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:



Diary December 5, 1914

War Diary World War One for Saturday, December 5, 1914: Home Fronts France: 12 Scottish female doctors and nurses arrive in Calais to combat Belgian Army typhoid until February 1915. 32 Scots women hospital arrives in Paris to tend French… learn more

Diary December 5, 1944

US fighter behind Me 110

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 5, 1944: Air War Europe: 550 8th USAAF planes (12 lost) escorted by 800 fighters (9 lost) attack Tegel tank works, Berlin and Münster marshalling yards; 91 German fighters shot down over Berlin. RAF… learn more

Diary December 5, 1939

Russian-Finnish border with anti-tank obstacles

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 5, 1939 Finland Winter War: Finnish covering forces complete withdrawal to Mannerheim Line. Finnish Blenheim bombers raid Murmansk air base. learn more

Diary December 4, 1944

Standby fair of German night fighter crews

War Diary WW2 for Monday, December 4, 1944: Air War Germany: Destructive RAF night raid on Heilbronn (1,241 t bombs), east of Karlsruhe; numerous combats with night fighters. RAF bombers attacking also Karlsruhe and dropping 2,297 t of bombs. Western… learn more

Diary December 4, 1914

War Diary World War One for Friday, December 4, 1914: Eastern Front Poland: Russian front broken at Ilov, 2 reserve divisions reduced to 4 or 5 companies strength. Western Front Flanders: French recapture Langemarck. King George visits Belgian HQ and… learn more

Diary December 4, 1939

HMS Nelson

War Diary WW2 for Monday, December 4, 1939: Sea War Battleship HMS Nelson, flagship of British Home Fleet, damaged by magnetic mine near Loch Ewe. Royal Navy S class sub Salmon sinks U-boat U-36 off Norway. Western Front King George… learn more

Diary December 3, 1944

General Patton

War Diary for Sunday, December 3, 1944: Western Front Pattons 3rd US Army captures main bridge over river Saar at Saarlautern. Air War Germany: RAF bombers attacking Hagen and dropping 1,802 t of bombs. learn more

Diary December 3, 1939

Swedish Lynx armoured car

War Diary for Sunday, December 3, 1939: Neutrals Sweden: Army reservists called up and minefield laid off the East Coast. learn more

Diary December 3, 1914

War Diary for Thursday, December 3, 1914: Southern Fronts Serbia: General Serb counter­offensive (Battle of the Ridges) catches Austrian Sixth Army off guard (heavy artillery is in rear), Misic’s First Army advances several miles taking 1,512 PoWs, 5 guns and… learn more

Diary December 2, 1944

Mussolini in winter 1944-45

War Diary for Saturday, December 2, 1944: Western Front Americans enter Saarlautern. Occupied countries Italy: Death of Filippo Marinetti, founder of ‘Futurist‘ art movement (1909) and leading Fascist author; aged 67. learn more

Diary December 2, 1939

French observer Western Front 1939

War Diary for Saturday, December 2, 1939: Finland Winter War: Finnish covering forces (13,000 men) on Karelian Isthmus slowly withdrawing to the Mannerheim Line. Mines and traps destroy numbers of Russian tanks. Helsinki Olympic Games (planned for 1940) abandoned. Sea… learn more

Diary December 2, 1914

von Spee off Cape Horn

War Diary for Wednesday, December 2, 1914: Sea War South Atlantic: Spee’s East Asia squadron surrounding the Horn in the night of December 1-2. East of the Horn cruiser Leipzig captures Scottish 3-masted barque Drummuir, takes her 2800t coal between… learn more

Diary December 1, 1944

Hetzer tank destroyer killed by Bazooka

War Diary for Friday, December 1, 1944: Western Front 3rd US Army reaches river Saar. Occupied countries Crete: Germans on Crete abandon all areas except large towns. Air War Germany: RAF bombers attacking Duisburg and dropping 2,270 t of bombs. learn more

Diary December 1, 1939

downed Russian bomber Tupolev SB-2

War Diary for Friday, December 1, 1939: Finland Winter War Finland: Helsinki bombed (80 killed, November 30 – December 1). Finnish coalition government formed, including Ryti (Prime Minister) and Tanner (Foreign Minister). Neutrals Scandinavia: Widespread pro-Finnish demonstrations. learn more

Diary December 1, 1914

War Diary for Tuesday, December 1, 1914: Air War Western Front: First German aircraft with radio equipment on artillery spotting duties. French aviators Garros and Saulnier make first airborne firing tests of device for firing MG through arc of rotating… learn more

Diary November 30, 1944

Pile of rubble of a downed B-17

War Diary for Thursday, November 30, 1944: Air War Germany: 8th USAAF encounters severe flak during raids on oil plants in Leipzig area (53 planes lost). RAF drops 2,000 t. bombs on Duisburg. RAF drops 14,312 t. bombs on German… learn more

Diary November 30, 1939

map of Winter War in Finland 1939-40

War Diary for Thursday, November 30, 1939: Finland WINTER WAR: RUSSIAN INVASION OF FINLAND. 26 divisions attack on four fronts at Karelian Isthmus, North of lake Ladoga, in the ‘Waist’, and at Petsamo (Arctic), supported by 900 aircraft and Baltic… learn more

Diary November 30, 1914

War Diary for Monday, November 30, 1914: Western Front Flanders: Artillery duels. King George V first visits BEF, now 200,000 strong. Artois: Artillery duels. Eastern Front Poland: Battle of Lowicz­-Sanniki until December 17 involves German Ninth Army reinforced by 9… learn more

Diary November 29, 1944

Heavy 8-wheel armored cars SdKfz 232

War Diary for Wednesday, November 29, 1944: Russian Front Russian and Yugoslav forces capture Mohacs and Pecs, after crossing river Danube south of Budapest. Sea War Pacific: Giant Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano sunk by US submarine Archerfish. Air War Germany:… learn more

Diary November 29, 1914

War Diary for Sunday, November 29, 1914: Western Front Somme: French advance around the village of Chaulnes. Argonne: French recapture Bagatelle. Vosges: French repulse attacks at Ban-de-Sapt. Bavarians forming first ski battalion. Artois: General Fayolle (70th Reserve Division) writes ‘I… learn more