February 1942

Mar

20

1942

A Soviet army is trapped in the northern pine forests

20th March 1942: A Soviet army is trapped in the northern pine forests

As soon as our howitzers fired the first ranging shot, it was apparent that the many tall trees in this virgin forest would pose problems beyond just obscuring my observation of enemy movement. If one of our shells prematurely collided with a tree on its ascent, its impact would cause the tree to fall or shower splinters that might injure or kill any friendly troops around it.

Mar

19

1942

‘Typical Examples of Performance of His Majesty’s Ships’

19th March 1942: ‘Typical Examples of Performance of His Majesty’s Ships’

In an annex to the weekly Naval Military and Air Reports on the progress of the war, there was was a brief summary of the huge serviceability issues that arose from from warships being at sea for extended periods of time:

Mar

18

1942

U.S. government confronts ‘suspect’ Japanese within

18th March 1942: U.S. government confronts ‘suspect’ Japanese within

If this country doesn’t want me they can throw me out. What do they know about loyalty? I’m as loyal as anyone in this country. Maybe I’m as loyal as President Roosevelt. What business did they have asking me a question like that? I was born in Hawaii. I worked most of my life on the West Coast. I have never been to Japan. We would have done anything to show our loyalty.

Mar

17

1942

Belzec opens for business – Mass Murder

17th March 1942: Belzec opens for business – mass murder

Wirth had stationed me there because he thought me capable of having a calming effect on the Jews. After the Jews left the undressing hut I had to direct them to the gas chamber. I believe that I eased the way there for the Jews because they must have been convinced by my words or gestures that they really were going to be bathed.

Mar

16

1942

Fear and despair in the Lodz ghetto

16th March 1942: Fear and despair in the Lodz ghetto

How tragic is our life, how humiliating. We are treated worse than pigs. We Jews of the ghetto, we work so hard, we help them in the war, making beautiful things from rags – military uniforms, rugs, everything a person needs. They treat us worse than slaves. And this is life. Isn’t death better?

Mar

15

1942

Hitler remembers German war dead

15th March 1942: Hitler remembers German war dead

It was becoming vitally important for him again to influence opinion with his speeches. in this discourse he described the fierceness of the Russian winter and the enormous difiiculties which our soldiers had had to overcome. But he praised the German fighting men, who, despite the violence of the enemy and the severe weather, had helped to keep the front solid.

Mar

14

1942

Australia looks to United States in Pacific war

14th March 1942: Australia looks to United States as lead nation in Pacific

There is no belittling of the Old Country in this outlook. Britain has fought and won in the air the tremendous battle of Britain. Britain has fought, and with your strong help, has won, the equally vital battle of the Atlantic. She has a paramount obligation to supply all possible help to Russia. She cannot, at the same time, go all out in the Pacific.

Mar

13

1942

Desperate conditions on the Eastern Front

13th March 1942: Desperate conditions for the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front

The next day he found a Red Army corpse frozen stiff He tugged at his legs, but in vain. He grabbed an ax and took the man off at the thighs. Fragments of fleshflew everywhere. He bundled the two stumps under his arm and set them down in the oven, next to our lunch. By the time the potatoes were done, the legs were thawed out, and he pulled on the bloody felt boots. Having the dead meat next to our food bothered us as little as if someone had wrapped his frostbite between meals or cracked lice.

Mar

12

1942

Warship Week raises millions for the war effort

12th March 1942: Warship Week raises millions for the war effort

There was a long tradition of Royal Navy warships being ‘adopted’ by local areas – formal or informal links would be established between a town and a particular ship. Often the ships company would visit the ‘adopted’ area and there might be a parade. The ship’s Arms or a plaque would be displayed in the town council.

Mar

11

1942

U.S. forces continue the bitter fight for Bataan

11th March 1942: U.S. forces continue the bitter fight for Bataan

No man gave up. No man thought of surrendering. We had seen the mutilated bodies of our friends when they fell into Japanese hands. We knew the Japanese were not taking prisoners on the line and we felt sure no prisoners would be taken at all. So we held on for our lives, and prayed and waited for the help that was surely coming from the States.