From: Hessen, Germany - now living in France
Just found this interesting site: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/ww2home.htm
The Second World War - A Day by Day Account
This website provides a daily chronicle of the events of the Twentieth Century's bloodiest conflict. Each day from 1st January, 1939 through to 31st December 1945 is listed.
Here is a sneak-peek on the page for today, July 5th:
July 5th, 1939 (WEDNESDAY)
JAPAN: The 20,250-ton aircraft carrier HIJMS Hiryu is completed at Yokosuka Naval Dock Yard.
U.S.A.: Battleship USS South Dakota laid down.
Submarine USS Triton laid down.
Destroyer USS Wilson commissioned.
July 5th, 1943 (MONDAY)
Brooklyn-class light cruiser USS Helena broke in half after being hit by 3 Japanese torpedoes at the battle of Battle of Kula Gulf, off New Georgia. Her bow was sunk the following morning by US destroyers. US Admiral Ainsworth is trying to stop Japanese reinforcement of New Georgia. Shortly after midnight, (1) the USN's Task Group 36.1 consisting of cruisers and destroyers bombards Vila and Kolombangara Islands and Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia Island; and (2) the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and one battalion each from the Army's 145th and 148th Infantry Regiments land at Rice Anchorage. In the afternoon, the Allies learn that ten Japanese destroyers, the "Tokyo Express," are sailing towards New Georgia Island and by 2400 hours local 5 July, TG 36.1 is positioned off the NW corner of New Georgia to meet them.
Destroyer USS Strong sunk after being torpedoed by a Japanese destroyer off New Georgia, Solomon Islands. 46 of her crew were lost.
July 5th, 1945 (THURSDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Today is election day in Britain. The results of this first postwar election will not be available until July 26 so that the votes of soldiers overseas may be counted.
Britain and US recognize a new Polish Provisional government of National Unity. Mikolajczyk is one of the deputy premiers, was formerly the leader of the London exile government. A foreign office statement welcoming its establishment pointed out that under the Yalta agreement "free and unfettered elections" must be held as soon as possible on the basis of "universal suffrage and secret ballot". Ambassadors will be exchanged shortly. This means that Britain will now withdraw recognition from the Polish government in London.
JAPAN: The US Seventh Air Force dispatches 46 B-24s and 24 B-25 Mitchells, all from Okinawa, bomb Omura Airfield and two towns in the Omura-Nagasaki area and 100 Twentieth Air Force P-51s, based on Iwo Jima, strike airfields in the Tokyo area (Ibaraki, Yatabe, Yawatasaki Cape, and Maruta); they claim 5-11 aircraft on the ground.
BORNEO: Australia lands reinforcements in Balikpapan Bay; they swiftly establish beach-heads and push on to the interior.
COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: General Douglas MacArthur declares that the Philippine Islands have been completely liberated.
PACIFIC: General Spaatz will command the US Strategic Air Forces against Japan.
AUSTRALIA: John Curtin, Australia's prime minister, dies at the age of 60.
U.S.A.: Washington: General Carl "Tooey" Spaatz is appointed to command the US air offensive against Japan.
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