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 August 4, 1943

B-17F en route to a target in Italy

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, August 4, 1943: Air War Mediterranean: B-17 Fortress bomb Naples harbour and factories; Cathedral and Royal Palace also hit. 150 killed, 228 injured. learn more

Diary August 4, 1918

Adolf Hitler as a volunteer on the Western Front

World War One Diary for Sunday, August 4, 1918: Western Front Marne and Aisne – SECOND BATTLE OF THE MARNE ENDS: Allies have taken 35,000 PoWs and 700 guns. German rearguards withdraw to north bank of Vesle. Somme­: Germans withdraw… learn more

Diary August 3, 1943

Patton watching a battle

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, August 3, 1943: Mediterranean Sicily: Canadians capture Agira. Patton slaps hospitalized soldier (similar incident on August 10); he later apologizes. Sea War Atlantic: 150 US merchant ships transferred to British Merchant Navy. Mediterranean: Italian human… learn more

Diary August 3, 1918

German soldiers captured by French troops during the fighting

World War One Diary for Saturday, August 3, 1918: Western Front Marne and Aisne: Allied advance on 30-mile front to Fismes, US III Corps marching towards the Vesle takes Fismes on August 4. Somme: Germans withdraw behind the Ancre. Eastern… learn more

Diary August 2, 1943

Civilian casualties of the 'Battle of Hamburg'.

WW2 War Diary for Monday, August 2, 1943: Mediterranean Sicily: British and Canadians oust Germans from hill-top strongholds of Centuripe and Regalbuto; Gerbini airfield complex captured. Politics Portugal: Italian Ambassador in Lisbon contacts Allied representatives. Home Fronts China: Death of… learn more

Diary August 2, 1918

Soissons in August 1918

World War One Diary for Friday, August 2, 1918: Western Front Champagne and Marne: FRENCH (11th Division chasseurs) REOCCUPY SOISSONS (300 of 15.000 population left) and advance up to 6 miles; 50 villages retaken. Germans regroup behind rivers Veste and… learn more

Diary August 1, 1943

B-24 Liberator at roof height over the Ploesti Oilfields.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, August 1, 1943: Air War Eastern Europe: 164 B-24 Liberator bombers (56 lost) make low-level attack on Ploesti Oilfields, Rumania (Operation Tidal Wave). Mediterranean: 25 German bombers cause heavy damage in Palermo. Germany: 470 RAF… learn more

Diary August 1, 1918

Three Fokker D.VII of Jasta 2

World War One Diary for Thursday, August 1, 1918: Air War Germany: Army Air Service has 318 front-line units with establishment of 2,569 aircraft (excluding depot reserve) including 1,053 fighters and c.253 bombers. Western Front: During August Jastas equipped with… learn more

Diary July 31, 1943

Wildcat on a British carrier

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, July 31, 1943: Sea War North Sea: British carrier-based Martlet (US F-4 Wildcat) fighters shoot down 5 Bv 138 reconnaissance flying boats off Norway. Merchant shipping losses in July 1943: 30 Allied ships with 187,877… learn more

Diary July 31, 1918

Air combat between British and German fighters

World War One Diary for Wednesday, July 31, 1918: Air War Italian Front: Austrian ace Oblt F Linke-Crawford (c.30 victories) killed, his Phoenix fighter shot down at Montello by Cuttle of No 43 Squadron RAF in Sopwith Camel. Germany: 12… learn more

Diary July 30, 1943

Firefighters fight a fire Kassel

WW2 War Diary for Friday, July 30, 1943: Air War Germany: 8th AF raids Fieseler aircraft works at Kassel. RAF night attack with 228 bombers and 693t bombs on Remscheid (Ruhr), centre of German machine-tool industry. 245 RAF bombers attacking… learn more

Diary July 30, 1918

German paramedics in action

World War One Diary for Tuesday, July 30, 1918: Western Front Champagne and Marne: Allies capture Romigny-St Gemme. Fierce German resistance continues. American poet and journalist Sergeant Joyce Kilmer killed on Ourcq (165th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Division). Eastern Front Ukraine:… learn more

Diary July 29, 1943

burning city from the view of the bombardier of a Lancaster bomber

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, July 29, 1943: Air War Germany: 726 RAF bombers raid Hamburg and dropping 2,277t of bombs. learn more

Diary July 29, 1918

German soldiers in action

World War One Diary for Monday, July 29, 1918: Western Front Germany: Kaiser allows retreat to Bluecher position north of Vesle, Ludendorff orders on July 30. Champagne and Marne: French pincers close northeast of Oulcq-le-Chateau, capture Grand Rozoy and surround… learn more

Diary July 28, 1943

assembly line of German Focke-Wulf Fw 190

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, July 28, 1943: Air War Germany: B-17 Fortress bomb Focke-Wulf works at Oschersleben. Mediterranean Sicily: Canadian troops capture Leonforte, northeast of Enna. Sea War Pacific: 5,200-strong Japanese garrison of Kiska secretly evacuated aboard 2 cruisers… learn more

Diary July 28, 1918

Haig, is inspecting Canadian troops

World War One Diary for Sunday, July 28, 1918: Western Front Champagne and Marne: Since July 26, Allies (most of 5 US divisions engaged until July 31) have advanced 4 miles on 20-mile front. They cross the Ourcq and capture… learn more

Diary July 27, 1943

Two of the approx. 55,000 victims of the Fire Storm at Hamburg

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, July 27, 1943: Air War Germany – OPERATION GOMORRHA: FIRE STORM ENGULFS HAMBURG. Numerous major fires started 3 nights earlier are stoked up by renewed bombing by 722 RAF bombers (17 lost; 2,312t bombs) into… learn more

Diary July 27, 1918

Indian lancers

World War One Diary for Saturday, July 27, 1918: Western Front Champagne and Marne: Allied tanks and cavalry units pursue retreating Germans, but they have railway alternative to Soissons and still hold city. Middle East Mesopotamia: Royal Navy parties from… learn more

Diary July 26, 1943

Alliierter Frachter nach einem deutschen Luftangriff

WW2 War Diary for Monday, July 26, 1943: Sea War Atlantic: 4 British merchant ships bombed northwest of Lisbon (July 26 and 27). Home Fronts Italy: Fascist Party dissolved. Marshal Badoglio forms ‘non-Fascist’ Cabinet. Martial law in force throughout the… learn more

Diary July 26, 1918

German baggage train

World War One Diary for Friday, July 26, 1918: Western Front Champagne and Marne: ­GENERAL GERMAN RETREAT begins towards Eperrau, then extends to Marne and Ourcq valleys. Air War Western Front: Major E ‘Mick’ Mannock DSO, Commander No 85 Squadron… learn more