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 April 19, 1944

British fleet as it arrived at Trincomalee on Ceylon

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 19, 1944: Sea War Indian Ocean: British Eastern Fleet planes attack Sabang harbour and airfields (Sumatra). Black Sea: Red fleet bombards Sebastopol. Air War Eastern Europe: RAF drops mines in river Danube. Home Fronts… learn more

Diary April 19, 1919

Robertson, chief of the British imperial general staff

World War One Diary for Saturday, April 19, 1919: Germany: General Robertson arrives at Cologne, relieves Plumer on April 22 as C-in-C, Rhine. France – Peace Process: Wilson refuses to participate in Dalmatian coast talks. Russia: Red attack on Sevastopol… learn more

Diary April 18, 1944

Hungarian officers confer with a German

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 18, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: 4th UF besieges Sebastopol. Panzers and Hungarian troops, with air support, begin series of counter-attacks between rivers Dniester and Pruth. Air War Britain – LAST AIR RAID ON… learn more

Diary April 18, 1919

General Jozef Haller's Polish troops

World War One Diary for Friday, April 18, 1919: Western Russia­: Poles invade, take Lida, then Vilna and Baronivichi (April 19). France – Peace Process: German Armistice Commission invited to Paris by French War Minister for April 25, Foch refusing… learn more

Diary April 17, 1944

ex-French Dewoitine D520 fighters of the Bulgarian Air Force

WW2 War Diary for Monday, April 17, 1944: Air War Eastern Europe: B-17 Fortress and B-24 Liberator bombers attack Belgrade and Sofia. Sea War Channel and North Sea: 7,000 mines laid by RN and RAF Bomber Command in approaches to… learn more

Diary April 17, 1919

Russian girl, victim of the devastating famine

World War One Diary for Thursday, April 17, 1919: Russia: Allies refuse Dr Nansen’s food offer to Russia unless fighting ceases. North Russia: General Maynard’s Whites rout Reds at Lake Vigo, Murmansk sector; second action near Bolshe Ozerki, Archangel sector. learn more

Diary April 16, 1944

'selection' at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, April 16, 1944: Occupied Territories Hungary: Eichmann begins systematic concentration of 800,000 Hungarian Jews in ghettos prior to their deportation to Auschwitz. Concentration phase completed early July; deportation phase completed end July. Eastern Front Southern… learn more

Diary April 16, 1919

Armed Red Workers and Soldiers

World War One Diary for Wednesday, April 16, 1919: Germany – Bavaria: ‘Red Victory of Dachau’; battalion of new Bavarian Red Army (c.20,000 strong) captures Dachau, northwest of Munich, routing or capturing c. 2000 Freikorps soldiers of previous government which… learn more

Diary April 15, 1944

Emergency landing of a B-24 Liberator

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, April 15, 1944: Air War Southeast Europe: 15th US Air Force sends 500 sorties to Bucharest and Ploesti. learn more

Diary April 15, 1919

Red commander V I Chapaev

World War One Diary for Tuesday, April 15, 1919: Siberia: Around this date White military control extended to railways and towns, but official in command of Urals industry resigns because lack of support from Omsk. South Russia: Around this date… learn more

Diary April 14, 1944

SU-76 near Tarnopol

WW2 War Diary for Friday, April 14, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: 1st and 2nd UFs capture Tarnopol (southeast of Lvov) and reach the Carpathians – driving massive wedge between German Army Group South and Army Group A. (April 14-17).… learn more

Diary April 14, 1919

unemployed, demobilized men in Berlin

World War One Diary for Monday, April 14, 1919: Rumania: The country adopts the Gregorian calendar. Britain: Trade allowed with Yugoslavia, Montenegro, Albania, Latvia and Lithuania. learn more

Diary April 13, 1944

Operation room at a tactical USAAF bomber base

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 13, 1944 Air War Western Europe: US and British TAFs carry out heavy attacks on German coastal batteries in Normandy. Germany: 2,000 USAAF bombers attacking Augsburg, Schweinfurt and other targets. Home Fronts Britain: Death… learn more

Diary April 13, 1919

Nehru and Gandhi

World War One Diary for Sunday, April 13, 1919: India: Amritsar Massacre; martial law declared (April 15 – June 9). learn more

Diary April 12, 1944

T-34 tanks near Odessa 1944

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 12, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: 3rd Ukrainian Front captures Tirasapol, 97 km northwest of Odessa. Occupied Territories Italy: King Victor Emmanuel announces his plans to retire from office when Allies enter Rome, and… learn more

Diary April 12, 1919

White troops charging

World War One Diary for Saturday, April 12, 1919: South Russia: Reds occupy Yalta and Zhitomir. Churchill enlarging British Military Mission to Denikin to 1,500 men (340 already sailed). Siberia: Whites take Buguruslan and Belebei; Ural Cossacks retake Orsk. France… learn more

Diary April 11, 1944

Russian infantry taking a village.

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 11, 1944: Home Fronts Southern Sector: Russians advance on Simferopol (Crimea). Air War Western Europe: 6 RAF de Havilland Mosquito bombers destroy Central Population Registry building in The Hague (containing Gestapo records). learn more

Diary April 11, 1919

Ex-Emperor Karl restoration attempt in Hungary

World War One Diary for Friday, April 11, 1919: Switzerland: Emperor Charles writes to King George V thanking him for help; moves to Villa Prangins, Lake Geneva in May. France – Peace Process: 4th Plenary Session approves International Labour Organization.… learn more

Diary April 10, 1944

German wounded are flown out

WW2 War Diary for Monday, April 10, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: ODESSA CAPTURED by Russian 3rd Ukrainian Front and Partisans. Sea War Atlantic: U-boats U-515 and U-68 sunk by US TG 21.12 (including escort carrier Guadalcanal). learn more

Diary April 10, 1919

Go Away, Little Man, and Don't Bother Me

World War One Diary for Thursday, April 10, 1919: France – Peace Process: League of Nations accepts Monroe Doctrine, Geneva to be its headquarter. India: Amritsar rioting begins. Rioting at Kansur (April 12) and in Punjab (April 14-18). Siberia: Reds… learn more