday, February 10, 1945: Russian Front East Prussia: Rokossovsky captures Elbing and Preussisch-Eylau. Western Front Germans open flood gates of Schwammenauel Dam on river Roer, in attempt to halt advancing US forces. learn more