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 April 21, 1943

Launch of B-25 from carrier Hornet

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 21, 1943: Home Fronts USA: Roosevelt condemns beheading of US airmen captured by Japanese during ‘Doolittle Raid’. Air War Britain: Night raid on Aberdeen; direct hit on air raid shelter causes heavy casualties. Germany:… learn more

Diary April 21, 1918

funeral of Richthofen

World War One Diary for Sunday, April 21, 1918: Air War Western Front: RICHTHOFEN (the ‘Red Baron’) KILLED over Somme (aged 25). His blood­red Fokker Dr Ι Triplane shot down by Captain Α Roy Brown of No 209 Squadron RAF… learn more

Diary April 20, 1943

88 gun in Tunisia

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 20, 1943: Africa Tunisia: British 8th Army attacks Axis positions at Enfidaville, north of Sousse. Air War Germany: RAF night raids on Berlin and port of Stettin. First ‘nuisance’ raid on the capital by… learn more

Diary April 20, 1918

Carl Gustaf Mannerheim

World War One Diary for Saturday, April 20, 1918: Eastern Front Finland: Mannerheim attacks towards Viborg with 24,000 men and 40 guns (until April 29). Western Front Flanders: German gas bombardment of Kemmnel­-Ypres with 9 million rounds (2,000t) mustard gas,… learn more

Diary April 19, 1943

SS troops burn the Warsaw Ghetto

WW2 War Diary for Monday, April 19, 1943: Occupied Territories Poland – BATTLE OF WARSAW GHETTO: Following deportation of 310,000 Jews in 1942-43, SS move to destroy remaining 63,000 people, but ‘Jewish War Organization’ (ZOB), Irgun and a few Polish… learn more

Diary April 19, 1918

train-mounted naval gun

World War One Diary for Friday, April 19, 1918: Western Front Flanders: Lull in fighting; minor actions (until April 24). General de Mitry assumes command of French Νorthern Army Detachment (until July 5) which relieves British IX Corps, 6 battered… learn more

Diary April 18, 1943

Captain T.G. Lanphier receives the Silver Star award

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, April 18, 1943: Air War Pacific: DEATH OF ADMIRAL YAMAMOTO, C-in-C Japanese Combined Fleet killed during flying visit to bases in southwest Pacific. P-38 Lightning fighters from Henderson Field intercept Admiral’s plane over Bougainville Island.… learn more

Diary April 18, 1918

new recruits for the British infantry in 1918

World War One Diary for Thursday, April 18, 1918: Home Fronts Britain: THIRD MILITARY SERVICE ACT becomes law, lowers age to 17 1/2 and raises it to 50, eyesight criteria lessened. Ireland: Dublin Mansion House Conference against conscrip­tiοπ includes Roman… learn more

Diary April 17, 1943

Propaganda poster in occupied France

World War One Diary for Saturday, April 17, 1943: Occupied Territories Poland: Polish Government demands Red Cross investigation of Katyn ‘Massacre’; request withdrawn April 30 under British and Soviet diplomatic pressure. Air War Germany: 115 B-17 Fortress bombers (16 lost)… learn more

Diary April 17, 1918

Specially-prepared positions for Vickers machine-gun teams

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 17, 1918: Western Front Germany: Ludendorff orders Aisne attack preparations by German Crown Prince. Flanders: German offensive renewed but without decisive effect; Wytschaete and Meteren captured. First Battle of Kemmel Ridge (until April 19):… learn more

Diary April 16, 1943

Fw 190 fighter-bomber

WW2 War Diary for Friday, April 16, 1943: Air War Britain: FIRST NIGHT RAID BY GERMAN FIGHTER-BOMBERS. 30 Fw 190 fighter-bombers sent to London but only 2 bombs on target. 4 confused pilots mistake West Malling airfield (Kent) for their… learn more

Diary April 16, 1918

Open warfare breaks out on the Western Front

World War One Diary for Tuesday, April 16, 1918: Western Front Flanders: Passchendaele reoccupied by German Fourth Army. Wytschaete and Meteren (with record c.1,000 ΝΖ PoWs) lost and retaken by Allies. Haig praises 55th Division’s gallantry at Givenchy (April 9-17)… learn more

Diary April 15, 1943

British submarine P.615

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 15, 1943: Sea War Atlantic: British submarine P.615 sunk by U-boat U 123. Eastern Front Southern Sector: Hitler signs operational order for Operation Zitadelle (‘Citadel’) – a ‘decisive’ spring offensive against the Kursk Salient… learn more

Diary April 15, 1918

British troops take up position behind a railroad embankment

World War One Diary for Monday, April 15, 1918: Western Front Flanders: Alpenkorps together with 2 other divisions capture Bailleul and Wulverghem. Plumer evacuates 5 divisons from Passchendaele Ridge. Robillot’s French II Cavalry Corps (3 divisions) arrives near Cassel, 5… learn more

Diary April 14, 1943

Sherman tanks desploy to attack

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 14, 1943: Africa Tunisia: Allied forces compress Axis perimeter in Tunisia from three sides. Air War Britain: Night raid on Chelmsford; prison set on fire; ball-bearing factory hit. Germany: Russians bomb Koenigsberg and Danzig. learn more

Diary April 14, 1918

Marshal Ferdinand Foch

World War One Diary for Sunday, April 14, 1918: Western Front France: FOCH APPOINTED ALLIED GENERALISSIMO ON WESTERN FRONT. Flanders: 1st Australian Division repels massed charges; a German field gun destroys 6 MGs. British First Army repulses 7 attacks near… learn more

Diary April 13, 1943

B-24D Liberator made a force landing

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 13, 1943: Air War Pacific: US bombers raid Kiska (Aleutian Islands) round the clock. Sea War Channel: Norwegian/British destroyer Eskdale sunk by German E-boats off The Lizard (night April 13-14). learn more

Diary April 13, 1918

British soldiers at an improvised field kitchen

World War One Diary for Saturday, April 13, 1918: Western Front Flanders – Battle of Bailleul (until April 15): Germans gain less than 1/2 mile vs British 34th and 59th Divisons. Ludendorff sacks II Bavarian Corps commander. British 25th Division… learn more

Diary April 12, 1943

Exhumation of corpses of the Katyn massacres

World War One Diary for Friday, April 12, 1943: Occupied Territories Poland – KATYN MASSACRES: German News Agency reports discovery of mass graves of 10,000 Polish officers in Katyn Forest, near Smolensk; claims they were murdered in 1940 by the… learn more

Diary April 12, 1918

Tank wrecks on the battlefield

World War One Diary for Friday, April 12, 1918: Western Front Flanders: German offensive slackens 6 miles from Hazebrouck (until April 16) although Merville falls. British 5th Division arrives from Italy and 1st Australian Division comes up. Battle of Hazebrouck… learn more