1942

Sep

9

1942

Montgomery prepares for the big assault

9th September 42: Montgomery prepares for the big assault

I had told Alexander privately that, in view of my promise to the soldiers, I refused to attack before October; if a September attack was ordered by Whitehall, they would have to get someone else to do it. My stock was rather high after Alam Halfa! We heard no more about a September attack.

Sep

8

1942

Holding out on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

8th September 1942: Holding out on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

The formations would join later in the air. The P-400’s and dive-bombers would fly away to work over the Jap territory. The Grummans would climb for altitude, test-firing their guns on the way. The whining of engines at high r.p.m., the chatter of machine guns, and settling dust.

Sep

7

1942

Hitler falls out with his High Command

7th September 1942: Hitler falls out with his High Command

F. got more worked up minute by minute, sensing the failure of the offensive, had harsh words for supply service, deficiency of initiative on the part of the higher field commanders, placed all blame on OKH, Chief of the General Staff and Jodl.

Sep

6

1942

HMS Saracen arrives in Malta

6th September 42: HMS Saracen arrives in Malta

We also had a surprise packet to deliver to Malta, nothing less than a “human torpedo,” similar to an ordinary torpedo but with a detachable warhead and adapted to take two men sitting astride in diving-suits; some of these weapons were at this time being assembled in Malta with the object of attacking the Italian naval bases.

Sep

5

1942

Japanese defeated at Milne Bay

5th September 42: Japanese defeated at Milne Bay

He returned to his section for more grenades and again advanced and silenced the second post. Armed with a Thomson submachine-gun, he then attacked the third post, firing from the hip as he went forward. He was seen to be badly hit by the fire from this post, but he continued to advance.

Sep

4

1942

Nazis order that children be ‘deported’

4th September 42: Nazis order that children be ‘deported’

Well, we – that is, I and my closest associates – thought first not about “How many will perish?” but “How many is it possible to save?” And we reached the conclusion that, however hard it would be for us, we should take the implementation of this order into our own hands.

Sep

3

1942

Coastal Command strike again

3rd September 42: Coastal Command strike again

On board a Whitley VII of No 502 Squadron during an anti-submarine patrol, August 1942. In the cramped cockpit the skipper consults with his navigator while the second pilot flies the aircraft.

Sep

2

1942

Japanese threaten British POWs in Singapore

2nd September 42: Japanese threaten British POWs in Singapore

Outside of the crammed barracks in the parade ground there was very little cover for the men and we baked in the sun. Our officers warned us that we would face a court martial if we signed and that the japanese were breaching the Geneva Convention that allows prisoners the right to attempt to escape without facing punishment. The japanese could not have cared less about the Geneva Convention and had no intention of observing it.

Sep

1

1942

Rommel gets bogged down

1st September 1942: Rommel gets bogged down

What most of us weren’t aware of, was that false maps of the area had been allowed to fall into enemy hands which indicated certain routes between the Qattara Depression and the two ridges as being ‘safe’, whilst others were dangerous, meaning soft and treacherous sandy going.

Aug

31

1942

Panzers halted at Battle of Alam Halfa

31st August 42: Panzers halted at Battle of Alam Halfa

There were estimated to be three and a half thousand tanks, troop carriers, armoured cars and transport vehicles spread out in the cauldron below. Forty enemy tanks had dug in immediately below us and were pounding the top of the ridge and another hundred enemy tanks were mustering to the north between the New Zealand Division and ourselves.