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 October 16, 1939

German infantry on the French border

War Diary for Monday, October 16, 1939: Western Front Germans counter-attack in Saar region and within 48 hours expel remaining French ‘covering forces’; few casualties on either side. Air War Nine new Ju 88 dive-bombers in attack on warships at… learn more

Diary October 16, 1944

consumer goods rationed

War Diary for Monday, October 16, 1944: Western Front US forces close the ring around Aachen. Occupied Countries Hungary: Ferenc Szalasi, leader of fascist ‘Arrow Cross’ Party appointed acting-Regent and ‘Royal Hungarian Premier’; his followers launch reign of terror against… learn more

Diary October 16, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Friday, October 16, 1914: Western Front Flanders – BATTLE OF THE YSER BEGINS (until October 31): Germans attack Dixmude. Belgians retire from Houthulst Forest northeast of Ypres. Foch visits King Albert. Allies occupy… learn more

Diary October 15, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Thursday, October 15, 1914: Eastern Front Poland: FIRST BATTLE OF WARSAW (until October 23) all along Vistula; 4 German corps against 4 Russian armies, Germans within 7 miles (ca. 11 km) of Warsaw… learn more

Diary October 15, 1939

Finnish instructor for Suomi sub-machine gun

War Diary for Sunday, October 15, 1939: Neutrals Finland: Compulsory National Service introduced. learn more

Diary October 15, 1944

Admiral Nikolaus Horthy

War Diary for Sunday, October 15, 1944: Air War Germany: Daylight raid on Sorpe Dam: Lancaster bombers obtain direct hits on vast earthwork-concrete structure with 12,000-lb DA bombs. Occupied Countries Hungary: Skorzeny and SS men kidnap son of Regent Horthy;… learn more

Diary October 14, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Wednesday, October 14, 1914: Western Front Flanders: Germans occupy Bruges. Allenby’s cavalry reach Kemmel and Messines, link with IV Corps; British III Corps occupies Bailleul. British 65th Howitzer Battery supports French XXI Corps… learn more

Diary October 14, 1944

destroyed Cologne

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 14, 1944: Air War Europe: 2,000 RAF BOMBERS RAID DUISBURG. 1,063 bombers (14 lost), escorted by 300 fighters, drop 5,000 t. bombs by day; 1,005 (6 lost) drop 4,500 t. in 2 night attacks;… learn more

Diary October 14, 1939

Battleship Royal Oak.

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, October 14, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: BATTLESHIP ROYAL OAK SUNK (833 dead) in ‘impregnable’ anchorage of Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, by U-boat U-47 from Guenther Prien. British Home Fleet subsequently retires to Loch Ewe (West… learn more

Diary October 13, 1939

French soldier prepares to fire a Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 13, 1939: Western Front Skirmishes East of river Moselle. French demolish 3 Rhine bridges. learn more

Diary October 13, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Tuesday, October 13, 1914: Western Front Battle of Armentieres (until November 2). Allied offensive with Lieutenant B. Montgomery (1st Regiment Warwicks, 4th Divisions) who is twice capturing Meteren village in III Corps 5-mile… learn more

Diary October 13, 1944

M2 105mm howitzer firing

WW2 War Diary for Friday, October 13, 1944: Russian Front Fall of Riga. Western Front US artillery and planes decimate Panzer counter-attacking near Aachen. V-weapon bombardment of Antwerp begins. learn more

Diary October 12, 1939

Light tanks MK VIC

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 12, 1939: Western Front BEF now fully deployed along Franco-Belgian border, between Maulde and Halluin. learn more

Diary October 12, 1944

Ki-67 Hiryu

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, October 12, 1944: Western Front British capture Overloon (Holland). Sea War Pacific – BATTLE OF FORMOSA (October 12-15): TF 38 launches massive strikes against the island. 400-strong Japanese 2nd Air Fleet (including fast new Ki-67… learn more

Diary October 12, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Monday, October 12, 1914: Home Fronts Austria: ‘Trial of Gavrilo Princip and his associates for high treason’ at Sarajevo. South Africa: Martial law proclaimed. Western Front Artois: First Battle of Artois ends though… learn more

Diary October 11, 1944

Volksgrenadier division soldiers dedending Aachen

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 11, 1944: Western Front Germans trapped at Aachen reject ultimatum. learn more

Diary October 11, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Sunday, October 11, 1914: Eastern Front Poland: Germans take Sochaczew on river Bzura 30 miles (ca. 48 km) west of Warsaw. Russian Fourth, Ninth and Fifth Armies begin bloody attempts to cross river… learn more

Diary October 11, 1939

Neville Chamberlain

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, October 11, 1939: Home Front Britain: Clackmannan and E Stirling by-election: Woodburn (Labour), 15,645 votes; Stewart (Pacifist), 1,060. learn more

Diary October 10, 1944

Tank battle at Debrecen

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 10, 1944: Russian Front Big tank battle at Debrecen, southeast Hungary: Germans are pushed back but then counter-attack and destroy 3 Russian corps. BATTLE OF RIGA (October 10-13): city captured by 2nd and 3rd… learn more

Diary October 10, 1939

instead of a tractor, a circus elephant.

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, October 10, 1939: Politics Soviet-Lithuanian Mutual Assistance Pact: Soviet Forces to be based in Lithuania. Vilna (in Russian Occupation Zone of Poland) to be transferred to Lithuania. Neutrals Finland: ‘Black-out’ in Helsinki. Voluntary evacuation of… learn more