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 October 20, 1943

'Ranger' Mosquito night intruders

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 20, 1943: Air War Germany: 285 RAF and RCAF Lancaster bombers raid Leipzig in severe weather (1,085t bombs dropped). Mosquitoe bombers attack Berlin. 17 planes lost. Britain: Attempted night raids on London and Hull… learn more

Diary October 20, 1918

Corporal of a German infantry regiment

World War One Diary for Sunday, October 20, 1918: Southern Fronts Serbia – Battle of Paracin (­until October 23): Serb First Army attacks strong counter-attacking German rearguards in Upper Morava valley. Serb Second Army relieves French at Pristina before advance… learn more

Diary October 19, 1943

Beaufighter firing rockets

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 19, 1943: Air War Mediterranean: B-25 Mitchell bombers and Beaufighters attack convoys north of Crete (October 19 and 20). German prison ship Sinfra sunk (566 men rescued). Politics Britain: London Protocol signed; Britain, USA… learn more

Diary October 19, 1918

coastal battery position on the Belgian coast

World War One Diary for Saturday, October 19, 1918: Western Front France: FOCH’S LAST GENERAL DIRECTIVE to his 14 armies. Britain: Haig visits CIGS and War Cabinet in London, considers ‘enemy was not ready for unconditional surrender’ but urges terms… learn more

Diary October 18, 1943

Entrance to the underground headquarters of the RAF Bomber Command

WW2 War Diary for Monday, October 18, 1943: Air War Germany: 349 RAF bombers attacking Hannover (night October 18-19) and dropping 1,697t of bombs. Home Fronts Germany: Hitler confers with two Bulgarian Regents. learn more

Diary October 18, 1918

Peugeot armoured car provides fire support

World War One Diary for Friday, October 18, 1918: Western Front Serre: Mangin’s French Tenth Army wins final victory breaking Hunding line astride river Serre (Czechs in action on October 22), north of Laon. Mangin and HQ withdrawn for planned… learn more

Diary October 17, 1943

auxiliary cruiser 'Michel'

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, October 17, 1943: Sea War Pacific: German disguised raider Michel sunk off Yokohama by US submarine Tarpon. Exchange of Japanese and Allied civilian internees aboard liners Teia Maru and Gripsholm at Marmagao (Portuguese India). Arctic:… learn more

Diary October 17, 1918

Hungarian soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army in Prague

World War One Diary for Thursday, October 17, 1918: Politics Austria­: Czechs proclaim Republic at Prague (Council in Paris declares formal independence on October 18); Hungarian Parliament declares independence except for Crown as figurehead. Germany: Kaiser, Ludendorff and Prince Max… learn more

Diary October 16, 1943

Troops of the SS division Prinz Eugen

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 16, 1943: Occupied Territories Yugoslavia: Sixth German offensive against Tito’s Partisans in Bosnia (ends inconclusively, mid-January 1944). Eastern Front Southern Sector: Fierce fighting in Melitopol. Air War Eastern Front: Luftwaffe flies many hundreds of… learn more

Diary October 16, 1918

American Mk V Tanks

World War One Diary for Wednesday, October 16, 1918: Western Front Flanders: Last German shelling of Dunkirk. Corporal Hitler (16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment) wounded by BEF gas shell (evacuated half­-blinded to Pasewalk hospital, Pomerania). Aisne: FRENCH TROOPS (Gouraud) CROSS RIVER,… learn more

Diary October 15, 1943

Canadian infantrymen of the British 8th Army

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 15, 1943: Mediterranean Italy: British 8th Army captures Campobasso and Vinchiaturo – important road junctions south of Rome and the Gustav Line. learn more

Diary October 15, 1918

section of Gordon Highlanders

World War One Diary for Tuesday, October 15, 1918: Western Front Germany: Since September 26, 43 German reserve divisions committed. Flanders: British 34th Division return to Menin as to south Second Army reaches and crosses river Lys (until October 16),… learn more

Diary October 14, 1943

B-17 force landing in Switzerland

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 14, 1943: Air War Germany – SECOND SCHWEINFURT RAID (‘Black Thursday’): 291 B-17 Fortress bombers despatched; 228 drop 483 t bombs on target. 60 planes lost. 8th AF temporarily abandons deep-penetration strategic raids. Eastern… learn more

Diary October 14, 1918

US 155 mm howitzer Maas-Argonnen

World War One Diary for Monday, October 14, 1918: Western Front Flanders – BATTLE OF COURTRAI (until October 19): BEF Second Army (16 divisions) and Franco­-Belgian troops renew offensive at 0530 hours vs German Fourth Army’ (16 divisions) between Dixmude… learn more

Diary October 13, 1943

Italian troops loyal to Mussolini

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 13, 1943: Politics Italy: Badoglio Government in Southern Italy declares war on Germany. She is not regarded as a full Ally and is classed as a ‘Co-Belligerent’. learn more

Diary October 13, 1918

armoured car surprises a German infantry

World War One Diary for Sunday, October 13, 1918: Western Front Aisne: French Tenth Army enters Laon (population 10,000) after 11-mile advance in 36 hours, presses north to river Serre, has taken 26,000 PoWs and 400 guns since August 17.… learn more

Diary October 12, 1943

Heavy US artillery Italy

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 12, 1943: Mediterranean Italy – BATTLE OF VOLTURNO RIVER (October 12-19): Allied land attack followed by sea-borne operation (October 13). Air War Pacific: 350 Allied planes raid Rabaul. learn more

Diary October 12, 1918

Pic from a British propaganda leaflet

World War One Diary for Saturday, October 12, 1918: Western Front Germany: Hindenburg warns troops that favourable armistice terms depend on.successful resitance. OHL sanctions Sixth Army retirement (begins early October 15). Mudra replaces O Below (recalled to Germany to organize… learn more

Diary October 11, 1943

Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu

WW2 War Diary for Monday, October 11, 1943: Air War Southeast Asia: Japanese bomb Madras (India). learn more

Diary October 11, 1918

Retreat of German units

World War One Diary for Friday, October 11, 1918: Western Front GERMANS forced by pressure on flanks into GENERAL WITHDRAWAL between rivers Oise and Meuse to Hunding­-Brunhild line. Flanders­: German Army and Marine units hasten evacuation of coastal bases and… learn more