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 January 4, 1943

Russian listening devices on the Stalingrad entry lane

WW2 War Diary for Monday, January 4, 1943: Sea War Pacific: TF 67 (3 US cruisers and 2 destroyers) carries out night bombardment of Munda Airfield, Solomons. Pacific Solomons: Japanese Imperial GHQ orders evacuation of 17th Army from Guadalcanal. learn more

Diary January 4, 1918

U-boat is leaving the base

World War One Diary for Friday, January 4, 1918: Sea War Bristol Channel: British hospital ship Rewa (4 lives lost) from Mediterranean sunk by U-55. North Sea: RNAS aircraft raid Ghistelles airfield near Ghent. Flanders: U­-boat Flotilla has 29 boats… learn more

Diary January 3, 1943

A German defender surrenders at Mozdok.

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, January 3, 1943: Eastern Front Caucasus: Mozdok recaptured by Russians. Sea War Mediterranean: British ‘human torpedoes’ (‘Chariots’) penetrate Palermo harbour; Italian cruiser Ulpio Traiano and a tanker severely damaged. U-boats torpedo 7 out of 9… learn more

Diary January 3, 1918

Bristo Flighter prepares for a mission

World War One Diary for Thursday, January 3, 1918: Air War Britain: Air Council replaces Air Board, analogous to Army Council and Board of Admiralty. Lord Rothermere first Secretary of State for Air. Trenchard first Chief of Air Staff. Palestine:… learn more

Diary January 2, 1943

German mountain troops in the high Caucasus

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 2, 1943: Eastern Front Caucasus: Germans withdrawing from Caucasus. Pacific New Guinea: BUNA CAPTURED by Allied forces. Many underground bunkers destroyed one by one by tanks and explosive charges. Air War Merditerranean: Stukas, FW… learn more

Diary January 2, 1918

Stars and Stripes:

World War One Diary for Wednesday, December 2, 1917: Politics USA: War Mission in Europe urges speedy troop dispatch and merchant ship building; first 100 of 1,500 US farm tractors en route to France. Home Fronts USA: Outlook magazine article… learn more

Diary January 1, 1943

Retreat of German troops through the snow-covered steppe

WW2 War Diary for Friday, January 1, 1943: Eastern Front Central Sector: Velikie Luki rail junction, on Central Front, stormed by Russians; German garrison annihilated. Southern Sector: Russians drive towards Rostov and take the offensive in the Caucasus. Elista, capital… learn more

Diary January 1, 1918

Poster calling on the population to support arms production

World War One Diary for Tuesday, Jnauary 1, 1918: Home Fronts Austria: In January door locks and latches being removed for metal. Germany: In January 2.3 million exempted workers, half Field Army eligible. Turkey: 40,594 non-military 1918 deaths in capital… learn more

Diary December 31, 1942

Sailing for 'Operation Regenbogen'

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, December 31, 1942: Sea War Atlantic – BATTLE OF THE BARENTS SEA (Operation Regenbogen = ‘Rainbow’): Heavy cruisers Luetzow and Admiral Hipper make repeated, bungled, attempts to destroy Arctic Convoy JW 51B – after which… learn more

Diary December 31, 1917

US troopship in France

World War One Diary for Monday, December 31, 1917: Western Front British took 1,018 PoWs and 4 guns. 183,896 AEF (American Expedition Force) personnel now in Europe. Sea War Allied and neutral December shipping losses to U-boats: 160 ships (76… learn more

Diary December 30, 1942

FW 200 Condor.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, December 30, 1942: Air War Western Europe: B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberators bomb Lorient U-boat base. Northwest Africa: Night raid on Casablanca by Focke-Wulf Condors from Bordeaux. Home Fronts Britain: Harold Macmillan M.P. made… learn more

Diary December 30, 1917

dressing station on the Italian Front

World War One Diary for Sunday, December 30, 1917: Southern Fronts Piave: French 47th Division (259 casualties) recaptures Mt Tomba in 25 minutes with nearly 1,564 PoWs. Austrians forced to evacuate Zenso bend bridgehead, Lower Piave. Salonika: Sir R Ross… learn more

Diary December 29, 1942

Ju 52 in the Stalingrad pocket

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, December 29, 1942: Eastern Front Stalingrad: Kotelnikovo, important airfield 153 km southwest of Stalingrad, recaptured by Russians after house-to-house fighting. learn more

Diary December 29, 1917

propaganda sees the 'bestial Germans'.

World War One Diary for Saturday, December 29, 1917: Home Fronts Britain: National Labour Convention demands general rationing. Churchill letter ‘I am strongly pressing that the cavalry should be put by regiments into the Tanks’. Masterman of War Propaganda Bureau… learn more

Diary December 28, 1942

Army Group A is even using camels on her retreat

WW2 War Diary for Monday, December 28, 1942: Eastern Front Caucasus: Hitler orders Army Group A to withdraw from dangerously exposed salient in the Caucasus. Poltics French Northwest Africa: De Gaulle welcomes Giraud’s appointment from December 26 and appeals for… learn more

Diary December 28, 1917

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden

World War One Diary for Friday, December 28, 1917: Air War Western Front: ­Royal Flying Corps ace McCudden shoots down 3 LVGs in 20 minutes (4 kills on December 23). Italy: Austrians bomb Padua (until December 30), cause 79 casualties,… learn more

Diary December 27, 1942

Japanese fighter shot down by B-25 Mitchell

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, December 27, 1942: Air War Pacific: Japanese parachute supplies to half-starved expeditionary forces on Guadalcanal. learn more

Diary December 27, 1917

Turkish troops at Jerusalem.

World War One Diary for Thursday, December 27, 1917: Middle East Palestine: Turk counter­attack towards Jerusalem fails 3 miles north astride Nablus road despite fresh 1st Division. Deciphered radio message warns Allenby and Chetwode before December 24; British 60th Division… learn more

Diary December 26, 1942

Christmas card 'God jul'

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, December 26, 1942: Politics North Africa: Giraud appointed High Commissioner in French North Africa. Air War Southeast Asia: US 10th AAF bombers raid Lashio (Burma Road) and Bangkok (night December 26-27). learn more

Diary December 26, 1917

Brandenburg D.I

World War One Diary for Wednesday, December 26, 1917: Air War Italy: Large air battle 18 miles north of Venice, 9 of 30-40 Austrian aircraft shot down bombing Istrana airfield (RFC hangars suffer minor damage, 2 Italian aircraft destroyed). Raids… learn more