Diaries of World War II


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Spencer Bruskin June 13, 2019 at 6:01 am

My parents wrote over 500 letters to each other through WWII while my father was in Panama, North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He serve as Chief of Counterintelligence for 7th Army from Southern France to end of the war. He was overseas from October 1942 to June 1945. I have written a book (available from Amazon) “Any Damned Fook Can Be Uncomfortable” about their lives and his experiences before during and after the war using as a basis their letters, many of which have been transcribed into the book. He started as a private in the cavalry reserve in 1933 Philadelphia and retired a Colonel in reserves in 1962.

jenny January 26, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Pleased to see that so many folks are finding family WWII letters, diaries and memorabilia and preserving it. Am currently working on my family’s WWII story based on my father’s letters (400+) and mother’s diary. What an amazing journey. Please check out my website http://www.jennyjetterwin.com Thanks

a gray June 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm

If you have an interest in naval air combat in the Pacific during World War II, you would do well to check out Pierre Lagacé’s blog “A Tribute to Richard “Chick” Harmer and US Navy Night Fighter Squadron VF(N)-101” (https://johnkellynightfighterpilot.wordpress.com/). The information Pierre presents is well-researched and tremendously interesting.

Chotie's Daughter January 10, 2018 at 12:24 am

Hello,

Thanks you for the kind words about my blog, Chotie Darling. Please change the name of the regiment Dick Williams served in to the 61st Reconnaissance Regiment. Although he joined up with the Dorset Regiment he trained with Intelligence, the 1st Airborne and 43rd Recce before becoming an officer with the 61st Reconnaissance, seeing active service with them through the Battle of Normandy, Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. By then 61st Recce had been decimated and troops were dispersed to other regiments – Dick joined 52nd (Lowland) Recce for the crossing of the Rhine into Germany.

Delia

Michael James Rockett June 16, 2017 at 5:05 am

Hi! Just sharing that I just published the WWII audio book memoir on Amazon. Please stop by my website or hear sample on Amazon (links on my site). Little known fact: The 295th, a non-airborne group that also trained at Camp Toccoa. Thanks everyone!

John Britto February 19, 2017 at 12:29 am

Just started looking for WWII blogs and your’s was the first I came across. My father passed in 2011, but it has taken me a while to go through his pictures, and writings, from the war. He was a ball-turret gunner in B-24’s flying out of Spinnazzola, Italy. He was in the 15th Air Force, 460th Bomb Group, 763 Bomber Squadron. I’m trying to find others who had relatives in the same theatre, and related to flying to see if there are things we can share to fill in some holes about who these great men were.

Lana Flatt February 17, 2017 at 4:54 pm

I’ve rewritten my Dad’s diary from October 1944 to January 1945. I am trying to compile it into a book for family or publication. I am trying to include newspaper articles about the missions my dad flew in. He was a B-17 tail gunner. I would appreciate help with web sites that my be able to give me information. I had been able to find some on microfiche at a library.
thank you,
Lana Flatt

Ronald Movrich February 16, 2017 at 4:41 am

Hi, I came across this blog while doing research for a book I am writing on World War Two. It will feature diaries woven together to present an overall view of the war. One of my goals is to show that this war was indeed worldwide, hence the interest in the information from New Zealand and elsewhere.

I would be interested in anyone with diaries (published or unpublished) on the war. They should have dated entries.

Thanks!

Jared Chapiewsky January 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm

Hi,

Just found your site today. A few years ago, I transcribed by great grandfather’s diary from his time in the Pacific during World War 2 into a blog, posting a page each day.

mylifeintheservice.wordpress.com

Just wanted to share.

Cheers,

Jared

Denise Bengtson November 9, 2016 at 12:57 am

Found your site while searching on the internet. I guess it’s time to remember.

The shoeboxes full of old wartime letters are waiting for me to do something with. Any suggestions? She was a young bride stateside, while he was in the European theater of WWII.

Rose Deakin September 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

I have found your blog really interesting and informative. I especially like the George Orwell reference as it is similar to some of my own material – about the home front.
I have been editing letters from my mother in England throughout the war to my father. He was in logistics and movement and supplies, so passed through many different war areas, Egypt via Tobruk then Iraq and Iran, back to Sicily and finally right up through Italy and France. In Iran he was responsible for liaison with the Russians.
The letters are about life in England and give a wonderful piece of social history in WWII. She started to farm, brought up 2 children, comments in a lively way on events, politicians and war administration in England. Some of my father’s letters and comments are interwoven but partly because of censorship they are less interesting than hers.
I shall be bringing the letters out in book form very shortly. There is alot of material that I could not include for reasons of length, such as my father’s meetings with the Russians, or a wartime Christmas dinner in Normandy and much more. I would love the opportunity to guest blog if you allow such things?

Rose Deakin June 22, 2016 at 12:55 pm

I have been reading as many blogs as possible and enjoyed yours. My own blog is the letters of my mother to my father in WWII and thus very much home front and female point of view. I am just beginning to look around at others to see links and connections…

Kathryn Davis May 11, 2016 at 9:30 pm

I have my grandfather’s pocket diary from WWII. He was a ball gunner over Germany at the end of the war. We only found it in his things after his passing when I was 13- my grandmother had never even seen it.

My grandmother just passed this last year, and I was given the journal. I would say it is probably my most prized physical gift, other than my wedding ring. I want to help preserve it…are there any ways you would recommend to do so?

Lucy Carnall February 24, 2016 at 11:37 am

I have just read your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it very informative. I look forward to reading more in the future.
Thank you,
Lucy.

Editor July 8, 2015 at 9:57 pm

I have seen no evidence of this, and if you read the blogs there is plenty of contemporaneous contextual supporting material that would be very difficult to fabricate. A great deal of wartime experience was 99% routine and boredom with just 1% terror – a diary that was highly exaggerated to make it dramatically appealing would be relatively easy to spot!

David July 7, 2015 at 1:21 am

Hello,

I like the idea of blog-entry diaries for their entertainment value, but as a trained historian, I tend to wonder about the authenticity of all of these “sources.” My point is not to doubt them out of hand as fictitious (or possibly or even partly so), but given the tendency of numerous writers (in all time periods) to wish to create or supplement material in order to entertain, do you check these blogs for their firm and open (checkable) authentifications of their source material? This blog format is exciting, but cliff-hanger and serial-like, which increases my suspicions. I also own a WWII photo album and possess oral stories of a relative’s experiences in WWII — but my preferred method is to provide this material to the interested public through trusted museum sites, rather than blog sites — which may profit from the material. That can enhance the occasional desire to modify or fabricate, when considering the motives of a publisher.

D. T. Fletcher (July 2015)

Nick Collins February 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Fantastic website. I wonder if you have come across a book called “Boy in the Blitz”? I believe the original diary was donated to the Imperial War Museum.

Pierre Lagacé June 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

I don’t have any journal or diary but I have logbooks and pictures from veterans that family members have shared with me. I also met some veterans.

This led me to write several blogs.
I am a reader of Wayne’s Journal and Broody’s War which I find most interesting.

This blog is also incredible with all the stories. I often send my readers to some in the hope they will read all of them if possible.

Paula Sillars May 9, 2014 at 3:31 am

I have embarked on a personal project to both digitise and translate my Grandfather’s WW2 diary on my blog. I thought it was a good way to share it with extended family and the wider public.

I am struggling with some of his difficult to read hand writing and am grateful for any assistance in working out the mystery words or correcting my guesses.

It has sparked a greater interest to find out more of what New Zealanders experienced during their service in many foreign lands.

http://14weeksworthofsocks.com/category/grandads-wwii-diary/

Editor March 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Must be a project well worth pushing for someone … http://www.operationwardiary.org … would be a good place to start.

mark March 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

Are there any WW1 diarys. ?

malcolm dobbing February 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

my dad was kia 15th feb 1945 in the battle for the reichwald forest, sgt seaforth highlanders, i cannot find out how he was killed, cannot find war diaries for that date, any one can help me i would be gratful. kind regards malcolm.

zelda becht November 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I was so intrigued by the stories i just read on your blog sheet. I was born in England, but the United States is my home. i am also a writer, and in 1943 i gave up my job as a lawyer’s secretary to become a welder in a Federal shipyard in Kearney, New Jersey. Women did that then. We did what the boys couldn’t do because they were on two fronts fighting a bloody war. I have written about that time and what it is like for a girl 20 years old. I welded on destroyer escorts. It was a cold winter in 1943. But it was worth everything to do what I could to get out the ships for the troops and supplies. I believe it helped win the war.

Janine Harrington October 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

As Secretary of the worldwide RAF 100 Group Association and Editor of the Association quarterly magazine ‘Confound & Destroy’, I am writing to ask if anyone who served, or who has a relative who served in any of the Squadrons under RAF No.100 (Bomber Support) Group during the war has material … written in the form of letters, diaries, Log Books, etc and photographs … they might like to have included in a book covering the history of all Norfolk airfields under this secret Group during the war, together with the voices of the people who gave so much for the freedom we enjoy today. I remain passionate about remembering them, widening awareness of what it meant to serve under the RAF No.100 (Bomber Support) Group during the war, and to keep alive their memories.

As an author of 18 published books, I have already created a series of booklets, each covering a brief history of Norfolk airfields, including RAF Foulsham, RAF Swannington, RAF Great Massingham, RAF West Raynham, RAF North Creake, etc. But I have so much more material that I am now bringing together these booklets under one cover to create a complete and comprehensive book for the future including not just the history of the airfields and the Group as a whole, but also the shared writings and photographs of those who were there at the time, their poems, anecdotes, etc, bringing alive an era otherwise lost in the mists of time.

I would welcome hearing from anyone on:
raf100groupassociation@gmail.com

Thank you
Janine Harrington
Secretary: RAF 100 Group Association
Editor: ‘Confound & Destroy’ Association Magazine

Zelda Becht October 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

My husband was in the US Army. He was in the Sicilian Invasion. Was wounded. In hospital 18 months. At that time I left my office job to work in a shipyard, welding destroyer escorts. I was Zelda the welder. And, I have written such a book. It is about 1943, precisely, and it was an interesting time. I also had many letters from Arthur. That is for another book. My website is zeldabecht.weebly.com. You will see my book there. Have a good read… all the comments bring back so many memories. That was my life then, 70+ years ago.

Janine Hoffman August 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I found your blog when I did a search for “the first bombing in Berlin.” I love your blog. And I wish I had letters or diaries from my family, but all I have are stories my mother passed on to me. My mother was born in May of 1940 in Berlin. She lived there until 1955 when she came to America. She tells me stories that her mother told her about their life during the war and after. Her memory is pretty poor but the stories need to be written down before they are forever lost. I’m trying to make sense of all the stories and piecing them together so the timing all comes together. I’ll be starting a blog about it soon, but I just don’t know what to call it. Where did you get the broadcast information about the first bombing in Berlin? I’m fascinated by this part of history and hope to learn as much as I can.

Andrea Slaby July 19, 2013 at 5:38 am

Thank you for your blog. I found love letters from WW II written by my grandparents. I finally transcribed them into a word document. Thank you for keeping this alive I am in the process of publishing a book on their history and letters since they were politicians after the war. I’m curious if there are any meetings or conferences that bring everyone together who’s still alive from this era. Please keep me posted.

Sincerely

Andrea Slaby

Deborah Sweeney June 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Hello,

I just stumbled across your blog today while doing some research for mine. I write a World War II blog which features the letters of my grandparents written between 1942-1946, My grandfather served in the south Pacific in the Navy. He was a doctor.

I will definitely spend some more time looking around on your blog,
Sincerely,
Deborah

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