25 Aug 1942
  • Admiral Scheer spotted Soviet ice breaker Alexander Sibiyakov in the Kara Sea at 1100 hours. At 1500 hours, Admiral Scheer sank Alexander Sibiyakov, killing 80; the Soviet ship was able to send out a distress signal before her sinking. At 1545 hours, Admiral Scheer intercepted a radio message from the Soviet Western Sector Command Headquarters of Northern Sea Route Main Directorate, informing Soviet ships of her presence. Out of precaution, Admiral Scheer turned to the northwest, away from known Soviet bases. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seawolf sank Japanese transport Showa Maru 50 miles east of Borneo, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Duke of Kent, younger brother of King George VI of the United Kingdom, was killed when the flying boat in which he was travelling crashed near Wick. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Santee was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Navy SBD Dauntless dive bombers damaged light cruiser Jintsu and destroyer Uzuki off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Ocean and Nauru Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German troops captured Mozdok, Russia, 50 miles west of Grozny. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarines attacked Allied convoy ONS-122 in the middle of the North Atlantic, with U-605 sinking British ship Katvaldis (3 were killed, 40 survived) and British ship Sheaf Mount (31 were killed, 20 survived) at 0145 hours, U-176 sinking British ship Empire Breeze at 0200 hours (1 was killed, 48 survived), and U-438 sinking Norwegian ship Trolla at 0205 hours; convoy escorts counterattacked with depth charges, lightly damaging 6 submarines and seriously damaging U-174 and U-256. After a 12-hour chase, U-604 sank Dutch merchant ship Abbekerk 15 miles to the southeast of ONS-122 at 0348 hours; 2 were killed, 62 survived. German submarine U-130 sank British ship Viking Star 160 miles south of Freetown, British West Africa at 1944 hours; 7 were killed, 54 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarines U-164 and U-558 attacked Allied convoy WAT-15 between Jamaica and Haiti, sinking Dutch ship Stad Amsterdam (3 were killed, 35 survived) and British ship Amakura (13 were killed, 31 survived). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British destroyers HMS Marne, HMS Martin, and HMS Onslaught sank German minelayer Ulm 250 miles north of Norway at 2200 hours; 80 were killed, 101 survived (61 of whom would be rescued by the British destroyers before German aircraft arrived to drive away the ships). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Raizo Tanaka was wounded during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons while aboard light cruiser Jintsu. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was awarded the Infantry Assault Badge in Silver. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Tenryu covered the landing of 1,200 troops of the Kure No. 5 Special Naval Landing Force at Milne Bay, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • 809 Japanese Special Naval Landing Force troops and 2 Type 95 Ha-Go tanks landed at Waga Waga, Australian Papua on Milne Bay at 2230 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Before dawn, Japanese destroyers Kagero, Isokaze, Kawakaze, Mutsuki, and Yayoi bombarded Henderson Field, Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, causing little damage. At 0600 hours, six SBD dive bombers from Henderson Field attacked a Japanese convoy 64 miles northeast of Santa Isabel Island, sinking troop transport Kinryu Maru and damaging cruiser Jintsu (24 were killed). Four US Army B-17 bombers arrived shortly after, sinking Japanese destroyer Mutsuki (41 were killed, 11 were injured) as Mutsuki rescued survivors from the Kinryu Maru sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 arrived at Lorient, France after her third patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-165 sank British ship Harmonides 250 miles south of Ceylon; 14 were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin declared Stalingrad, Russia to be in a state of siege, but ordered all heavy factories to remain in position to supply combat vehicles directly to front line units. Meanwhile, German 6th Army continued the attempt to break into the city from the north, but making little advance. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Nine German-trained saboteurs arrived in Chechya to aid anti-Soviet rebel forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Growler sank Japanese auxiliary gunboat Senyo Maru 20 miles southwest of Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • 377 American civilians who had previously been held at Stanley Interment Camp in Hong Kong arrived in New York, New York, United States. They were released as a part of an internee exchange agreement with Japan and Thailand. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Aug 1942
The submarine USS Nautilus approaching the pier at the submarine base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 25 Aug 1942.

25 Aug 1942 Interactive Map

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

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