WW2 War Diary

moment of death on the battlefield

The moment of death on the battlefield, as it happend every day thousands of times in this or a other way.

WW2 War Diary, the day-by-day chronology of World War2.

WW2 War Diary is an accurate day-by-day chronology of the events from Friday, September 1, 1939 to Sunday, September 30, 1945. The work on this war diary was started on September 1, 2009 and was finished on September 30, 2015. Every day a new entry with the events of the same day – 70 years ago – was added.

The total number of entries in the War Diary WW2 has exceed 6,300. These are divided into eight categories – Land Campaigns; Sea War; Air War; Home Fronts; Occupied Countries; Secret War; Politics; and Neutrals.
Every effort has been made to check facts, statistics, ranks and designations against the last published researches, documentation or official war diaries (eg from OKW, Wehrmacht), but everybody should bear in mind that mystery and controversy still surround many famous events and incidents. Therefore, the war diary is also continuously updated and expanded.

WW2 War Diary:


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Diary September 8, 1943

two by German anti-tank gun destroyed Italian Autobilnda AB 41 armoured cars

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 8, 1943: Politics SURRENDER OF ITALY: Eisenhower makes a public announcement in Algiers. Italian Armistice Terms: 13 points inc. immediate cessation of hostilities; Italy to deny all facilities to Germany; all PoWs to be… learn more

Diary September 8, 1918

German PoW in an Allied camp

World War One Diary for Sunday, September 8, 1918: Western Front France: Foch visits King Albert and Haig (who tells Churchill ‘the Allies should aim at getting a decision as soon as possible’), decides to add Flanders offensive. Germany: OHL… learn more

Diary September 7, 1943

Munich burns after an RAF attack

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 7, 1943: Air War Germany: 365 RAF bombers attacking Munich and dropping 1,020t of bombs. Politics USA: Correspondence published concerning US refusal to supply Lease-Lend aid to Argentina. learn more

Diary September 7, 1918

Russian gold as reparations

World War One Diary for Saturday, September 7, 1918: Eastern Front USSR: Lenin cables Trotsky ‘Recovery proceeding excellently’. First £12.5 million of war indemnity sent from Moscow. Germans receive at Orsha on September 10. Western Front Flanders: Skirmishing in Armentieres-Lens… learn more

Diary September 6, 1943

well camouflaged German heavy howitzer

WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 6, 1943: Eastern Front Central Sector: Russian advance southeast of Smolensk temporarily halted by defence line from Yelnya to river Desna. Air War Mediterranean: ‘Round-the-clock’ bombing of airfields and communications around Naples. Germany: 546… learn more

Diary September 6, 1918

6-inch 26-cwt howitzers

World War One Diary for Friday, September 6, 1918: Western Front Flanders: GERMAN EVACUATION OF LYS SALIENT COMPLETE. At OHL Conference Hindenburg stresses gravity of situation; Boehn recommends 45-mile retirement to Antwerp-Meuse position, instead decision taken to halt (if necessary)… learn more

Diary September 5, 1943

Soviet heavy field howitzers

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, September 5, 1943: Eastern Front Central sector: Russian 50th Army launches 2-pronged outflanking operations east of Bryansk. Air War Pacific: US paratroops land near Lae (New Guinea). learn more

Diary September 5, 1918

French Schneider Modele 1912 railway gun

World War One Diary for Thursday, September 5, 1918: Western Front Somme: French Third Army (Humbert) advances on St Quentin from Noyon, retakes Ham on September 6, fights across Crozat Canal at two points, retaking 5 villages on September 8,… learn more

Diary September 4, 1943

Australian Beaufighters

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 4, 1943: Sea War Pacific: Australian troops land east of Lae (New Guinea). learn more

Diary September 4, 1918

Soldiers of the 'Armee l'Orient'

World War One Diary for Wednesday, September 4, 1918: Southern Fronts Britain: Lloyd George approves Macedonia offensive after Guillaumat visits London, latter then visits Rome who approve on September 10. Western Front Flanders: British 29th Division captures Ploegsteert and Hill… learn more

Diary September 3, 1943

Flak towers at Berlin

WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 3, 1942: Air War Germany: 295 Avro Lancaster bombers raid Berlin (20 lost, 906t bombs dropped). Home Fronts Germany: One million women and children leave Berlin during or soon after the 3 big RAF… learn more

Diary September 3, 1918

British soldiers in action

World War One Diary for Tuesday, September 3, 1918: Western Front France: FOCH GENERAL ORDER SPECIFIES UNREMITTING ATTACKS ALL ALONG THE LINE. Germany: Ludendorff secret order deplores defeatist talk by men on leave. Artois: British re­enter Lens; rapid German retreat.… learn more

Diary September 2, 1943

bombardment at Reggio die Calabria from HMS Warspite

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, September 2, 1943: Sea War Mediterranean: HMS Valiant and Warspite – refitted following damage sustained in 1941 – bombard Reggio di Calabria. learn more

Diary September 2, 1918

Kanadische Truppen marschieren

World War One Diary for Monday, September 2, 1918: Western Front Artois: CANADIANS STORM DROCOURT-QUEANT ‘SWITCH LINE’ (Wotan sector of Hindenburg Line) in 4 hours from 0500 hours: 1st and 4th Divisions (7 Victoria Crosses won) break through and reach… learn more

Diary September 1, 1943

Partisan prepares the blow up of a railroad

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, September 1, 1943: Occupied Territories USSR: Second campaign by Russian Partisans against German rail communications: 193 groups destroy 32,000 rails, from Crimea to Karelia (ends November 1). Eastern Front Central Sector: Russian 5th Army (West… learn more

Diary September 1, 1918

platoon of Australian infantry

World War One Diary for Sunday, September 1, 1918: Western Front Britain: BEF peak 1918 estimated strength of 1,916,464 soldiers (record 163,635 Canadians). Somme: British 52nd and 57th Divisions finally secure Bullecourt and Hendecourt after fighting since August 28; BEF… learn more

Diary August 31, 1943

Fw 190 'cat's eye' night fighter

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, August 31, 1943: Air War Germany: 616 RAF bombers attacking Moenchengladbach and dropping 2,272t of bombs (night August 30-31). 45 RAF bombers shot down by German ‘cat’s eye’ night fighters, aided by searchlights and flares,… learn more

Diary August 31, 1918

Australian soldiers attacked at Mont St Quentin

World War One Diary for Saturday, August 31, 1918: Western Front Flanders: Germans evacuate Mt Kemmel. Cambrai: 3 German tanks attack British lines near Bapaume but repulsed by artillery fire; 2 captured. Somme – Second Battle of Bapaume (until September… learn more

Diary August 30, 1943

Assault by Soviet infantry

WW2 War Diary for Monday, August 30, 1943: Eastern Front Central Sector: Russian West Front captures Yelnya; 50th Army transferred from Kirov to Yelnya to exploit breakthrough. Southern Sector: Russians capture Taganrog. learn more

Diary August 30, 1918

camel supply column

World War One Diary for Friday, August 30, 1918: Middle East Trans-Jordan: First 600 supply camels begin 300-mile march to Azrak. Western Front AEF now holds 90 miles of front (68 miles on July 30), BEF holds 87 miles. Flanders:… learn more