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Sunday, November 22, 2015


Thank you for visiting my World War II Daily site.

This site is intended to provide a daily history of events during World War II. I use an expanded definition of World War II, so some events before 1 September 1939 and after 2 September 1945 shall be included from time to time. However, the primary focus shall be significant events between and including those two dates.

Others have done this. I always find those summaries lacking in one sense or another. They either only cover part of the war, or they get facts wrong because they are hurried jobs, or they get into too much minutiae (you could write a book about any particular day's events and implications), and so forth. Here, let's stick to the basic facts and perhaps a little reflection on the historical consequences. What was important? Who were some of the people involved? What were the minor events that might not have been life-changing or even particularly noticeable that day, but eventually led to something amazing? Those will guide the choices.

I have a separate site for in-depth analysis of discrete topics and themes relating to the war. While there shall be some overlap between the two sites, this site will stick to events that happened during a particular day. So, if you are interested on what happened throughout the, say, five months of the battle of Stalingrad, you might want to go there. Interested in the Me 262 jet fighter and its years of development? This page on my other site may be what you are looking for. I will provide links back and forth.

If, instead, you are interested in what happened on 27 August 1939 (an incredibly important day in the history of aviation), or on 27 September 1939 (which featured a decision that rocked the world), this site is the place to look. I am going to try very hard to just stick to the events of that particular day without doing all that foreshadowing and "and then this happened and that happened and three years later they surrendered" nonsense that you know eventually happened, and I know eventually happened, but did not happen on that particular day. With some isolated incidents, that is appropriate, but will be done sparingly. I also occasionally will add tidbits about unknown events at the time that blossom into something wonderful decades later in an area called "future history." Many of us are still directly affected by things that happened in 1939, 1940, and the later war years.

While I will use alternate date formats, I will endeavour always to provide labels in the form 22November2015 and 2015November22 (today's date). That should make it easy to find a particular date via a simple label search. Just plugging in the date normally should work, too, but I want one, consistent system, at least for my own use.

Sources are always a big deal for historians. At some point, I will provide a bibliography of sources that I have acquired over decades. Basically, I have shelves full of works relating to the war from a variety of perspectives, some comprehensive and some first-hand accounts, and these will serve as the primary sources of dates. What I find as I do this is that the dates don't always match up precisely between all sources on some of the, shall we say, less notorious events. This can be due to a variety of factors, as sometimes exact records were not kept or things happened over the course of several days and there was no precise starting or ending point. Where applicable, I will try to indicate that in the text. Sometimes, I will track down dates in places besides the main sources, too, so the bibliography is unlikely to be exhaustive. However, it will be a starting point for further research. The more focused a study - an article on, say, the first capture by the British of a Focke Wulf 190 fighter, as opposed to a general study of the Battle of Britain - the more reliability I place on its accuracy on that particular topic.

Anyone who sees any errors and/or has something to contribute, just leave a comment. The events of World War II are easier to pinpoint than the dates on which they occurred. Many think that the day something was reported in the media was when it occurred, and nothing could be further from the truth. Dates of secondary events -when a ship sank, when a bombing raid took place - are extremely difficult to pin down with precision for numerous reasons.

Anyway, I appreciate your stopping by. This site is anticipated to grow through the years. I will be adding details as I come across them, revising, tinkering, adding layers here and there. If you have any input, please feel free to leave me a comment on a particular day.

Onward and upward.


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