This page is intended for general comments about World War II Today. Observations, corrections or appeals for information about specific events are probably best left with the individual entries.

I am certainly no ‘expert’ on the War, this blog is a process of exploration and learning for me. This is very much a generalist site covering as wide a perspective as possible. So I am always happy to signpost to places where people can learn more. Quite a few people have left encouraging comments but I am equally open to feedback of just about any kind – although as a general guide I have yet to approve any comment that has been signed off “Heil Hitler” or similar. Suggestions about material to cover, particularly from first hand memoirs or contemporary records, are always welcome.

Thanks for your support

Martin Cherrett

218 thoughts on “Guestbook”

  1. Martin,

    I want to thank you for the marvelous effort you have done to keep the history alive. As the years pass, more and more of the stories and lessons learned are not being passed on to the next generation. What we learned out of this terrible conflict should not be forgotten. Your work is magnificent and I know everyone who comes here appreciates all you do. Thank you…

  2. One of the <10 websites I check everyday. Thank you. Good luck with transition to new software. I'm sure the site will look even better after the kinks are worked out.

    The content is what I'm here for so I'm patient.

  3. Interesting excerpt from Accidental Warrior. My father-in-law was a corporal in command of a pair of mortars in Picot’s platoon. He said there were a few ’embellishments’ in the text and quite a few important actions missed out. BTW, he wasn’t one of the troops who overslept!! He did say that Picot was a little ‘dry’ and stand-offish, but was a very good and intelligent artilleryman.

  4. This morning I’ve been reading back through some of the comments on the site. My interest is in German WW2 history. My mother is German, grew up in Duesseldorf, was evacuated with family to Pomerania in 42, taken by the Russians in 44 and escaped back to her village of Glowitz. The family made it back to Duesseldorf in July 45 after walking most of the way.

    My Opa was in the 153 Brandenburg Grenadier Division and fought through the whole of the war including the Narvik and Kuban campaigns to the last day. His unit was part of the fanatical Field Marshal Ferdinand Schorner’s army group south, they were forbidden to surrender. He was captured on 8th May 45 capitulation day and taken into Russian captivity, released eventually in Sept 49.

    When my dad died mum started writing a book of her war experiences (Innocence lost – Else Elfriede Hopp (Burt)) available on Amazon books she published in 2013. She’s 90 this year and we’re just finishing the follow-up book. worth a read if anyone is interested in the civilian aspect of the war and forced evacuation to the east.

  5. What a find – I think this is a great site, and you include the Burma Campaign – fantastic. We must NOT forget the men and women of this terrible campaign, hence my book about the Wasbies, (Women’s Auxiliary Service (Burma), who ran a canteen service for the men of the 14th Army, often close to the front line and within the sound of gunfire.
    Thank you so much – I shall continue to read your blogs.

  6. Always interesting and informative but the timeline you posted for June 6th was excellent. You obviously put considerable work and time into that.
    Thank you.

  7. I lived and worked in Coventry for five years, in the early 60s, so have some interest in the city. The city’s industries were important in WW2 and the bombing of the city is an important part of its history. The accounts on this site cover it well.
    Recently while visiting Lindau on Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Germany, I came across a Friedensschaule – a Peace Pillar. This was erected 50 years after the destruction of Coventry Cathedral. It commemorates the events and prays for peace – Dona Nobis Pacem. It is situated in Lindenhof Park where there is a Museum Of Peace.
    Just up the lake shore is Freidrickshafen, where the Dornier and Zeppelin aircraft factories were situated.
    The monument is very plain and simple, on the lakeside. The park is large, peaceful with lovely walks and with views over to Switzerland.

  8. A wonderful descriptive and well researched website – one of the best on the net. Please continue with your fine work. Important part of all of our history – no matter which country you are from.

  9. Thanks for your kind comments.

    Unfortunately my archives did not survive a WordPress update affecting categories. I need to find the time to rebuild them – which I will do in due course. In the meantime most searches find the month and year and you can navigate to a specific day from there.

  10. Martin – this is a fantastic site, and an even more important resource. A am fascinated by your daily articles which I sadly only recently have come across (but now read daily). I am sorry to have missed so many earlier issues. So, I would ask one thing – your search feature does not allow me to look at a particular date of significance, or I just don’t understand how to use the search. I put in a date of 23 February 1941, and I get random results which may not even be in February. Am I missing something, or would you be able to provide a more robust search feature?

  11. Just a quick note to say how much I enjoy your site, which I’ve only just come across. One thing; your PzIII special on 30th November 1943 looks more like a Stug III assault gun to me. Built on the PzIII chassis, but still a Stug. Keep up the good work.

  12. hello im a carer companion and wish to share a storey from a soldier who was in the uks 7th armoured coredivision 1942/45 ive spent 7 years caring/befriending and listenng to hes fascinating path and life storey. landing on gold beach towards Holland and ending in Italy harry henry brady I call him henry and still visit him twice a week. to this day states someone was looking over him all the way, a Churchill tank driver/engineer/gunner a brilliant boxer said goodbye to hes brother in England and by chance met him next at a cinema in Italy. capturing a german soldier on a forrest road, watching afar a german panzer hit by a tank buster. while driving explaining how either side were tank flame throwers. entering on the third day because of bad weather, holding up on a bridge being the leading tank. but a few to share and hope some one he may of known makes a contact so I can relay a message, thank you

  13. This Web site is getting close to the last I will use,”Depending on my best used by date”

    My best mate was My g/d Captain Alfred Edward Berry on the Tug “Bramley Moore” on the Mersey. He was due to retire just before WW2 started and was requested to stay on the “Bramley Moore” till VE Day. He lived another 10 years and had a grand life.

    My second best mate was my uncle Edmund Kennet Buck. He was in the 13th Kings Liverpool Rifles and maried to my aunt Marjorie, my mothers sister. He taught me to march and all the rifle drills. He sailed on the SS Oronsay 7th December 1941 for Durban South Africa. Then Two ships “Duchess of Athol from Durban which broke down and limped back to Durban. Then transhiped to the Andes and Arrived at Bombay mid June, 1942. By train to Gough Barracks, Secunderabad, India. To train for Jungle and Bamboo forest War fare. Under Brigadier Ord Wingate. He also had a second Operation, Operation Thursday.
    There is some talk of him being in one of the first two SAS Regiments. He came through the Burma Campaign, no wounds or hospitalisation. Returned to the Uk late 1943. His wife had taken off. he stayed in Liverpool for a few months to sell the house and settle Divorce. Little boys shall be seen and not heard. So I never saw him again. Managed to speak to him on the phone when he moved down to London. Where his mother and Step father lived. Just hoping a Kingsman or SAS may remember him. this is as did say probably my last shot. Thank You for bearing with me. Best Regards Ken B

  14. Thank you very much for this site.
    Your work is great and I wait every day your update.
    I belived to know ww2 history but now I know there is lot to learn.

  15. Unfortunately the archives were ‘broken’ by a recent ‘upgrade’. I am trying to find the time to rebuild them. In the meantime search works pretty well for any particular date. But the blog as a whole is stuck on the 75th anniversary of the war. We will return to 1940 in a couple of years time – on the 80th anniversary.

  16. How do I get your site to begin on this day in 1940? It keeps coming up with 1943.

    I am using Ubuntu OS. Maybe that’s the problem.
    Thanks, Jack

  17. Hi Martin,
    Been reading the website almost every day for a year now. I have learnt so much! Thank you for the creation and upkeep of the site.

  18. I just wanted to take the opportunity to say how much I enjoy this blog. As an avid reader of WWII literature and a former history minor at my college

  19. Many thanks for this site.

    The entry for 30 September 1943 pertains to my wifes’ grandfather’s death. Thank you for furnishing this information.

  20. Martin – Stumbled on your incredible site through an unrelated image search. In your WWII Today coverage for 14 Oct 1940, Disaster at Balham Tube station, you picture a closed double decker in the crater but further on show an open-top bus being lifted. Something doesn’t tally there. The second picture is definitely NOT the closed bus with its top ripped off; it’s a Type B bus with some of the railings still in place. Sam, III

  21. My dad clambered over the ruins after the mine dropped in Clacton and i have a piece of shrapnel with the German eagle stamped on it that he found. He climbed on top of the “hot water tank” that turned out to be a torpedo.

  22. Found this site a couple years ago. It helped my understand many things about my relatives. My Grandpa John was in WWI, My Dad Reno US Army, his brother Leo USN were in WWII. Dad was blown out of a jeep in the Aleutians and Uncle Lee was Okinawa. My Uncle Chuck Sholestrum was a AF Bomber Pilot in WII, Another Uncle Stern was a Marine and fought on many islands on the way to Japan. He suffered badly and after the war became a recluse and never went out of the house – he was a great guy. My Brother Larry US Army and myself USN did two tours in Viet Nam. Larry died from AO about 5 years ago. 71 now and think about all those who served. The friends we had that died on the line or shortly after being discharged. Lost a school buddy George Yocum US Marine who died in Viet Nam. His Dad took it real hard. When I came home on leave he asked by George had to die – I could only say he did his duty like so many other’s and you never know when your number is up. It broke his heart and mine to since we grew up together. None of us were drafted we enlisted we felt it was our duty to serve since all our relatives served we felt we had to as well. I don’t regret it but its tough to loose so many friends and buddies during and even after the wars. I still keep in touch with one Jere Morris who lives in Lancaster, PA we served together and still talk at least once a year. I salute all those who’ve served and remember all those we lost – God Bless American and those serving and those who’ve served.

    Wayne (aka: Boats)

  23. All of the site is available using search but unfortunately the menu system collapsed with the latest update to WordPress. Planning a new build in early 2018.

  24. On the October 26 1942 page, that may not be a “V for Victory” gesture the Tommy is giving the two Germans. I think it’s a much ruder gesture from a much earlier time

  25. I enjoyed reading your account of the Dieppe raid (Aug 19, 1942).

    There is a recent re-interpretation of the purpose of the Dieppe raid. This view is that it was an elaborate attempt to pinch code books and a 4 rotor Enigma machine from a German communications station located quite near the beach at Dieppe.

    Here is quite a good summary:

    I have no idea whether this view is correct but it appears to have a good research basis and certainly makes for fascinating reading. Knowing the true purpose of this costly venture would be at least some comfort to the few remaining Dieppe veterans.

  26. Re First Civilian Deaths in England

    My dad clambered over the ruins after the mine dropped in Clacton and i have a piece of shrapnel with the German eagle stamped on it that he found. He climbed on top of the “hot water tank” that turned out to be a torpedo.

  27. Hello – My grandfather was James P. Casey of Newport RI. He was assigned to the 36th division of the 5th army, company F I believe, under Mark W. Clark. He crossed the rapido river on January 21st, 1944 and took part in the battle of Monte Cassino , where he received his first bullet wound, which would be the first of 6 purple hearts and a bronze star. He passed away peacefully about 2 weeks ago surrounded by ten children and his wife of 66 years. He had the unenviable distinction of being, (although I’m not sure if it was surpassed later), the most wounded soldier out of 10 million G.I.’s who served in WWII, and was written up in the Stars and Stripes newspaper. He later became a trappist monk for two years and married Audrey Barton, in Rhode Island, who had her own hell during the war, where she was placed in the Stanley Japanese internment camp for 3 1/2 years. James became a calligrapher and stone carver, carving many noteable works, including Rockefellers credo at Rockefeller center, The JKF memorial, and others. Their story is amazing, and I was wondering if anyone knew him or knew of him, or where I could find more information about him in the war. Thanks.

  28. Hi Nieto

    Thanks for getting touch.

    Can I use or obtain the photographs that appear on this site?

    There are several aspects to this question which I have summarised on my FAQ Page.

    Please see

  29. My dad, John Marvin Young was on the SS Paul Hamilton when it was hit by a German aerial torpedo on April 20th 1942. He was a recon pilot heading to an undisclosed location in N. Africa I presume when this tragic event took place. RIP Dad.

  30. Dear Mr. Cherrett,

    Thank you very much for the research information you share.
    The content is very interesting. I am currently working as a researcher for a documentary film about “The Last Days of Hitler”. The themes and photographs you present in your blog are very interesting. Do you keep the image data (source, author, shooting dates, caption) and will you agree to share them?

    In advance, I thank you sir,

    Best regards

  31. My dad was on HMS ORION – one of the two last remaining ships which were the convoy that OHIO was part of. Whilst ORION received much acclaim, nothing has ever been said about the very last two ships who took the bombs with her and escorted her the entire journey to Malta and handed her over to be dragged into Grand Harbour.

  32. My dad Cyril Franklin Brown, an electrical mehanic was on the Eagle when it sunk in 1942. He is 96 in June 2017. Still going strong. He couldn’t even swim, yet he survived!!!

  33. Thank you for a very good site, it has become part of my daily routine to visit it.

    While not condoning in any way the appalling Japanese treatment of prisoners during the war it is interesting to note that Japan was not one of the countries that signed the 1929 Geneva convention although Germany did.

  34. A most impressive website, which keep returning to.

    I am researching World War 2 poetry, and have started a related blog. The most recent posts
    looked at Scottish poets participating in the North Africa campaign, and Siegfried Sassoon’s influence on World War 2 poetry. Hopefully the next post will feature poetry from the siege of Malta.

  35. I’ve just discovered this site and have spent a few hours skimming through it ,thank you so much for your work in creating this . My father was in #2 British Army Commando and served in Sicily ,Italy ,Yugoslavia based on the island of Vis with Tito, and Albania . I am very much interested in anything Commando related .Also, my wife’s grandfather served with the 2nd Field Regiment in Sicily ,Italy ,Belgium and Holland . I can foresee many future hours spent searching this site .
    Thank You

  36. Great site. I am currently working on a book of my Dad’s war service, having recently come across a diary he kept during his time with the Med fleet in 1942. In it he talks of convoys between Alexandria and Tobruk, Alexandria and Malta, and eventually the evacuation of non-essential personnel from Alexandria and Port Said. I will definitely be looking on here again. Keep up the great work

  37. I found this website very informative and it helps me learn more on the war, thank you for doing this and I must say keep up the good work. Though one thing that I found lacking was any note of Simo Häyhä a Finish Sniper who in under 100 days during the winter war killed over 500 soviets earning him the reputation as one of the most effective snipers in history. All together thank you for everything you are doing it is a great resource for anyone looking to learn a great deal more on the war.

  38. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. It was very interesting and informative!

    Thank you!

  39. Your brilliant researches are an inspiration. I am writing a history of HMY Sheemaun, a R.N. Thames Estuary armed Patrol Boat in WW2. One of her later owners was Rear Admiral GTS Gray DSC. OM. Gray was serving on HMS Ladybird when on the Yangtse, He was ashore in hospital an watched the Japanese bombing the Chinese and the ships from his ward window.

    Best wishes,

    Dr Rodney Pell

  40. Dear, it seems to me you completely forgot how the WWII started. No word about breaking the agreement by UK and France with Czechoslovakia and German occupation of Czechoslovakia. I strongly believe that it is one of the most important lessons we should not forget ( see Ukraine and Russia – exactly the same scenario.).

  41. I absolutely love your website! I’ve been a daily reader for several years. Thank you so much for the work you do putting the site together. Only one small favor, occasionally the linked videos are not available. They are “private” or “not available in your area”. Can this be fixed or overridden?

  42. My early years were the WWII years. We would hear our parents talking about it and see newsreels at the movie theatre on Hitler and the war. We were to young to understand any of the specifics.

    We did play games revolving around it such as “step on a crack and break Hitler’s back.” We would jump on sidewalk cracks playing that game.

    One day my mother and aunt took my cousin and I along shopping. We were in the basement of a large department store filled with shoppers. Just standing around was very boring for two five year olds so it wasn’t long before we wandered off and came up with an idea for a new game. We had seen this in plenty of movie newsreels. We took turns running up the basement steps where we would stop, then quickly turn around with arm outstretched and yell ” heil hitler.”

    Well it wasn’t long before we drew a large crowd of people. Thinking they must like what we were doing, we continued. Finally our mothers noticed the large crowd and came over to see what was going on. I still remember the looks of horror on their faces as they quickly dropped their new purchases and ran to get us out of that store as quickly as they possibly could.

    Needless to say, that was the last time we ever played that game.

  43. @Michael I can assure you that very little will be deleted during the course of the ‘second’ run, and certainly no links to books. It took me a little while to develop the feel of the blog and to concentrate on the personnel memoirs. I reproduced more government reports during 1940 and 1941. I have been pleased to be able to add quite a few more photographs so far and a number of new memoirs – and I hope to do even more. I am also working on ways of accessing the posts more thematically. regards Martin

  44. Martin,

    On your first pass through WW2 (70th anniversary), you often excerpted material from books featuring first-hand accounts of soldiers. I know I can find them by searching through the earlier posts, but I was wondering if you could set up a tab which collects links to these books. My concern is also that, as you pass through the years again, these posts will be replaced with new ones (also excellent!) and I won’t be able to find the books I remember wanting to read. Many thanks again for this wonderful site.

  45. Hello
    After my dad passed, I had a number if documents regarding his experience as a Polish POW in WWII. I created a blog detailing my research efforts to share with others. The link is:

  46. Under the pull down menu for 1945 there is nothing for August… how do I find events for August 1945??? Great site. Thanks for all your work.

  47. I just wanted to express my enthusiasm, not just about the great content, and clean design of this website, but in the very well-executed user-experience. the idea of a sequential walk through history such as this is really clever.

    great work guys

  48. This is a great example of what a tribute site can be, Vic has managed to collect together a huge range of material relating to his father and No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron. Well worth a look for anyone interested in the bomber war.

  49. What a great achievement so far Martin. Well done!
    Some of your followers might also be interested in this:
    My dad was a flight engineer with No. 75(New Zealand) Squadron and in 2012 I decided to chronicle his war-time experiences for the benefit of the family members he was never to meet. This modest project soon became all-consuming, led to contact being made with all bar one of the families of his crew and enabled me to tell some incredible stories of courage, sacrifice and betrayal.

  50. Martin,

    Welcome back! I know it must seem a slog to post something of high quality every day. That you have done so almost every day for the past 6 years is astonishing. I didn’t realize how much I looked forward to reading your posts until the last couple of days when there was a break.
    Thanks for all you do.

  51. Martin

    I have just found your website today. Thank you so much for putting all this information together.

    I have been trying to find out more about my uncle, F/S W Thornhill, who was a wireless operator in the RAF. I knew that he had been reported missing in action on 25 April 1941 but have only recently found out that he and the rest of his crew were lost on a mission to Kiel. He was twenty-four and had been married a month at the time. His widow never remarried and my mother always deeply mourned the loss of her brother and best friend. It is useful to find out at least some details of his last hours. If anyone else knows any more, I would be really grateful to hear of it.

    Thanks again.

  52. Martin
    Your pages have become part of my daily routine since 2013. I’m relieved that you’ve hit rewind and we’re back in 1940. Grew up with stories about ‘lone Heinkels droning over t’ moors at night, looking for t’ secret Rolls Royce engine factory,’ near Barnoldswick. Was taken to a crash site aged 6ish. An uncle served aboard HMS Ark Royal. Little wonder I’ve read obsessively about matters WW2 all my life. Your day-by-day chronology imparts a real-time context to events as they unfolded during my parents childhood. Long transported from the British Isles and out of touch with my people, this has helped me understand my cultural roots.
    Brilliant work.

  53. My father was in the RASC (1 field Butchery) during the evacuation from Greece in April 1941. His Casualty card stated that he was lost at sea 25/26th April 1941. For many, many years I have researched for more details of my father’s sad end, but information seems to be scant and hard to find. Sometimes it appears that doors keep closing. It would be nice to hear from someone who had a family member who was involved in the same campaign named “DEMON”.

  54. Today’s post for May 14, 1940 shows a photograph of a Dutch officer carrying a white flag of surrender. Recently Google featured 100 photographs from a Dutch museum exhibit on WWII, and that flag is one of the artifacts. It is a piece of canvas or flannel nailed to a broom handle, and it is spotted with a wounded soldiers blood. Seeing the bloodstains in the photograph, I instantly recognized it as the flag from the Rijksmuseum exhibit, still bloody 75 years later.

  55. Have just discovered this blog and have enjoyed reading it. I lived in Earls Court in London during Ww2, and have tried to find out whether it was a V1 or V2 rocket that fell there on Nevern Square one sunny Sunday afternoon, it demolished several blocks of mansion flats nd blew all our windows in, luckily there were few casualties because due the lovely weather most people who lived there were out. The only casualty we had was a bowl of tinned fruit on the table which was covered in dust and glass, my grandmother had left it there and gone into he kitchen to fetch something when the explosion happened, she was furious as it was a precious rationed luxury only opened for my aunt on leave from the ATS.
    Look forward to reading more from you

  56. At some point it becomes necessary to ‘restart the war’ 75 years after the event on the leading page of World War II Today. Conveniently the war in Europe ended on 8th May 1945, it had begun in earnest on 10th May 1040 ( I realise the Poles, Danes and Norwegians might not wholly agree – although the stories from the first months of the war 1939-1940 remain accessible in the WWII Today archives).

    So, as from May 10th 2015 World War II Today begins retelling the dramatic events of 75 years ago; the first battles in France, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the beginning of the Blitz. World War II Today will continue to follow the events in Burma, Japan and the Far East through to August 1945, although not every day.

    I hope many of you will wish to keep following the war as I add more pictures, newsreels and new stories in the coming months and years. I shall also be developing new ways of exploring the hundreds of different stories already here.

    Thank you to all those who have sent words of support over the years – your encouragement has kept me going and is much appreciated. It has been a fascinating journey of exploration for me – and it is far from over yet!

    I realise it is a bit awkward to have a cross-over period of a few months covering both 1940 and 1945. Nevertheless it does seem to be the most natural point to make a break.

    best regards


  57. Hello Martin,

    Your work is fantastic and a daily ready. Over the past few years I have introduced many people to your work. One question is after May 10 of 2015, the website is now defaulting back to 1940 – was this on purpose?


  58. Thank you for all the work you have done on this site! It’s awesome.
    I use this site among other sites (and there are NOT many out there unfortunately) for my own research to gather info & photos to write as journalist during 1940 (News Flash events of the day 75 years ago).
    Aki Solomos
    Freelance Journalist -The Roving Reporter

  59. Just wanted to post my father’s website for all that are interested in World War 2… A link to his book is on his site on the home page. He is still living and 91 years old. He was a navigator on the B17 completed 34 missions and shot down on his 35th and became a POW…

  60. I can’t tell you how much these daily posts have meant to me. Each brings light to the human cost of war in a way that more official history doesn’t. And the photos make the narrative even more vivid. For all of my reading, I’ve never quite “felt” the war like this before. Thank you so much.

  61. This has been such an enjoyable read over the years.

    I am wondering, do you have any plans of putting your blog posts into a compendium of sorts, either electronically or even in print? I think a print version would actually go over very well. A day-by-day account of World War 2 would be very unique amongst the huge amount of literature on the subject.

    Keep up the great work. In the home stretch now!

  62. My Father was aboard the SS Macbeth, so I am trying learn all about the PQ18 Convoy. This is all very interesting.

  63. I would like to thank you for including a chronicle of my Uncle, Dr. Charles Krakauer killed in the RAP in Ortona. I never met him but understood that he was loved by many. Please continue your good work in memorializing our brave Canadian soldiers who fought during WWII

  64. I continue to admire the daily accounts of the war and the selections you make from memoirs of veterans, action reports and the like. I submit for your consideration a passage from the official history of the 377th US infantry regiment (a part of the 95th division, Third Army), which I think well captures the desperate fighting which was taking place in freezing temperatures in early December in the Saar valley where the Third Army was probing some of the strongest points of the Siegried Line (West Wall). The account of house to house fighting and pillbox reduction in Fraulautern is truly gripping. It begins on page 72 in the following link:

    Michael Foley

  65. This is a wonderful blog. I came upon it about six months ago after I asked myself, “I wish there was a way to follow World War II the way people followed it back then – day by day. I Googled and there you were! I particularly like the way it is written as a contemporary account. I met a woman who had been in a concentration camp and asked her, “Did you ever have any idea what was going on outside the camp? That the Germans were losing?” She said “no.” I wanted the kind of information that would make me eager to read tomorrow’s “news.” You have fulfilled that wish for me. Thanks.

  66. I am like a dog with two tails today. I received my Late Uncle, LS William Cowie X18803A, Arctic Star and Arctic Emblem. He was a Stoker aboard HMS Acasta H09 and I was led to believe his station was at the TTubes, though I can’t be sure. Have been reading your site and the articles about the action involving the GLARAC Ships and will continue as time dictates. Excellent!

  67. Hi Martin,

    I would like to praise you on your blog. The immense time obviously taken to detail the data you have accumulated is fantastic. As a fellow historian and historical author of fiction and non-fiction I can certainly appreciate the amount of research and hard work you constantly put in.

    When I wrote my non-fiction history book “Smithy’s War” the research alone took me almost ten years to complete the job. The book is available at

    My current work-in-progress is a fiction romance set in WWII which I am writing using a pen name. And whilst researching material – specifically February 1941 (sadly your site was not able to help me) that I stumbled upon your blog.

    Thanks anyway for the wonderful time I took to read many of the entries. And you can be sure I will be a regular visitor from now on.

    Wishing you all the best

    Robert L J Borg a.k.a. Louise Roberts

  68. Great site I am involved in researching RAF RIccall if anyone can help or you worked or trained there please contact me

  69. Michael

    Thanks for your comments and glad you like the site. It really was a long war, something I truly understand now! Thanks for the heads up on the US 95th Infantry Division, and the 377th, its always good to get some hints for stories, especially with good advance notice. Your link has some really good material on a number of different US regiments.


  70. I have been following WW2TODAY for the past year, reading each new day’s entry and a full week’s worth of entries from the start of the war to the latest day. This blog really brings the actual reality of the war to life in all its grimness. It also brings out just how LONG the war lasted. I was exhausted back in Sicily! And to think some of these soldiers were going now into their fifth winter of the war!!
    I was also wondering if you were planning to devote any attention to the capture of the fortress city of Metz by the US 95th Infantry Division (in late November 1944). As a city on the confluence of several rivers at flood stage surrounded by Maginot Line fortresses, its capture was a great achievement. If you are interested, here is a link to the 377th Infantry Regiment’s history of its actions, which has a lot of close detail of the action there. This was my late father’s unit (company E).

    Many many thanks for this website.

  71. Deeply impressed at the level of commitment you’ve shown.

    Memorial Ceremony Nijmegen 25 September

    Starting at 4.30pm on the 25th of September, a commemoration will take place in the Petruskerk in Hees, Nijmegen, marking seventy years since the crash of a British Mitchell Mk.II medium bomber close to the church, resulting in the deaths of both Air Force personnel and Dutch civilians. This is to be a very unusual memorial service due to the length of the intervening time, and also important, with the Mayor of Nijmegen Hubert Bruls, a 95-year old eyewitness, members of 320 Squadron, and relatives of the air crew, and finishing with a Spitfire flypast! More information here…

    and here…


  72. I have been following this since 2010 and I am absolutely stunned by the level of detail and effort that has gone into making this happen. It also gives some feel into how rapid or attritional the situations in various theatres were.

    Well done on a fantastic project.


  73. Conn

    I do appreciate your comments. As you’ll see from my FAQ I think its impossible to present this type single action per day type of blog and be genuinely ‘evenly balanced’, especially as regards individual campaigns. Hopefully some sort of balanced representativeness emerges over the long run of the blog.

    I think you’ll find the US contribution to the war is well represented – not necessarily for Normandy battles, but for a lot of stuff outside Europe. I’ve found many more British sources for the battle in Normandy that I wanted to include – but the US will not be forgotten. Suggestions of US memoirs from France that I should have included would be most welcome.


  74. 1. I admire your site immensely and depend on it daily.

    2. A clear Thank You Very Much is in order.

    3. So, ingrate that I am, I have a complaint. As you know, Operation Cobra was launched 25 July 1944. Today, three days into the offensive, I’m dying to hear about it. Cobra was the most successful and influential Allied offensive between D-Day and the Rhine crossings, and each day from 26 July onwards, the pins moved meaningfully on the map of Normandy. I know that the conventional Monty-phillic version of Cobra predicates its success on the doggedness of British and Canadian pressure near Caen (I’ll be civil on that point, barely), but the American breakout was a dramatic and consequential vindication of Bradley, Patton, and the GIs.

  75. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your site. The sites I’ve deemed worthy of bookmarking can be counted on fingers and toes but your’s was a no brainer :p

  76. I was told of this website by a friend. It is brilliant. I have just read an article about the repatriation of POWs in Germany in October 1943 on the ship Drottningholm and as my uncle was amongst those passengers I think it was a brilliant find. I will continue to follow with great interest.

  77. Currently reading Winston S. Churchill’s “The Grand Alliance, Volume III, The Second World War.” Found your site while doing a search to gather more information on the loss of the USS Reuben James. Will likely be returning several times in the future.

  78. Robert

    I am afraid I discovered your father’s book rather late because it covers the Arakan campaign as well. It has vivid descriptions of the conditions that men lived and fought in, and gives a real insight into the tremendous loyalty engendered by the Regimental system. I feel it is a rather neglected memoir. Hopefully, as interest gathers in the Burma campaign generally, and Imphal-Kohima particularly, more people will pick it up.

    Many thanks for adding those links.


  79. Hello, thank you for an amazing website. My website will be active soon, as I am a comic book artist, as well as being interested in all events involving World War II. The story of the sinking of the Australian hospital ship is extremely moving, proving that the time we live in is no better or worse than any other time. These terrible acts continue regardless of those involved, and will probably continue to happen until the human race arrives at a level of enlightenment that is unimaginable for most of us living today. It is our only hope for survival. Keep up the good work. -Herb Trimpe

  80. I was pleased to see the often overlooked Battle of Kohima receive a mention on your website. Many people don’t know of it even though, together with the Imphal engagement, it has been called Britain’s Greatest Land Battle (

    My father and Great Uncle (on my mother’s side) were both at Kohima, and I was particularly pleased to see you quote from my father’s book today (15 May 2014). The final words of the book being “lest we forget”. Sadly he passed away in 2008. (

    Congratulations on a great website.

  81. brilliant site, i have just started formatting information on the mosquito and pilots during WW2 and will use you idea as a base and when site is up and running will link.
    unique and brilliant website running daily. i presume this is still in progress

  82. Great photos of ack ack girls – I now know what my Mother,Hilda Westmorland, did in the war Thanks

  83. This is a great blog! I really enjoyed reading the articles and looking at the pictures you have posted! My grandma and grandpa served in World War II so I feel greatly connected.

  84. How soon the invasion comes upon us! All too often D Day is seen in isolation. Excellent coverage, I hate to mention Spike Milligan again but today reading your account of Montys speech to the troops (he also did great work touring factories and doing speeches in canteens), but he too mentions the magic and excitement of just catching a glimpse of the General in North Africa.

  85. Been following your blog for some months now. Absolutely fantastic. Your coverage of Stalingrad (which I read a year late) in particular, was gripping and strongly conveyed the awful impotence of the German forces following the Russian masterstroke.

  86. Thanks for the great site, I have linked to it from my site.

    Must be a lot of work to update and keep this site going, keep it up!


  87. I think this is an incredible idea for a blog. While so many blogs are about celebrities or tracking current trends, it’s historically centered blogs like this that really catch my attention. I love the idea of posting each day like it was a day in World War II, letting people who follow it experience the war in the news as if it was happening today. It puts us in the actual perspective of a civilian during that time- we today can summarize everything that happened in the war quickly, but to people back then, their news of the war came through articles like the ones you post, and it came slowly. Thank you for making a blog like this possible.

  88. Excellent pictures and coverage of the often ignored Italian front. I believe the gun being used by the New Zealanders in todays article is infact a captured German PAK 42 75mm anti tank gun. In any event it shows the problems of getting direct fire onto the high targets. I think Spike Milligans book covers this with a 5.5 Howitzer balanced on ammo boxes to attack a German observation post.

  89. Thank you for posting such a splendid website.I had the good fortune of studying with Dr. Viktor Frankl and these postings are most valuable to remind us of that horrible period.
    Thank you again,
    author of Hitler’s Priest

  90. I’ve only just discovered this website and I must say that I’m quite impressed with this project.
    Thank you for the resources you provide herein and keep up the great work.

  91. Whats wrong with signing off Seig Heil ? Thats biased against fascists! Even the Daily Mail has a picture of the lovely Mr Hitler most days.

  92. I have only just found this site.

    I now know, through one of the personal accounts, something more about the day that my aunt, Lily Vernon, sadly lost her life on the 28th August 1942.

    She was a civilian on one of the buses hit by the daylight raid in Broad Weir, Bristol.

    Her name is shown on a Memorial Plaque but unfortunately I have currently been unable to find where she was buried. I sadly do know,however, that there were mass burials.

    If anyone has any information it would be much appreciated.

  93. So glad to have found this and equally as grateful for your effort. This is an amazing endeavor that is educational, informative, and necessary. Thank you.

  94. Just discovered this blog today and glad to have found it. I have always had an interest in WWII history and that era, but only in the last few months has it become almost an obsession to read everything I can find about the war (most often it is the personal memoirs & stories I am drawn to..oh, and watching the Military channel has educated me, but I love to read anything related). My dad served in WWII in the Navy overseas and my mom worked at the war plane building factory during that time.
    Admittedly, it is difficult to not become teary-eyed reading about the sad losses of innocent lives but it is important to remember and share this always have gratitude and respect for those who sacrificed.
    Thank you for your blog! :)


  96. My husband was in World War II. He was wounded in Sicily. 1943.
    Last year, 2012, we took his ashes to Arlington National Cemetery, where he was laid to rest. A l00% disabled veteran for all these years, he managed to support a family, and do everything he could to enjoy his years here. He was 91 when he died. While he was overseas, I did what most of the woman who stayed at home did, left a regular job and went to work in a shipyard, welding the ships the boys needed. I was Zelda the welder. We loved our country, and I would like it the way it was, great and proud, again.

  97. Excellent web-site. I am half way through a MA in Holocaust Studies and this site has been invaluable.

    I am fortunate that I know the creator who, contrary to what he says, is an expert on the war and has a great deal to offer in advice, knowledge and expertise

    Keep it going and hope you receive the rewards you deserve for such a project

  98. Best blog I’ve seen, maybe ever. My family has a story that stayed with me that I wish I could remember the date, but I can estimate that it was the summer of ’44. My mother was a baby in a carriage, my aunt about 10, and they were escaping Cluj, Romania from an advance by either Germans or Russians, I’m not sure. My grandmother remembers vividly that they’d received a messge the night before that the city would be bombed, and they packed up and by dawn, the bombing had begun.. too early. They had to run from it. They say my mother slept through all the running and explosions and panic! We are ethnically Hungarian, so they kept running back to Hungary whenever the border seemed to be moving. At the end of the war, they were in Arad, and our family centered around Timisoara and Arad from that time forward. Recently, I saw some youtube videos showing ethnic Hungarians in Romania enjoying festivals together with Romanians and speaking Hungarian on Romanian TV. It was a beautiful sight. God bless us all.

  99. I have only recently discovered this blog, thanks to a link from another, but it is just wonderful – I look forward every morning to getting a little piece of history and some fascinating images when I get a break from work and have time to check my RSS reader. Please, keep up the excellent work!

  100. Thank you so much for including the link to William Shirer’s Berlin Diary on your post about the first time Berlin was bombed. I cannot wait to read it! I just started researching this period in detail and I can’t think of a better source. I am re-telling my mother’s story about her life in Berlin during and after WWII. It’s at

    I love reading your daily blog posts for each day of the war – as it happened. What a fantastic idea. I’m sure it’s a huge undertaking! Lot’s of people must enjoy it. Thank you for taking the time.

  101. I must say, an excellent and truly ambitious blog! Keep up the good work!

  102. querido martin descubri esta pagina hace un año aproximadamente y la sigo sin perderme ningún dia de la guerra. gacias por publicar esta pagina y el momento mas esperado para mi es el dia 6 de junio de 1944,,,espero que haga un tratamiento especial ya que fue un evento importantísimo en la wwii. gracias por este inmenso trabajo que realiza.

  103. Hi,
    This is truly the most detailed website I have ever seen on War World II.
    I was searching for memorials for our site ( and found this, It looks amazing and professional. wow!!!
    Keep up the excellent work,

  104. “Built from the original daily mission reports filed by the crews that flew the missions, the Theater History of Operations Reports (THOR) database allows an unprecedented look at how airpower has been used over the last 100 years.”

    Air Force Research Institute (AFRI) Phone: 334-953-2213

  105. Great website/blog. However, I have noticed that there is nothing on the fall of Singapore, and event that was a big slap in the face for the British and the ANZACs, no to mention the Indians (and their side issue of independence – through those who supported Chandra Bose).

  106. Martin, just a quick note of thanks and commendation for providing us such a varied window into the war. Your primary sources and photos are captivating. I am using your site to teach my high school students how to do proper historical research while examining the POV of sources, looking for possible bias. I realize how exhausting your work must be, but it is greatly appreciated.

  107. One of the best ww2 sites I really like your detailled information what happened on each day,best part for me are the personal diaries who give the war and the unknown soldier a face. Many thanks for making this great blog

  108. Hello,

    I’m a Belgian journalist and with my team we talking about little known archives on the WW2 in our special web page with map.

    Perhaps you will be interested


    In 2005, the archives of considerable value were (re) discovered. They relate to compensation for damage to private property that occurred during the Second World War. With 900,000 records, this is a gold mine that has been updated. These records made immediately at the end of the conflict, are primary documents with a priceless historical value. There are photos, postcards, descriptions of key events in the towns and villages, but also plans, official documents … Here, no faulty memory, the stories are clear and precise as it … Ensure that the file is as complete as possible. With sometimes also exaggerations on the amounts.
    Since late 2012, the drafting of the Future Huy-Waremme began a long process of research to discover unknown stories and documents about our cities and villages.

  109. Dear Martin
    I have been following your site every day for what seems like some years now – I have no idea how long – but I just want to say thank you for providing such interesting material. I find it fascinating.
    All the best and keep up the good work.
    With many thanks.

  110. Paul

    Many thanks for getting in touch. I see that I covered a Nazi massacre in 1941 so that probably would not be much fun.

    I covered UXBs in 1940

    There were dozens of UXBs around the country at this time as the country got used to the first month or so of the blitz. I am sure an ARP theme with perhaps some ticking time bombs, bomb shelters under tables, sirens, tin hats and people shouting “put that light out” etc would make for an entertaining evening as well as reminding people what was going on. The air raid menace never completely went away almost throughout the war.

    Hopefully other readers with have some other ideas

    best regards


  111. Dear Martin,

    Not sure if you can help with this request, My daughter Hannah (17) set up a Charity called Butterfly Giving to help teenagers suffering with cancer. Each year one of our intensions is to host an annual event to commemorate a particular time in History as well as making it a fundraising night, last year we did Bugsy Malone from the 30s which was brilliant, this year we are doing WWII Allied Night from the 1940s. Is it possible that your good self or anyone who views your website could help with any information of exactly what happened on the 20th October 1939 to 1945.
    Also any information on table center pieces for that time period and room decorations would also be very helpful

  112. An interesting note to your story of 20 June 1943. The Tiger Tank being inspected by HM King George VI is the very same Tiger 131 recovered by Major Bruce Lidderdale and recounted in the book Catch That Tiger (Noel Botham and Bruce Montague), I think you may have covered the story earlier. At any rate the Tiger was displayed at Horse Guards after various adventures, and now has been restored to running condition, and can be seen in the best collection of Tanks in the world at Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset. (And Monty’s Humber staff car can be seen with his Command vehicles at the Imperial War Museum site in Duxford).



  113. Hugh

    Thank you for your comment.

    I do not think Leo Marks comments were based on ‘tittle tattle’. If you read ‘Between Silk and Cyanide’ you will see he devotes a chapter to describing his extended briefing with Noor Inayat Khan. He was very obviously full of admiration for her resourcefulness and determination. Nevertheless there was most definitely an issue with her difficulty in telling any untruth. Marks describes how he developed a strategy just for her, to help her work around it ‘in extremis’.

    I don’t think any of this detracts from recognising the heroism and bravery of Inayat Khan. If anything I think it helps us understand a little more what a remarkable person she was, being so highly principled that she still took on this role, fully recognising the risks involved.

    It is easy to find out more about Noor Inayat Khan, for readers that wish to do so. This website will be remembering her again, later in the war.



    You make a very valid point. Far too many people have been taken in by Speer’s claims that he was able to keep the German war machine going despite all the bombing. The whole Nazi system was built on lies – and the leading figures were all past masters at manipulating the evidence so that they could get the approval that they all sought from the Fuhrer.

    The sources that I use on this site are presented ‘as is’ – they are just what the people said at that particular time. I hope that they are all interesting in their own right. Nevertheless the historical value of any one of them has to be carefully assessed in the context of when and why they were written.

  115. Interesting reading Albert Speers assessment of the British Dambusters raid. Having read his detailed memoir, written whilst serving his Nuremberg sentence (served to the very last second), I must say the man ‘who knew nothing’ does show a tendency for a rather selective memory. An honest presentation of an historic document that shows I think how he wrote to his friend (friendship apparently based on a mutual love of architecture) and put a toady spin on things. Drafts of his memoirs and the final published presentation to the world show an edited, selective and ‘creative’ tendency with an eye to his audience.

    Without doubt the divergence of massive resources away from building the Atlantic wall, and the V weapons programme makes the Dambusters raid worth the sacrifice and effort alone.



  117. Just found the site today as I need help with an essay on the Belfast Blitz. I think this won’t be my last visit to the site, well done!

  118. Dear Martin, I have been following your website for some time, and find it utterly fascinating. Congrats.
    I was 7 when the war started, living in a London suburb, so have vivid first-hand recollections of the Blitz. My 3 elder brothers were all in the Forces during the war, and all survived.
    My novel “Finn’s War” follows the fortunes of one English family from Day 1 until the war’s end You might enjoy reading it. It has been written under my pen name of James Brown.

  119. Adam

    Many thanks for adding that extra bit of information to WW2Today. It is very striking to learn that those events are not a matter of history but continued to affect people’s lives for a long time, and still do.

    I appreciate hearing these personal connections to the stories, and I know that many other people do too.

    How old was your father Charles Gill at the time of the bombing?


  120. My Dear Dad George Smith was Chief Petty Officer with Captain Donald Macintyre on HMS Walker and was on The Walker the night they captured Otto Kretschner .. I am desperate to find out any information regarding being able to claim his Arctic Convoy Medal .. my Dad died 31 years ago and would have been 100 this June had he lived ..

    I would love to hear from anyone who was also on HMS Walker .. if they are still with us..

    Thank you in anticipation
    Angela Lodge nee Smith

  121. Relating to the article 1st May 1940 first casualties WWII. Fredrick and Dorothy Gill where my grand-parents. My father Charles William Alfred Gill was in the house at the same time as his parents they were upstairs he was downstairs.

    The limited family history on the event was that he was injured and after the explosion went back into what was left of the house to see if he could rescue his parents, but nothing was left, as the film footage verifies.

    It is only recently I have discovered your information and newsreel on the incident. The family knew that dads parents died in the early part of ww2 and in Clacton, and that he was in the house and injured at the time but very little else. He did not wish to discuss the details of the events at any length.

    All their belongings were destroyed by the bomb. So even to this day and through all my Dads life since the event, there have been no mementos, sentimental items, or pictures so I have no idea what my grandparents looked like .

    Dad only had his memories which He mainly kept to himself, although I think scared, he didn’t let this affect our upbringing but saddened him later in life. He died in 2005….

    Adam Gill

  122. Peter

    Sorry to disturb your morning like that, just got my scheduling all wrong.

    It is always encouraging to get such feedback and good to know that there a is regular readership.

    And it does help keep me going sometimes – it was rather a long a war!

    Rest assured it is my intention to keep going to the end.


  123. OMG – panic here in Orlando, Florida, this A.M. as I opened my computer to see no entry for 28 March 1943 !

    Hope all is well, Mr. Cherrett as your site is near and dear to my heart.

    Cheers to the war resuming sometime soon.

    Sincerely –


  124. The amount of rare articles and pictures on this site is amazing. I just keep on reading. Please keep on doing what you do, it is much appreciated!

  125. Hello,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for maintaining and developing such a great website with its distinctive purpose and extremely engaging stories. I have been researching the WW II topic for ten years now, and I need to say ww2today is a remarkable source of information for me.

    For exactly this reason, I would like to inquire if I could have a right from you to translate selected occasional articles from ww2today into Georgian and publish them on a Georgian-language WW II blog ( I recently started. Obviously that includes posting the link to the original post, as well as a note on translation.

    Thanks in advance.

  126. This is easily one of the very best historical sites for learning about World War 2. It humanizes that terrible conflict without editorializing.

    Obviously, with the passage of time, veterans and survivors are starting to slip away. And so our view of the conflict is becoming increasingly muddied. This site then should be a mandatory component of any history curriculum attempting to teach our young people about the war.

    My compliments on a superb visual layout, effective links to more information, and content that is compelling.

    Best regards,

    Mark Savage

  127. if eastern front did not open Germany shud won war but when Hitler attack USSR hi open 2 front and send tanks to fight east so El-Almein left not fully redy to fight british force.

  128. Fascinated by all things World War II and your blog is fantastic – I check it every day on my lunch break. The combination of a brief story, with photographs, journal entries, quotes, etc., and also the clean and effective site design, make the WWI Today blog continually interesting and readable. Thanks for putting in all the work!

  129. At last we reach the turning point of the war!! Some say Stalingrad, or El Alamein….but without doubt the Royal Artillery won the war pretty much on its own, and the Germans never stood a chance once Gunner Spike Milligan was let slip! Glorious to read his diary amongst those of Mouchette, and Clostermann among others, it shows the two fingered salute from the forces across the Empire the and good humour in adversity that so baffled the Nazi high command. Against the language of Shakespeare they were hamstrung by a language only suited to marching songs and ranted orders.

  130. What a wonderful website for WWII enthusiasts. This world-wide event is recent enough to engage all current generations (the greatest ((who participated)), baby boomers, current, etc.) with more indepth research/leisure reading opportunities because of the advent of internet and the opening of previously closed archives now available to the public. Presently, how lucky we are to explore any facet of war to any degree imaginable because of the web and sites like yours.
    Thank you for your efforts.

    Loren Johnson

  131. yes but i cant use it at phone
    i can put in anything like kv1 but i cant do serch i need somthing like go key

  132. Damy

    Thanks for your comment. The WordPress search engine, found on the front page, is very strict if you did not spell exactly correctly – Barbarossa was covered in a number of entries from June 1941 and does come up in the search engine for me.

    I am working on some other ways of finding past material, guided tours etc – but at the moment getting the daily blog takes priority.



  133. I like this site and read it every day. But when I wish to find some things like Operation Barbarosa I need to go all to all the months, as I dont know which one is it – so can you put some search engine?

  134. Mike

    Glad you like the site. The Battle of the Bulge is generally acknowledged to have started on 16th December 1944 and so my current best estimate to start covering it is on ….. 16th December 2014.

    To be fair if you are following on a mobile device the dates of the stories may not always appear correctly like they do when viewing on a computer – so it may not be obvious that all my stories appear 70 years after the event. I try to do this to the exact day if it is possible (but see FAQ for exceptions). I am trying to find out a way to sort the mobile dating issue – mobile devices seem to insert the date of posting by default, so 1942 always appears as 2012.

    Hope you’ll still be following with us in 1944/2014.

    best regards


  135. Great site and I read it everyday. When will you detail the chronology and post pictures for the Battle of the Bulge? Thanks for having this available to us. Great way to start the day!

  136. Barry

    Absolutely. I found a little known gem when I discovered his book. Very amusing as well.

    Glad you like the site.

  137. Martin,
    Fantastic website. Look at it everyday at the office. Today, you covered some of the escapades of Major Denis Forman. I hope you will cover some more of his career especially when Lt Col Forman tries to control Major Lionel Wigram and his Wigforce (Italian partisans – one was my cousin) in the hills of Abruzzo, Italy when you get to posting events for Dec 1943 – Feb 1944.

  138. I think the issue is that ‘video’, strictly speaking, refers to magnetic tape or digital media, not celluloid cine film which was all that was available during the war. On the other hand many people refer to video as any time of motion picture, not distinguishing the method by which it was originally recorded.

  139. Great job but don’t forget there was NO video during WWII.
    So noboby was ever able to shot a video of any slaughter of Jews or anything because video was something that came much more later (late seventies).
    I know it’s a detail but words are very important for us who try to keep History alive.
    Keep on the good job.

  140. The reason is that we are still in 1942 … and they haven’t happened yet!

    Glad you like the site


  141. i love WWII history and this is best site so far :D
    but i not like this thing there is no battle of Kursk and operation Bagration

  142. My partner has written a book “Farewell to Hamburg” Giving the reader some idea of life for a young boy in war stricken Hamburg and then his journey to a strange country – Wales and his life as “the enemy” .

  143. Leopoldo

    Thanks for your feedback. You make a fair point – I am always interested in hearing from anyone who can recommend a memoir, whether published or online from any nationality, particularly those whose story from WWII is not widely known.

    This blog started out mainly as British WWII research project and it will always have that bias because that was the core of my research. With half the war to go I will continue to try to bring in as many perspectives as possible. But even if an event may be regarded as “important” it may be very difficult to find someone who had written a personal account about some aspect of it, so if I have to make a choice (and with so many things going on in so many different theatres from now on there is often a need to make a choice) I will tend to go with the best story.

    Hope this explains things a bit. Suggestions always welcome.


  144. This blog is fantastic, and gives a clear idea of what was happening during the most cruel time in history of mankind. The first accounts always gives us a very specific perspective of the times these men and women were living.

    I would love to see postings in a broader and wider variety, and not only too focused from the “british” point of view… there has been some days that very important events occurred in World War II have been ommited from the blog for a note that seems no so relevant only to reflect the “home front” at Great Britain. Could it be possile to give the reader various points of view from the different sides that were involved in this brutal conflict?

    Please don’t misunderstand me, this is a great blog still and the research job is simply delightful and magnificent!

  145. Interesting take. Monty showed patience and skill in building reserves and morale for this battle.

  146. Great family story – though rather less great for your grandfather! Thanks for adding this.

  147. I have a connection with your entry for 1st May 1940 – the first civilian casualities of the war in Clacton on Sea. My late mother’s family lived 350 yards away from the crash site in Holland Road, and her father was one of the first ARP wardens to arrive on the scene and took the full blast of one of the bombs (there is a report in The Daily Sketch for 2nd May 1940 including a photograph of my mother and her father, but I have only ever seen a poor photocopy my mother obtained some years ago).
    My grandfather was made deaf by the force of the explosion, though temporary (a few months) he suffered with hearing problems for the rest of his life. My mother and her brother were at the scene later on and the mistaking of a bomb for a hot water cylinder is part of my family’s history – my uncle sat astride the ‘cylinder’ and was moved on when it was realised it was a bomb!

  148. What an interesting site. a good blend of personal stories and the wider picture. We have to learn from the past, and ww2 was surely a horrendous time to live through.
    Thanks for taking the trouble to run the site.

  149. Good to know you are still with us.

    WW1 did cross my mind … but I probably ought to read something completely unrelated to war, novels or something, for a bit.

  150. Well done Martin, still enjoying the blog everyday.
    Only 23 months to go before the start of the Great War….any chance you could do another site for World War 1? There is only one years overlap (Aug 1914-Aug 1915 or Aug1944-Aug 1945).
    Have a think about it.

  151. Can I just say that this blog is a remarkable piece of work. You have done a fantastic job in bringing to light a record of WW2. I and several of my friends and colleagues read this every day and comment on it. Very many congratulations.

  152. Just want to say Thank You! Thank for all the work you’ve been doing in the last months, gathering information and photos to put online a website like this!

    Thank you!

  153. Been checking out your blog quite a bit as I finish up my first novel (set right before WW2). You have done a great job, and I wanted to thank you for your help in grounding myself each day before I get started. Keep it up!

  154. Hi
    For someone who did an open university course called Total war and social change with the Open University and now trying to write about both wars as seen through the eyes of my family generations and how it affected them, this site has been fantastic. My grandmother left me a huge legacy of her rich memories and i have been doing lots of research but you have life so much easier. The pictures, the comments, the information is so invaluable and so well presented. Well done and keep it up. It should be on every history teachers – since the 2nd world war is the GCSE syllabus in schools for history – bookmark page for sources and resources to use within the classroom to get some of the kids of today to understand the context and suffering of the war.
    Please keep it up

  155. Hi. Great site/blog. It’s a shame that you haven’t recognised my home town of Derry/Londonderry, as this small city played a pivotal role in the naval operations during the second great war.

  156. What a wonderful job. I can’t stop reading the posts.
    Keep up this amazing and important work.
    Cheers from Brazil.

  157. My grandfather was one of the troopers killed on 21st November 1941 at Sidi Rezegh.
    I was looking for information about him, but with no luck !

  158. Just wanted to add my thanks and appreciation for this excellent site.
    Please keep up the great work!

  159. Hi Martin,
    What a fantastic blog you have. So many diverse stories give a more and more accurate overview of the war in all theaters.

    Because most of the entries are written from a military point of view, I thought you might be interested in a historical account of the plight of civilians under Japanese oppression in the – then – Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia.

    I am the author of a historical memoir partially based on my mother’s camp journal about the years we spent in Japanese death camps for women and children on the island of Java in Indonesia. We barely survived, but here I am to tell the world about it!

    My book: Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy
    ISBN 978-60910-753-6

    You may want to peruse my website for more information and also look at readers’ reviews on and

    Hoping to hear from you at your earliest convenience, I thank you for your time.

    Ronny Herman de Jong

  160. A rather neglected campaign in the war. Captain Partridge was one of the pioneers of dive-bombing by carrier based planes, he had a narrow escape in Norway on 27th April 1940.

  161. Absolutely fascinating story told on Captain Partridge’s & Lieutenant Bostock’s ordeal in Norway – I am glad they came out alive. Henrik Mjoman, ex-Royal Swedish Navy, RIGA, Latvia

  162. This blog has become one of my mandatory reads every morning, lunch hour, and night. I have to stop myself getting lost in the treasure trove of information you are able to so effortlessly dig up.
    Great stuff, great work. Thank you!

    – Craig

  163. Martin, you have done a very good service in recording this history such that one can more closely experience the dire straits of these times.
    Most books etc. tend to avoid the horrible aspects of war, even in some case glorify it.
    It only due to the tremendous bravery and suffering of many individuals that the free world survived.
    I have been fortunate in meeting some of these people in my life, just ordinary people who responded without expectation of any reward.

  164. this blog is really interesting! please do keep it up. :)

    however, I would like to read something about battles that are in Asia. a lot has happened there too. coming from Asia, from the Philippines in particular, I would like to trace history and am interested to know what happened during that time. thank you! :)

  165. I wanted to take a moment to express my deep appreciation of this blog/website. WWII, for a variety of reasons, has always been a deep passion of mine. I find this site to be, in a word, simply superb. Keep up the great work and rest assured, it is noticed.

    Ed Foster

  166. Martin,
    You have done SUCH an amazing job with this site. I can’t imagine the work that’s gone into finding, editing, organizing and displaying the content for this incredible project. I especially appreciate the no-nonsense, straightforward tone of the excerpts. It brings home the reality of the war in a way that hollywood or sensational fiction have failed to do. I feel very lucky to have found your site. It is a treasure. Thank you!

  167. This blog along with the Facebook and Twitter feeds is just absolutely fantastic. I log on every day to see what has happened in the war! Thank you for this great site and the effort you’ve put into it.

  168. World War II Today gives excellent coverage of key events across all theatres of war. As March begins, the war in Malta now enters its most critical phase, and the Island becomes the most bombed place on earth. For a more detailed look at the siege, follows events hourly ‘on this day’, from official wartime documents including War Diaries, and personal memoirs.

  169. Just wanted to thank you for this site. It is an important and unique representation of the war, and I find myself checking it everyday. Great job, and thanks again.

  170. Martin,

    I’m almost lost for words – such an ambitious project, I’ve followed it for a while now and never once have I been disappointed in the daily ‘show’. Your choice of topics, combined with the extremely clean and professional layout of the site, has made this one of my daily stops. I’ve added a permanent link to my ‘Kent & Sussex History Boards’ at, so keen am I to spread the word about this fantastic resource of yours.

    How on earth do you devote so much time to the project? However you do it, you have my undying gratitude for providing such an amazing resource for those of us with a keen interest in WWII. Keep up the good work, it is appreciated!


  171. Glad to see a nice picture of HMS Argus. My dad served on her during the Malta and Russian convoys and with Force H..

  172. So many interesting and diverse stories! I enjoy reading the personal accounts and look forward to learning more about the war with each day’s story.

  173. Very interesting – just stumbled upon it. Thank you for the effort. I was born in
    November 1945. Those that served our country literally saved the world. They
    cannot be honored too much. Those were terrible times but the spirit of cooperation
    and patriotism were magnificent.

  174. Brilliant blog, wonderful in every aspect, you can easily loose yourself in the dramatic days of World War Two, looking at it from all sides, without prejudice.

    All in all great to read and good for you to read.
    Long may it continue!

  175. Just fantastic to see the recapture of events and facts that have been forgotten or
    distorted over time.
    Wonderful work!!!

  176. Thanks from Russia. I really love your site, there are lot of interesting information about World War II. I learn History of XX century, and your articles on this web site is very important for me.
    Best regards.

  177. This web site is a real revelation for me along with @realtimewwII.

    I was a 4 year old living with my parents in Paris in April 1939. I and my birth family were all British subjects. My parents never told me very much about our stay in France which ended when we boarded an RN ship in Bayonne, France on or about June 23, 1940.

    We eventually made our way back to Canada by July 13, 1940. About 10 years ago I began exploring Internet archives about France in 1939 and 1940. So I will no doubt find lots of useful information at this web site.

  178. Sir,

    I run a virtual WWII flight simulation squadron called Doolittle Raiders. We specialize in flying historic missions and have been flying them chronologically. We are currently flying missions in March 1944. One of the reason we fly historic missions is to honor the men and women who sacrificed and served during World War II to preserve democracy and defeat the forces of fascism. In that spirit it is important to remember that the pilots and crew of the aircraft we fly were real and human. Remembering their story is as important as anything we do to entertain ourselves with our virtual flying hobby.

    As such, I have placed you website on a permanent link on our website at Your entries help us to stay focused on the human reality of the war we fly. Thank you sir and from us, a smart ‘salute.’

    Very respectfully,

    Maxwell Shaw
    Doolittle Raiders
    [Wichita Kansas, USA]

  179. Martin,
    This page should be read every day, in every American history classroom. A clear reminder of the meaning of “mortal danger” which we seem to have grown immune to the signs of that surround us clearly each day although from a different but just as dangerous enemy.

    The piece from Willey Reese’s ” A Stranger to Myself” is superb

  180. Bravo! The method that you are using to tell this story brings to light the personal horrors and tragedies that so often are overshadowed by the generalized “world view” of history. This second “War to End All Wars” was not only about nations or ideologies. Truly, it was a very personal experience for millions of people. The effect it had on humanity, the hard and horrific lessons that were learned, can not be forgotten. Sites such as yours will bring that humanity back to the surface and will bear the torch of that lesson for generations to come. Again, bravo and keep up the good work!

  181. Martin, I’ve _so_ enjoyed reading your blog – it’s wonderfully entertaining and enlightening read – and comes so much more alive so due to its day-by-day chronological nature. Do keep up the great work : )

  182. Martin,
    This is a wonderful site. It brings alive the terrible events of seventy years ago. I am editing several personal memoirs of those who were there and as their recollections are so specific one doesn’t get a sense of what is going on more broadly. This website provides a ‘feeling’ of what was going on all over the world at the time. Congratulations and thank you very much.

    Writer and Editor

  183. I just wanted to take the opportunity to say how much I enjoy this blog. As an avid reader of WWII literature and a former history minor at my college I relish any opportunity to learn. You do a great job of balancing facts with personal accounts allowing for a great perception of these war-time occurences.

    Thank you! Keep them coming!

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