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 February 18, 1944

Amiens Prison Raid

WW2 War Diary for Friday, February 18, 1944: Air War Western Europe – Amiens Prison Raid: 19 Mosquito bombers (4 lost), led by Group-Captain Pickard (shot down by 2 Fw 190 fighters shortly after the raid and killed), breach walls… learn more

Diary February 18, 1919

Lewis Hine in Paris

World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 18, 1919: France – Peace Process: Yugoslav claims heard. Britain: Prime Minister instructs Food Ministry to lower prices. learn more

Diary February 17, 1944

Truk Raid

WW2 War Diary for Tursday, February 17, 1944: Sea War Pacific – THE TRUK RAID: 9 carriers of Admirals Mitscher’s TF 58 launch massive air strikes (February 17 and 18) against Truk – great Japanese naval and air base in… learn more

Diary February 17, 1919

first German airmail connection

World War One Diary for Monday, February 17, 1919: No special events that day. learn more

Diary February 16, 1944

SdKfz 251 of the German 4th Paratrooper Division at Anzio

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, February 16, 1944: Mediterranean Italy – Anzio: Germans drive deep salient into Allied line south of the ‘Factory’. Devastating artillery and air bombardment of entire Allied beachhead. Air War Germany: 806 RAF bombers attacking Berlin… learn more

Diary February 16, 1919

Polish insurgents shoot

World War One Diary for Sunday, February 16, 1919: France – Peace Process: Armistice extension terms signed at Trier, to last till peace signed (presented by Foch on February 14). Foch demands ‘cessation of the German attacks against Poles in… learn more

Diary February 15, 1944

destroyed ancient Abbey of Monte Cassino

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 15, 1944: Air War Mediterranean: MONTE CASSINO BOMBARDED. Ancient Abbey of Monte Cassino shattered by Allied bombers and artillery fire. 135 B-17 Fortress and medium bombers drop 493 t HE and IEs. 400 Italian… learn more

Diary February 15, 1919

completely overcrowded railway trains

World War One Diary for Saturday, February 15, 1919: France – Peace Process: Allied Supreme Economic Council raises Dardanelles blockade (British trade may resume with Turkey, Bulgaria and Russian Black Sea ports). President Wilson leaves France from Brest in liner… learn more

Diary February 14, 1944

US Marines using an advanced field telephone

WW2 War Diary for Monday, February 14, 1944: Sea War Pacific: American and NZ forces land on Green Island, between Bougainville and Rabaul. learn more

Diary February 14, 1919

White troops retreat

World War One Diary for Friday, February 14, 1919: France – Peace Process: League of Nations Covenant (published February 15) approved by 27 nations at 3rd Plenary Session. Germany: Ruhr general strike (until February 19), Spartacists seize several towns. Russia:… learn more

Diary February 13, 1944

Russian Front 1944

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, February 13, 1944: Eastern Front Northern Sector: Russians capture Luga (Leningrad Front). learn more

Diary February 13, 1919

proclaimation of the foundation of Lebanon

World War One Diary for Thursday, February 13, 1919: France – Peace Process: Syrian claims presented (Druses on February 15). South Russia: French General Berthelot arrives at Odessa and enrages Whites by saying he will give it to Ukrainians. Britain:… learn more

Diary February 12, 1944

US artillery bombards Cassino.

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, February 12, 1944: Mediterranean Italy: US 34th Infantry division attack halted only 274m short of Cassino. Sea War Indian Ocean: British troopship Khedive Ismail sunk by Japanese submarine I-27 (c.2,000 killed). Destroyers Paladin and Petard… learn more

Diary February 12, 1919

Foch and Clemenceau

World War One Diary for Wednesday, February 12, 1919: France – Peace Process: Allies settle Armistice conditions renewal and form Military and Naval Committee with Foch as President. Germany: New Chancellor Scheidemann forms Cabinet, Count Brockdorff-Rantzau Foreign Minister. Poland­: Allied… learn more

Diary February 11, 1944

Battleship Tirpitz in Norway

WW2 War Diary for Friday, February 11, 1944: Air War Arctic: Russian heavy bomber squadron makes night attack on battleship Tirpitz in Alta Fjord (1 near miss). learn more

Diary February 11, 1919

Ebert as the first president

World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 11, 1919: Germany: Ebert elected first President of German Republic; provisional Weimar constitu­tion published. France: Allied Maritime Transport Council announces use of surrendered tonnage for repatriation and food transport to Central Europe. Peace… learn more

Diary February 10, 1944

crew of a Fw 200 Condor in front of their plane

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, February 10, 1944: Sea War Atlantic: British tanker El Grillo bombed and sunk by FW 200 Condor. Pacific: Japanese Combined Fleet leaves Truk for Palau, near the Philippines. learn more

Diary February 10, 1919

destroyed Ypres

World War One Diary for Monday, February 10, 1919: France – Peace Process: Armistice committee appointed, Marshal Foch its President. French Finance Minister Klotz heard on German devastations in France. Italy refuses to submit Adriatic dispute with Yugoslavia to Wilson.… learn more

Diary February 9, 1944

victims of the area bombing

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, February 9, 1944: Home Front Britain: Bishop of Chichester questions the wisdom of RAF ‘area bombing’ raids on German cities, during debate in House of Lords. Viscount Cranbourne, replying, concedes that, if necessary, British Government… learn more

Diary February 9, 1919

Farman F60 Goliath

World War One Diary for Sunday, February 9, 1919: France – Aviation: First London­-Paris passenger flight, by Farman F60 Goliath, 3 1/2 hours at 97mph from Kenley to near Versailles. Baltic States: Cruiser HMS Caledon shells Reds out of Windau… learn more