Our Diary of the War

The War Illustrated, Volume 9, No. 210, Page 155, July 6, 1945.

1,277th day of War against Japan, JUNE 6, Wednesday

Ryukyu Island.
U.S. Marines captured whole of Naha airfield, Okinawa.
Brazil.
State of war between Brazil and Japan announced.

1,278th day, JUNE 7, Thursday

Channel Isles.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Jersey and Guernsey.
Norway.
King Haakon returned to Oslo after exactly five years.
Japan.
Osaka attacked by Super-Fortresses with H.E. and incendiaries.
New Guinea.
First Allied cargo ship for three years entered Wewak harbour.
Home Front.
Fleet carrier H.M.S. Leviathan launched by Duchess of Kent.

1,279th day, JUNE 8, Friday

U.S.A.
Agreement reached at San Francisco between the five Great Powers on scope of veto in Security Council.
France.
Wreckage of aircraft found on June 4 near Grenoble definitely identified as that of the plane which was carrying Air Chief Marshal Sir T. Leigh-Mallory to S.E. Asia.

1,280th day, JUNE 9, Saturday

Germany.
At Rothenburg, Field-Marshal Montgomery took last salute of Guards' Armoured Division as tank formation.
Trieste.
Agreement between British, U.S. and Yugoslav Governments signed in Belgrade.
Japan.
Large forces of Super-Fortresses raided Naroo, Nagoya and Akashi.
Ryukyu Island.
New Allied landings on Okinawa, south of Oruku.

1,281th day, JUNE 10, Sunday

Germany.
Marshal Zhukov decorated Field-Marshal Montgomery and Gen. Eisenhower with Soviet Order of Victory.
Japan.
Diet granted Premier Suzuki full powers as dictator. Super-Fortresses from Marianas attacked island of Honshu.

1,282th day, JUNE 11, Monday

Home Front.
Official date of end of European War announced as May 9.
Ryukyu Island.
U.S. forces launched frontal attack on remaining Japanese garrison on Okinawa.

1,283th day, JUNE 12, Tuesday

Home Front.
General Eisenhower received Freedom of City of London and O.M. from H.M. the king.
Russia.
London Poles invited to attend Moscow talks.
Borneo.
Australians advanced on Labuan.

1,284th day, JUNE 13, Wednesday

Japan.
U.S. aircraft attacked air bases on Kyushu Island.
Home Front.
H.M. the King awarded G.C.B. to Marshal Zhukov.

1,285th day, JUNE 14, Thursday

France.
General Eisenhower awarded Cross of Liberation by General de Gaulle.
Caroline Island.
British Pacific Fleet heavily attacked Truk.
Borneo.
Australians captured Brunei.
China.
U.S. aircraft bombed Hong Kong.

1,286th day, JUNE 15, Friday

Japan.
Over 500 Super-Fortresses bombed Osaka.
Burma.
Lord Louis Mountbatten addressed Victory Parade in Rangoon.
Home Front.
Dissolution of Parliament which had been elected in 1935.

1,287th day, JUNE 16, Saturday

Borneo.
Australians “cut off Japan entirely from all stolen property,” declared General MacArthur.
Home Front.
William Joyce, flown from Brussels, lodged in cell at Bow Street.

1,288th day, JUNE 17, Sunday

Russia.
Polish talks began at Moscow.
Italy.
Signor Bonomi resigned; Signor Parri accepted as Premier-designate.
Burma.
General Raymond Wheeler succeeded General Sultan as commanding general of U.S. forces.

1,289th day, JUNE 18, Monday

U.S.A.
General Eisenhower arrived in Washington.
Germany.
Death announced in accident of Colonel-General Berzarin, Soviet military commander of Berlin.

1,290th day, JUNE 19, Tuesday

Japan.
“Very large” forces of U.S. 21st Bomber Command struck at Honshu and Kyushu Island.

Flash-backs

1940

June 10.
Mussoline declared war against Britain and France.
June 14.
Germans entered Paris.
June 17.
Marshal Pétain asked Germany for an armistice.
June 18.
De Gaulle appealed from London to French to fight on.

1941

June 8.
British and Free French troops entered Vichy-held Syria.

1942

June 10.
Prague announced Lidice massacre for killing of Heydrich.
June 13.
Japanese landed on Attu Island in Aleutians.

1943

June 7.
French committee for Nat. liberation formed in Algiers.
June 11.
Island of Pantelleria occupied by Allied Forces.

1944

June 6.
D-Day. Allied landings on coast of Normandy
June 13.
First flying-bombs came over Southern England
June 15.
U.S. troops landed on Saipan Island in Marianas

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