WW2 War Diary August 31, 1944

Russian troops during the occupüation of Bucharest.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, August 31, 1944 Russian Front Russians occupy Bucharest after advancing 56 km from Ploesti inside a day. Big crowds welcome the falsely expected liberators. Western Front British cross the Somme and capture Amiens; Americans cross… learn more

WW2 War Diary August 30, 1944

German PoWs on board of a ship to Britain

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, August 30, 1944 Russian Front Russians occupy Ploesti. Western Front Canadians take Rouen; British take Beauvais, north of Paris; Americans at Rheims and Chalons-sur­-Marne. learn more

WW2 War Diary August 29, 1944

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, August 29, 1944 Russian Front German Army Group South Ukraine ordered to hold Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps. Western Front Americans capture Soissons, 89 km notheast of Paris. French advance from Nimes towards Montpellier. Burma… learn more

WW2 War Diary August 28, 1944

Tanks of the British 11th Armoured Division crossing the Seine

WW2 War Diary for Monday, August 28, 1944 Western Front Americans reach Chateau-Thierry. British gain another bridgehead on lower Seine. Air War Britain: 90 out of 97 V-1s directed against London are destroyed by the defences. Home Fronts Germany: Death… learn more

WW2 War Diary August 27, 1944

Advance of the recon unit of a French Armored Division

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, August 27, 1944 Western Front Allied forces reach river Marne. French capture Toulon. learn more

WW2 War Diary August 26, 1944

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, August 26, 1944 Western Front Allied forces pour across the Seine at four points between Paris and the sea. Air War Europe: 110 killed and 719 injured during German night raids on Paris; numerous fires.… learn more

August 25, 1944 (Friday)

General de Gaulle enters Paris

WESTERN FRONT DE GAULLE ENTERS PARIS. German garrison, Cdr.-General von Choltilz, surrenders in left­luggage office of Montparnasse Station, after openly disobeying Hitler ‘s orders to destroy city. RUSSIAN FRONT 3rd Byelorussian Front captures Tartu (Estonia). SEA WAR HMS Warspite bombards… learn more

August 24, 1944 (Thursday)

Capturing of German POWs in Paris 1944

WESTERN FRONT French 2nd Armoured Division enters Paris. Allied forces take Cannes. HOME FRONTS Germany: All theatres, music-halls and cabarets to be closed from September 1; all holidays suspended, students mobilized; all compassionate leave stopped for armed forces. Rumania: Rumanian… learn more

August 23, 1944 (Wednesday)

threatening shadow of a V-1

WESTERN FRONT Allied forces capture Evreux (Normandy), Melun (southeast of Paris) and Marseilles; Americans reach Grenoble. Eisenhower vetoes Montgomery’s plan for bold drive through Low Countries into Northwest Germany. SEA WAR Schnorkel U-boats operate around Scottish coast until early October;… learn more

August 22, 1944 (Tuesday)

Sherman tanks of the British 8th Army in August in Italy on the rise to the north.

WESTERN FRONT Americans capture Sens, southeast of Paris. ITALY Polish and Italian Co-Belligerent forces of British Eight Army reach Metauro river, 48 km south of Rimini. OCCUPIED FRANCE FFI now control all public buildings in Paris. SEA WAR British escort… learn more

August 21, 1944 (Monday)

US engineers constructing a bridges across river Seine.

RUSSIAN FRONT Germans retreat towards river Pruth in East Rumania. WESTERN FRONT Allied forces cross the Seine, north and south of Paris. DIPLOMACY DUMBARTON OAKS CONFERENCE at Washington DC; Allied representatives discuss post-war security and establishment of UN (ends September… learn more

August 20, 1944 (Sunday)

Column of German prisoners from Falaise Pocket

RUSSIAN FRONT 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts attack German-Rumanian Army Group South; Rumanian 3rd Army broken. SEA WAR German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen bombards Russian position on Gulf of Riga. WESTERN FRONT Falaise Gap closed by Allied forces; British capture… learn more