2 Jul 1942
  • A German BV 138 seaplane shadowed Allied convoy PQ-17 in the Barents Sea from a distance, reporting in the convoy's position throughout the day. Seven He 115 seaplanes made a unsuccessful torpedo attack on the convoy, while German battleship Tirpitz, cruiser Admiral Hipper, four destroyers, and two torpedo boats departed Trondheim, Norway to intercept (Operation Rösselsprung). The German ships were spotted by Soviet submarine K21, which attacked and reported a hit, but in actuality the torpedo had missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Joint Chiefs issued the Joint Directives for Offensive Operation in Southwest Pacific Area, calling for invasions of the general New Britain-New Ireland-New Guinea region; invasions for Santa Cruz and Tulagi were scheduled to be on 1 Aug 1942. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Churchill easily passed a "no confidence" vote in the House of Commons; there were 475 votes in his favor compared to 25 against. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Large numbers of Soviet units were surrounded in the link-up of 4.Panzerarmee and 2.Armee near the city of Stary Oskol in Russia, but many of them manage to escape across the Don River. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Generaloberst Alexander Löhr was named the commanding officer of the German 12th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US 1st Marine Division's intelligence officer departed Wellington, New Zealand for Australia as part of the preparation efforts for the upcoming Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Benito Mussolini cabled Adolf Hitler in regards to the future administration of Egypt, in which he recommended Erwin Rommel as the military governor and a yet-unnamed Italian as the civilian administrator. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-129 sank Norwegian ship Gundersen in the Gulf of Mexico at 0617 hours; 1 was killed, 25 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 6 German aircraft attacked Allied convoy PQ-17 but was driven off without causing any damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • A group of Jews from Berlin, Germany were sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Egypt
  • Erwin Rommel abandoned the southward tank sweep to have the tanks assist on the direct assault of El Alamein, Egypt, but not until the southern drive had already lost 2,000 men and 30 field guns. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German aircraft sank Soviet destroyers Bditelny and Tashkent and damaged cruiser Komintern and two other destroyers at Novorossiysk, Russia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • 325 British bombers (175 Wellington, 53 Lancaster, 35 Halifax, 34 Stirling, and 28 Hampden) attacked Bremen, Germany, damaging 1,000 houses and 4 small industrial facilities, damaging 3 cranes in the port area, damaging 7 ships, and sinking transport ship Marieborg. The Germans suffered 5 deaths and 4 wounded while the British lost 13 bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Plunger sank Japanese transport ship Unyo Maru No. 3 80 miles east of Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Submarine S-7 departed Moshchny Island near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The New York Times reported via the London Daily Telegraph that over 1,000,000 Jews had already been killed by Nazis. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jul 1942
Removing a Mark XVII depth bomb from SOC Seagull aircraft of cruiser Philadelphia, 2 Jul 1942, photo 1 of 2Removing a Mark XVII depth bomb from SOC Seagull aircraft of cruiser Philadelphia, 2 Jul 1942, photo 2 of 2Map noting the boundaries of Allied and Japanese forces as of 2 Jul 1942

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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