Diary May 31, 1945

US Marines in battle

Diary for Thursday, May 31, 1945: Okinawa 6th Marine Division runs into strong Japanese rearguard near Hill 46. Sea War Merchant shipping losses in May 1945: 3 Allied ships with 10,022 tons in Atlantic, 3 Allied ship with 7,176 tons… learn more

Diary May 30, 1945


Diary for Wednesday, May 30, 1945: Occupied countries Germany: Zhukov appointed Russian representative on Allied Control Commission. Iran: Foreign Minister demands withdrawal of all British, US and Russian forces. Home Fronts France: 100,000 German PoWs to be used to clear… learn more

Diary May 29, 1940

Boulton Paul P.82 Defiant

Diary for Wednesday, May 29, 1940: Air War Two elite units of Junkers Ju 88 bombers join assault on Dunkirk. Squadron of RAF Defiant two-seat fighters claim 37 ‘kills’ over Dunkirk (actual total: 14). Sea War 47,300 troops evacuated from… learn more

Diary May 29, 1945

US Marines at Shuri Castle

Diary for Tuesday, May 29, 1945: Okinawa Marines capture Shuri Castle, former Japanese HQ, and Shuri town (both are in total ruins). Syria Fighting between French forces and Syrian Nationalists in Damascus. British arrange cease-fire, May 31. Air War Pacific:… learn more

Diary May 28, 1945

US Marines before Naha, Okinawa

Diary for Monday, May 28, 1945: Okinawa US Marines advance to Naha Harbour and Kokuba Estuary. Occupied countries Germany: ‘Lord Haw-Haw‘ ‘William Joyce) captured by British troops. Sea War Atlantic: British Admiralty ends Atlantic convoy system. Pacific: US TF 58… learn more

Diary May 26, 1945

Corsairs over Okinawa

Diary for Saturday, May 26, 1945: Okinawa US guns and bombers pound Japanese troops withdrawing from Shuri Line. Occupied countries Germany: SHAEF HQ trans­ferred from Rheims to Frankfurt-am-Main. learn more

Diary May 25, 1945

Refugees heading westward in Germany

Diary for Friday, May 25, 1945: Secret War Allied European Commands asked not to reveal Ultra Secret. Home Fronts USA: Over 60 casualties in Wast at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. learn more

Diary May 24, 1945

Japanese suicide squad

Diary for Thursday, May 24, 1945: Okinawa 9 Japanese bomber-transports approach the island (8 lost); survivor crash­lands 12-man suicide squad on Yontan airfield, which destroys 8 planes, petrol and ammunition dumps before being over­whelmed. Japanese counter-attack on Oboe Hill. New… learn more

Diary May 23, 1945

Diary for Wednesday, May 23, 1945: Occupied countries Germany: Members of Dönitz Government, German High Command and General Staff, taken into custody and interned aboard liner Patria in Flensburg harbour. Admiral von Friedeburg commits suicide. Himmler commits suicide; buried on… learn more

Diary May 22, 1940

RAF Fairey Battle bombers escorted by French Curtiss Hawk fighters

Diary for Wednesday, May 22, 1940: Air War RAF bomb German communications and dumps on river Meuse near Namur and north of river Aisne. Attempted raid on Leipzig power station (night May 22-23). Western Front Guderian‘s Panzer Corps strikes north… learn more

Diary May 22, 1945

mud-filled pit

Diary for Tuesday, May 22, 1945: Okinawa Persistent heavy rain until early June seriously reduces mobility of US armor and gives Japanese respite, during which they evacuate wounded and equipment from Shuri Line. Marines cross river Asato. Occupied countries Germany:… learn more

Diary May 21, 1945

Japanese boy volunteer

Diary for Monday, May 21, 1945: Home Fronts Japan: 2 million students mobilized in ‘Student Defence Corps’. USA: Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall. Okinawa Americans capture Sugar Hill – exposing right flank of Shuri Line. Japanese decide to withdraw farther… learn more