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.

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Diary November 23, 1942

Shells are exploding in the streets of Leningrad.

WW2 War Diary for Monday, November 23, 1942: Eastern Front Siege of Leningrad: German heavy artillery and bombers in action before dawn. 50,000 shells hit the city during 1942; shelling takes place on 254 days. Africa Western Desert: Rommel evacuates… learn more

Diary November 23, 1917

Zeppelin L59

World War One Diary for Froday, November 23, 1917: Africa East Africa: Zeppelin L59 (left Jamboli, Bulgaria on November 21 with 15t supplies including 30 MGs after vain attempts on November 13 and 16) turns back west of Khartoum during… learn more

Diary November 22, 1942

Stuttgart after air raid

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, November 22, 1942: Air War Germany: 222 RAF bombers including Short Stirlings attack Stuttgart and dropping 335 tons of bombs (night November 22-23). Eastern Front Siege of Leningrad: German heavy artillery continues to bombard city.… learn more

Diary November 22, 1917

German troops move through a village in northern Italy

World War One Diary for Thursday, November 22, 1917: Southern Fronts Piave: Crisis day in key Mt Grappa sector as Austro­-Germans storm onto Mt.Tomba (3,176 ft), but Laderchi’s IX Corps’ final effort drives them off (one Italian regiment reduced to… learn more

Diary November 21, 1942

Trying to dig out a B-24 Liberator from mud

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, November 21, 1942: Air War Mediterranean: B-17 Fortress and P-38 Lighhtnings raid Tunis Airport. Southeast Asia: RAF bombers hit fuel dump on Mingaladon airfield, Burma. learn more

Diary November 21, 1917

British reserves are waiting

World War One Diary for Wednesday, November 21, 1917: Western Front Cambrai: British advance to Cambrai resumed and with 12 tanks captures Cantaing (300 PoWs) and Tadpole Copse; 2 tanks and 6th Division recapture Noyelles. At Fontaine-Notre­ Dame they are… learn more

Diary November 20, 1942

Troops of the Queen's Regment

WW2 War Diary for Friday, November 20, 1942: Africa Western Desert: Benghazi captured by 8th Army. Home Fronts Hungary: Death of Count Leopold von Berchtold, notorious Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister at the outbreak of World War One; aged 79. learn more

Diary November 20, 1917

Britsih tanks advance during the Battle of Cambrai

World War One Diary for Tuesday, November 20, 1917: Western Front Cambrai – BATTLE OF CAMBRAI (until December 3). FIRST MASSED TANK ATTACK: Reinforced British Third Army (Byng) with 19 divisions and entire Tank Corps led by Brigade-General Elles in… learn more

Diary November 19, 1942

Russian civilians are cheering to the advancing Red Army

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, November 19, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: ZHUKOV LAUNCHES SURPRISE COUNTER-OFFENSIVE AT STALINGRAD (Operation Uranus) employing 3 fronts, totalling 10 armies and 1 tank army (900 tanks) supported by 13,500 guns and mortars and Katyusha rocket… learn more

Diary November 19, 1917

British tanks loaded on trains

World War One Diary for Monday, November 19, 1917: Western Front Cambrai: British Tank Corps, moved up by train, begins to move to start line (night November 19-20). Flanders: German trench raids on British sector. Lorraine: Captain Patton joins US… learn more

Diary November 18, 1942

British Sherman tank Tunisia

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, November 18, 1942: Africa Northwest Africa: British 1st Army (actually only amounting to 1 division) advancing in 3 columns and along coast road and mountain roads towards Bizerta and Tunis. Western Desert: 8th Army captures… learn more

Diary November 18, 1917

Burial of General Sir Frederick Maude at Baghdad

World War One Diary for Sunday, November 18, 1917: Middle East Mesopotamia: Death of Maude of cholera in Baghdad, aged 53. Lieutenant-General Marshall succeeds, has 69,500 men and 302 guns near Baghdad (total MEF strength 254,924 soldiers plus 158,428 followers).… learn more

Diary November 17, 1942

C-47 Dakotas loaded with British paratroops

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, November 17, 1942: Air War Northwest Africa: British paratroopers land at Souk-el-Arba airfield, commandeer French motor transport and leave at top speed for Bizerta. learn more

Diary November 17, 1917

Battlecruiser 'Glorious'

World War One Diary for Saturday, November 17, 1917: Sea War North Sea – Last cruiser action off Heligoland: Vice-Admiral T Napier’s battlecruisers Glorious, Courageous and Repulse, 8 cruisers and 10 destroyers chase 4 German light cruisers, which were covering… learn more

Diary November 16, 1942

German assault troop leader in Stalingrad

WW2 War Diary for Monday, November 16, 1942: Pacific New Guinea: American and Australian troops begin assault on Japanese fortress of Buna. Air War Southeast Asia: US bombers raid Bangkok. learn more

Diary November 16, 1917

German lancers in Palestine

World War One Diary for Friday, November 16, 1917: Middle East Palestine: NZ Mounted Brigade occupies Jaffa and Australian Mounted Division Latrun. Turk Eighth Army behind river Auja to north. Sea War North Sea: Royal Navy K1 steam submarine has… learn more

Diary November 15, 1942

German paratroopers on their way to Medjez-el-Bab in Tunisia

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, November 15, 1942: Africa Northwest Africa: British troops enter Tunisia. Sea War Atlantic: Escort carrier Avenger sunk by U-boat U 155 west of Gibraltar. Pacific: 4 remaining Japanese troopships beached on Guadalcanal, where they are… learn more

Diary November 15, 1917

Turkish cavalrymen retreat through Palestine

World War One Diary for Thursday, November 15, 1917: Middle East Palestine: Anzac Mounted Division occupies Ramleh and Ludd. Yeomanry charge against Turk rearguard at entry to Judean Hills. Eastern Front Russia: Reds win fight for Kremlin. Southern Russia: Alexeiev… learn more

Diary November 14, 1942

damaged battleship 'USS South Dakota'

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, November 14, 1942: Sea War Pacific: 7 of 11 Japanese transports, carrying reinforcements to Guadalcanal, sunk by US planes from carrier Enterprise and Henderson Field. SECOND BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL: Battleship-vs-battleship action; Washington sinks Kirishima; South… learn more

Diary November 14, 1917

Column of Italian soldiers who had been captured

World War One Diary for Wednesday, November 14, 1917: Southern Fronts Trentino: Conrad and Krauss’ Austrians armies link up at Fonzaso. Salonika: British begin 50­-mile Stavros light railway, with 4,000 Turk PoWs in batches from Cyprus, to replace uncertain shipping… learn more