World War Two 1942

World War Two 1942


January 9th

Japan started her attack on the Philippines

January 10th

The Allies in the south-west Pacific set up a combined command ABDA (American, British, Dutch and Australian) under the command of General Sir Archibald Wavell.

January 11th

The Japanese begun their campaign in the Dutch East Indies by attacking the islands of Tarakan and Manado.

January 14th

The 'Tirpitz' moved into Trondheim, Norway, as Germany built up her strength on the Artic Convoy routes.

February 15th

Singapore surrendered to the Japanese on 'Black Sunday'.

February 19th

135 Japanese planes attacked Darwin in northern Australia. 240 people were killed and 10 wounded.

February 27th

Battle of Java Sea - an attempt by the Allies to stop the Japanese attacking Java. It failed.

March 6th

The 'Tirpitz' sailed to intercept Convoy PQ-12 but was driven off by torpedo-bombers from 'HMS Victorious'.

March 8th

Dutch East Indies surrendered unconditionally.

March 12th

Douglas MacArthur, under orders from Roosevelt, left the Philippines for Darwin, Australia.

March 17th

Three US fighter squadrons arrived in Darwin and Japanese attacks on the city decreased.

March 20th

Germany's all-out aerial assault on Malta started.

April 9th

The Allied forces at Bataan surrendered and the Philippines fell to Japan. 78,000 prisoners were forced on the 65 mile 'death march'.

April 18th

16 B-25 bombers, launched from aircraft carriers, carried out the first air raid on Japan.

April 20th

47 Spitfires are sent to Malta but almost all are destroyed on landing.

May 6th

Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese

May 7th

Start of the Battle of Coral Sea

May 8th

Battle of Coral Sea ends in US victory

May 15th

The Red Army failed to re-take Kharkov

June 4th

America defeated the Japanese attempt to capture Midway Island.

June 7th

The Siege of Sebastopol started in the Crimea.

June 10th

The massacre of Lidice occurred.

June 21st

Tobruk captured by Rommel. Churchill called the defeat a "disgrace".

June 25th

General Auchinleck took over command of 8th Army in North Africa.

June 27th

Convoy PQ-17 sailed from Iceland for Archangel. The convoy included 33 merchant ships.

June 28th

7,000 prisoners from the 8th Army were captured by Rommel

June 30th

Russia started to evacuate Sebastopol.

July 4th

Convoy PQ-17 was attacked by torpedo-bombers and dive-bombers. Two merchant ships were sunk and two more damaged. The Admiralty gave the order for the convoy to scatter.

July 5th

Germany launched an all-out assault on Convoy PQ-17.

July 10th

Only two out of the 33 ships reached Archangel. More get to Archangel in later days. the convoy lost a total of 23 merchant ships that carried 430 tanks, 210 planes, 3,350 vehicles and nearly 100,000 tons of cargo.

August 7th

The Americans landed at Guadacanal.

August 17th

The start of the Allied attack on Dieppe. There was a day's delay in leaving from British ports due to bad weather.

August 19th

The decision was made to evacuate the survivors from Dieppe.

August 19th

The Russians started their first attempt to free Leningrad. This attempt ended in failure by September 26th.

The Germans launched their first attempt to take Stalingrad.

August 23rd

The German Army reached the backs of the River Volga in Stalingrad.

August 25th

Heavy Russian fighting halted the German advance in Stalingrad.

September 13th

The Japanese launched heavy attacks against the Americans at Guadacanal but sustained heavy casualties.

September 25th

The "final" German attack on Stalingrad started but was halted by the Russians.

October 4th

The fourth German attack on Stalingrad started. It led to three weeks of intense fighting.

October 23rd

Britain attack on the German army started at El Alamein in North Africa.

November 4th

With Montgomery victorious at El Alamein, Rommel started his retreat in North Africa.

November 8th

The start of Operation Torch - the Allied invasion of North Africa. Allied troops landed near Casablanca, Oran and Algiers. With a large Allied army in the west of North Africa and with Montgomery advancing from the east, Rommel was caught between two major forces.

November 19th

The German advance in south Russia was held up at Stalingrad.

November 24th

The Russians launched an attack that would encircle the Germans at Stalingrad.

December 12th

The Germans launched 'Operation Winter Storm' to relieve the VI Army in Stalingrad. It fails after 11 days, leaving the VI Army trapped in Stalingrad.

December 31st

The Japanese planned to withdraw their troops from Guadacanal after suffering heavy losses in a number of battles.

The Russians at Stalingrad had pushed all German troops away from Stalingrad leaving the city open to a major attack.

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