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 January 6, 1944

T-34-85 Model 1943

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, January 6, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Rokitno (East Poland) captured by Russians. Air War Britain/USA: Joint RAF-USAAF statement discloses the hitherto secret development of jet aircraft in Britain and USA. Full details of the… learn more

Diary January 6, 1919

armed workers in Berlin

World War One Diary for Monday, January 6, 1919: Germany: SPD politician Gustav Noske made C-in-C Berlin garrison, he encourages the formation of 28 Freikorps nationwide by end January. Yugoslavia: Prime Minster Protich notifies Allies of union. Britain: Engineering and… learn more

Diary January 5, 1944

Soviet war victims.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, January 5, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Russian 2nd UF drives salient into German lines at Kirovograd, south of Kiev (January 5-8). Mediterranean Italy: Lieutenant-General Leese appointed GOC British 8th Army. 5th US Army attacks… learn more

Diary January 5, 1919

Karl Liebknecht speaks to the people

World War One Diary for Sunday, January 5, 1919: Germany: Spartacist revolutionary workers rise vs Government which they declare deposed at Berlin; 700,000 said to be in protest demo over Government’s dismissal of left-wing Berlin police chief (January 2), but… learn more

Diary January 4, 1944

SU-76 self-propelled guns is crossing the Polish pre-war border

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, January 4, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Red Army cross Polish frontier near Olevsk; Byelaya Tserkov, 64 km southwest of Kiev, captured. Mediterranean Italy: 5th US Army begins crossing river Peccia. Occupied Territories Greece: 3… learn more

Diary January 4, 1919

The 'Iron Brigade', the first unit of the new German Reichswehr

World War One Diary for Saturday, January 4, 1919: Baltic States: 2 Royal Navy cruisers and 1 destroyer help Estonian Army smash Red Seventh Army. Estonia appeals arms from Britain on January 6. Germany: Death of Ex-Chancellor Count Hertling aged… learn more

Diary January 3, 1944

German Hornisse tank destroyers

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 3, 1944: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Red Army now 15 miles (24 km) from old Polish frontier. Air War Germany: 311 RAF bombers attacking Berlin and dropping 1,116t of bombs. learn more

Diary January 3, 1919

Recruitment poster for the Jewish Legion

World War One Diary for Friday, January 3, 1919: Britain: Feisal-Weizmann Agreement in London (T E Lawrence present) welcomes Jewish settlement in Palestine. 19,000 soldiers protest at Folkestone over slow demobilization, refuse to return to France from leave. Rutherford splits… learn more

Diary January 2, 1944

B-17 at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 2, 1944: Air War Pacific: First of 14 Allied bombing raids on airfields and shipping at Rabaul during the month. Germany: 386 RAF bombers attacking Berlin and dropping 1,401t of bombs. Sea War Pacific:… learn more

Diary January 2, 1919

Street fighting in the Ukraine

World War One Diary for Thursday, January 2, 1919: Russia: Reds advance on Reval and Riga; Ukraine fighting; White offensive in Caucasus. Danube: Czechs fight Hungarians at Pressburg. Britain: Trenchard Independ­ent Air Force dispatch and Brigade-General Cockerill’s Special Intelligence report… learn more

Diary January 1, 1944

Luftwaffe soldiers deployed as firefighters

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 1, 1944: Air War Germany: RAF raids Berlin on six nights in January. Eastern Front Southern Sector: Russians capture Belokovorichi, only 43 km east of old Polish frontier. Home Front Britain: Death of Sir… learn more

Diary January 1, 1919

American soldiers aboard a cruiser to Arkhangelsk

World War One Diary for Wednesday, January 1, 1919: Russia­: According to its C-in-C Red Army has 600,000 rifles for 788,000 men; 8,000 MGs and 1,700 field guns in January. White Russian General Eugene K Miller (1914-17 corps and army… learn more

Diary December 31, 1943

partisans at a rail blast

WW2 War Diary for Friday, December 31, 1943: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Russians storm Zhitomir – routing German garrison – and sweep westwards towards pre-war Polish frontier. Home Fronts USA: Death of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the composer; aged 69. Mediterraean Italy:… learn more

Diary December 31, 1918

preamble to the final constitution of the German Reich

World War One Diary for Tuesday, December 31, 1918: Home Fronts Germany: Vorwaerts publishes draft German constitution. Landsturm demobilized and dissolved. USA: War Industries and Railroad Board dissolved. Britain: 288,438 troops demobilized so far; 124,680 British ex-PoWs reach dispersal camps.… learn more

Diary December 30, 1943

British fleet as it arrived at Trincomalee on Ceylon

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, December 30, 1943: Sea War North Sea: Battleships HMS Queen Elizabeth, Valiant, Renown and aircraft carriers Illustrious and Unicorn leave Scapa Flow and the Clyde for Ceylon. Air War Germany: 656 RAF bombers attacking Berlin… learn more

Diary December 30, 1918

Communist Party of Germany.

World War One Diary for Monday, December 30, 1918: Home Fronts Germany: German Communist Party founded. Eastern Front North Russia: Allies take Kadish. Siberia: Kolchak takes Birsk. Politics Britain: Wilson receives freedom of Manchester. learn more

Diary December 29, 1943

German forward observer

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, December 29, 1943: Eastern Front Southern Sector: New Russian offensive under way in Dnieper Bend, west of Zaporozhe. learn more

Diary December 29, 1918

Demonstration of the majority socialists for the German government

World War One Diary for Sunday, December 29, 1918: Home Fronts Germany: Majority Socialist demo in Berlin vs Spartacists, but 3 Independ­ent Socialists leave Government. France: Liberated Districts Ministry formed. Britain: ­Meat ration coupon value raised from 4d to 5d… learn more

Diary December 28, 1943

German infantry from a Luftwaffe unit pass a disabled tank destroyer Elefant

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, December 28, 1943: Mediterranean Italy: Canadian troops capture Ortona (Adriatic coast) after prolonged, savage, house-to-house fighting with German paratroops and Panzer-Grenadiers, supported by tanks concealed inside buildings. Secret War Channel Islands: Abortive British Commando raid… learn more

Diary December 28, 1918

German SPD cabinet December 1918

World War One Diary for Saturday, December 28, 1918: Home Fronts Germany: 3 Commissars (USPD) resign but replaced by SPDs. BRITISH GENERAL ELEC­TION RESULTS: Government Coalition 478 seats (Tory 384; LG Liberal 138, Coalition Labour 14) vs 219 Opposition (58… learn more