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 December 16, 1944

Panther tank as M10 tank destroyer

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 16, 1944: Western Front BATTLE OF THE BULGE: Rundstedt and Model, under Hitler‘s direct command, launch surprise counter-offensive into the Ardennes on weakest sector of Allied line, held by 8th Corps, US 1st Army.… learn more

Diary December 16, 1939

Russian T-26TU tank

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 16, 1939: Finland Winter War – First Battle of Summa: waves of Russian infantry and tanks, with air support, attempt to overrun the Summa sector of the Mannerheim Line. Finns repel all attacks (the… learn more

Diary December 16, 1914

War Diary World War One for Wednesday, December 16, 1914: Sea War North Sea: 100 mines laid off by cruiser Kolberg near Scarborough. 20 of them swept on December 19, but 21 vessels sunk before field is cleared in April… learn more

Diary December 15, 1914

War Diary World War One for Tuesday, December 15, 1914: Southern Fronts Serbia: Serb patrols reoccupy Belgrade at 1000 hours and gunners hit Austrian pontoon bridge. END OF THIRD AUSTRIAN INVASION with loss of 41,000 PoWs and 133 guns. King… learn more

Diary December 15, 1939

remains of the Russian 44th motorized Infantry Division

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 15, 1939: Finland Winter War – Battle of Suomussalmi: Finns destroy 163rd (Tula) Division and 44th motorized Division in the ‘Waist’. Russian losses: 6,000-plus killed, 1,800 PoWs, 54 guns, 97 tanks, 420 vehicles and… learn more

Diary December 15, 1944

Lancaster with 12000-lb bomb

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 15, 1944: Air War Europe: Lancaster bombers escorted by Spitfires drop 12,000-lb. bombs on E-boat pens at Ijmuiden (Holland). Western Front 7th US Army enters Germany from Alsace. Burma Chinese capture Bhamo. Sea War… learn more

Diary December 14, 1944

aircrafts on deck of carrier of Essex class

War Diary WW2 for Thursday, December 14, 1944: Sea War Pacific: TF 38 raids airfields on Luzon, destroying 170 Japanese aircraft for the loss of 65 US planes. Western Front Germans counter-attack at Colmar (Alsace). learn more

Diary December 14, 1914

War Diary World War One for Monday, December 14, 1914: Middle East Armenia: Enver Pasha arrives at Köprüköy, takes Third Army from Hasan Izzet. Tsar decorates 1,200 men from Front. Western Front Flanders: French 32nd and 16th Divisions attack near… learn more

Diary December 14, 1939

Finnish soldiers with reindeers

War Diary WW2 for Thursday, December 14, 1939: Finland Winter War: Russians launch new drive on Petsamo front (Arctic). Politics LEAGUE OF NATIONS EXPELS SOVIET UNION (RUSSIA). Sea War Atlantic: German liner Columbus (33,000 t.) leaves Vera Cruz (Mexico) for… learn more

Diary December 13, 1914

War Diary World War One for Sunday, December 13, 1914: Sea War Dardanelles – First battleship sunk by subma­rine: old Turk battleship Messudieh sunk at anchor in shoal water north of Kephez Point by RN submarine B11 (Holbrook) after passing… learn more

Diary December 13, 1944

B-29 was forced down at sea

War Diary WW2 for Wednesday, December 13, 1944: Air War Pacific: B-29 Superfortress seriously damage Mitsubishi works at Nagoya. Germany: RAF bombers attacking Essen and dropping 2,354 t of bombs. Western Front Allied forces capture Fort Jeanne d’Arc – last… learn more

Diary December 13, 1939

Admiral Graf Spee enters Montevideo

War Diary WW2 for Wednesday, December 13, 1939: Sea War Atlantic – BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE: British cruisers Exeter and Ajax and NZ cruiser Achilles intercept pocket-battleship Admiral Graf Spee off Plate Estuary, South America. All ships are damaged:… learn more

Diary December 12, 1939

Finnish 75mm mountain howitzer

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 12, 1939: Finland Winter War – Battle of Tolvaajarvi: Finns destroy two divisions north of Lake Ladoga, killing 4,000 Russians, capturing 30 guns, 60 tanks and 600 PoWs (ends December 24). Battle of Kitela:… learn more

Diary December 12, 1914

War Diary World War One for Saturday, December 12, 1914: Eastern Front Carpathians: Austrians retake Dukla Pass and Nowy Sacz. Southern Fronts Serbia: Austrian Sixth Army recrosses Sava at Sabac until next day. Bosnia­: Montenegrins retake Visegrad. Western Front Artois:… learn more

Diary December 12, 1944

M12 155mm GMC provides fire support for US infantry

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 12, 1944: Western Front US 1st Army battles its way through the Hürtgen Forest to within 2 km of Düren. Air War Germany: Lancaster bombers escorted by P-51 Mustangs bomb Witten, only ‘virgin’ target… learn more

Diary December 11, 1944

M7 105mm HMC moves through Haguenau

War Diary WW2 for Monday, December 11, 1944: Western Front US 7th Army enters Haguenau (Alsace). Air War Europe: 2,000 bombers of 8th and 15th USAAFs attack rail targets in Germany and oil plant and ordnance depots near Vienna. 882… learn more

Diary December 11, 1914

War Diary World War One for Friday, December 11, 1914: Air War Western Front: RFC and RNAS adopt roundel national marking following example set by French Aviation Militaire. This supersedes Union Jack marking carried since war’s early days and frequently… learn more

Diary December 11, 1939

LPG replace gasoline in cars

War Diary World War One for Monday, December 11, 1939: Politics League of Nations urges Russia to cease hostilities in Finland within 24 hours and accept mediation (Russian rejection on December 12). Home Fronts Britain – Coventry Explosion trial: two… learn more

Diary December 10, 1944

B-17G overhead view

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 10, 1944: Air War Germany: Americans bomb rail targets at Coblenz and Bingen. Politics Franco-Soviet 20-year Treaty of Alliance signed in Moscow. Occupied countries Norway: Norwegian para­troops, flown from Britain, destroy hundreds of rails… learn more

Diary December 10, 1939

Lance-corporal of 1st Canadian Division

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 10, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: First Canadian troop convoy sails from Halifax, with 5 liners under heavy escort (arrives Britain, December 23). Baltic: Russian submarine S-1 sinks (in error) German SS Bolheim in Gulf… learn more