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 June 2, 1943

Painting the Red Star on a RAF Supermarine Spitfire at Abadan, Iran

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, June 2, 1943: Air War Eastern Front: Big air battle over Kursk; Russians claim 162 ‘kills’ for loss of 30. Sea War Mediterranean: Convoy of 129 ships, with 19 escorts, passes through Straits of Gibraltar… learn more

Diary June 2, 1918

Hermann Goering with the Pour le Merite

World War One Diary for Sunday, June 2, 1918: Air War Western Front: Oberleutnant Goering awarded Pour le Merite. Germans claim 38 Allied aircraft for loss of 17. Western Front USA: Pershing to ask for 250,000 men per month in… learn more

Diary June 1, 1943

Junkers Ju88C heavy long-range fighters

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, June 1, 1943: Secret War Western Europe: Ju 88C long-range fighters shoot down Dutch airliner over Bay of Biscay, following false report from agents in Lisbon that Churchill is aboard. No survivors; among 17 dead… learn more

Diary June 1, 1918

US troops march through a French village

World War One Diary for Saturday, June 1, 1918: Western Front Marne: Germans held between the Oise and Marne (US 3rd Division MG battalion in action, with 5 more divisions arriving including US 2nd) but reach edge of Villers-Cotterets Forest… learn more

Diary May 31, 1943

U-boat at Brest

WW2 War Diary for Monday, May 31, 1943: Sea War Merchant shipping losses in May 1943: 41 Allied ships with 205,598 tons in Atlantic, 17 Allied ships with 93,830 tons elsewhere. 42 Axis ships with 110,086 tons in Mediterranean, 34… learn more

Diary May 31, 1918

FT-17 with Hotchkiss machine-gun

World War One Diary for Friday, May 31, 1918: Western Front Battlefield debut of French Renault FT-17 light tank: 30 (3 lost) in Retz Forest helps stem German advance as do 4 more divisions. During May 250,000 US troops sail… learn more

Diary May 30, 1943

Killed Japnaese soldiers Attu

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, May 30, 1943: Sea War Pacific: End of organized Japanese resistance on Attu. 2,622 Japanese and 549 Americans killed. Air War Britain: FW 190 fighter-bombers raid Torquay: church hit (20 children and 5 adults killed).… learn more

Diary May 30, 1918

Greek Evzones in May 1918

World War One Diary for Thursday, May 30, 1918: Southern Fronts Macedonia – Combat of Skra di Legen: At 0455 hours Greek Crete and Archipelago divisions (2,659 casualties) storm fortified Bulgar 49th Regiment salient, rocky outwork of their line 10… learn more

Diary May 29, 1943

Chinese infantry from Yunnan

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, May 29, 1943: Far East China: Chinese troops recapture Yuyangkwan, east of Ichang. Air War Germany – Wuppertal Raid: 719 RAF bombers (33 lost) despatched; approx. 475 find target, dropping 1,900 t of bombs. Huge… learn more

Diary May 29, 1918

French PoWs

World War One Diary for Wednesday, May 29, 1918: Western Front Marne­: GERMANS CAPTURE SOISSONS, Fere-en­-Tardenois, Vregny plateau and heights south of the Vesle, cross river Ourcq French forced off ‘Paris Line’. Duchene tells Clemenceau his army ‘simply marching to… learn more

Diary May 28, 1943

RAF Warhawk pilots

WW2 War Diary for Friday, May 28, 1943: Air War Mediterranean: 100 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attack oil refinery and shipping at Leghorn (Livorno). P-40 Warhawk fighter-bombers and B-26 Marauder bombers hit 4 Sicilian airfields despite ‘terrific flak’. Germany: 493… learn more

Diary May 28, 1918

Battle of Cantigny

World War One Diary for Tuesday, May 28, 1918: Western Front Somme – Battle of Cantigny: First AEF offensive operation, by US 28th Infantry Regiment (3,874 men; 823 casualties), 1st Division captures village and beats off 3 counter­-attacks by German… learn more

Diary May 27, 1943

crew of an Allied high-altitude reconnaissance plane

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, May 27, 1943: Air War Germany: Mosquito bombers attack Carl Zeiss works at Jena, at roof-top height, despite balloon barrage and anti-aircraft guns. Occupied Territories Yugoslavia: British military mission parachutes into Yugoslavia and joins Tito’s… learn more

Diary May 27, 1918

German stormtroopers Chemin des Dames

World War One Diary for Monday, May 27, 1918: Western Front Aisne – THIRD BATTLE OF THE AISNE (until June 6): German Bluecher and Yorck Offensives against Anglo-French on Chemin des Dames. Bruchmueller 4,000-gun bombardment on 24-mile front from 0100… learn more

Diary May 26, 1943

German tank crew with Chetniks

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, May 26, 1943: Occupied Territories Yugoslavia: Fifth Axis offensive against Tito’s Partisans. 120,000 Germans, Italians, Bulgarians and Chetniks (turncoat partisans) trap 16,000 Partisans in Montenegro, but they fight their way out in June (8,000 killed).… learn more

Diary May 26, 1918

Mine of North Sea barrage

World War One Diary for Sunday, May 26, 1918: Sea War North Sea: US Mine Squadron 1 (Captain Reg Belkap’s 19 minelayers with 5,530 mines) arrives at Invergordon to help lay Northern Barrage with 57,000 US-made mines in next 5… learn more

Diary May 25, 1943

Edsel Ford

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, May 25, 1943: Home Fronts USA: Death of Edsel Ford, President of Ford Motor Company, aged 49. learn more

Diary May 25, 1918

position in the Alps 1918.

World War One Diary for Saturday, May 25, 1918: Southern Fronts Piave: Bersaglieri and Arditi surprise more Austrian Capo Sile positions and repel two counter­-attacks (night May 25-26). Trentino: Alpini attack in Tonale­-Adamello region (west of Lake Garda) and capture… learn more

Diary May 24, 1943

Admiral Doenitz with members of a U-boat crew

WW2 War Diary for Monday, May 24, 1943: Sea War Atlantic: ADMIRAL DOENITZ SUSPENDS U-BOAT OPERATIONS AGAINST CONVOYS (56 U-boats lost April – May, 1943). ‘Flak-trap’ U-boat U-441 shoots down Sunderland in Bay of Biscay. U-boats in this area frequently… learn more

Diary May 24, 1918

German captured tank Mk IV

World War One Diary for Friday, May 24, 1918: Western Front Britain: BEF Tank Corps Lieutenant-Colonel JFC Fuller writes ‘Plan 1919’ for Allied tank (4,992 requested) and all­vehicle breakthrough on broad front. Haig receives revised version July 21. Foch agrees… learn more