Timeline of WW2

Timeline of WW2
Important names, dates and major events in the WW2 History Timeline
Causes of WW2 and the major battles and conflicts
The Allies and the Axis countries
The United States and Japan
The United States drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima - The time period of WW2
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Timeline of WW2
Timeline of WW2 - Causes of WW2
The Terms of the Treaty of Versailles
Polices of Adolf Hitler
German treaties with Italy and Japan
Failure of Appeasement - Hitler breaks the Munich Agreement
Failure of the League of Nations to prevent WW2
WW2 started September 1, 1939 and ended September 2, 1945
Leaders of the Allies were Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
Leaders of the Axis were Adolf Hitler, Emperor Hirohito and Benito Mussolini

  1939

1939 Timeline of WW2 - September - WW2 starts September 1, 1939

  • 1 September 1939 - Germany invaded Poland
  • 3 September - Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France declare war on Germany
  • September 4, 1939 - Royal Air Force attacks the German Navy
  • September 5, 1939 - United States proclaims its neutrality
  • September 10, 1939 - Canada declares war on Germany
  • The Battle of the Atlantic begins

The Phoney War: The Phoney War of WW2 was period of limited military activity in Europe following the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and before the Battle of France in May 1940

 
     
  1940

1940 Timeline of WW2

January - January 8, 1940 - Rationing begins in UK

March - March 16, 1940 - Scapa Flow - Germans bomb Scapa Flow naval base near Scotland

WW2 Timeline April - April 9, 1940 - Germany invades Denmark and Norway

WW2 Timeline May 1940

  • May 10, 1940 - Nazis invade France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
  • Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister
  • May 15, 1940 - Holland surrenders
  • May 28, 1940 - Belgium surrenders

WW2 Timeline June 1940

  • June 3, 1940 - British Expeditionary Force evacuated from Dunkirk
  • June 10, 1940 - Italy declares war on Britain and France
  • June 10, 1940 - Norway surrenders
  • June 22, 1940 - France signs an armistice with Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler tours Paris
  • June 3, 1940 - Dunkirk: Following the fall of France the survivors of the British Expeditionary Force and other allied forces were evacuated from Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo
 
   

WW2 Timeline July 1940

  • July 1, 1940 - German U-boats attack merchant ships in the Atlantic
  • July 10, 1940 - The Battle of Britain begins

WW2 Timeline August 1940

  • August 23, 1940 - First German air raids on London
  • August 25, 1940 - First British air raid on Berlin

WW2 Timeline September 1940 - Operation Sea Lion (the invasion of Britain) is planned by the Germans

  • September 7, 1940 - German Blitz (Blitzkrieg) against Britain begins - London is a key target. Onslaught of German air raids on other major cities in England including Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester
  • September 13, 1940 - Italy invades Egypt
  • September 15, 1940 - Victory for the RAF in the Battle of Britain
  • September 27, 1940 - Pact signed by Germany, Italy and Japan

WW2 Timeline October 1940 - Operation Sea Lion postponed until Spring of 1941

  • October 7, 1940 - Germany invades Romania
  • October 28, 1940 - Italy invades Greece and Albania

WW2 Timeline November 1940

  • November 20, 1940 - Hungary joins the Axis
  • November 23, 1940 - Romania joins the Axis
  • December 9,1940 - Britain begin a desert offensive in North Africa against the Italians
  • Air raids continue on London
 
     
  1941

1941 Timeline of WW2

January - Victory in Tobruk, in North Afrca for Britain and Australia

February - February 14, 1941 - First units of German 'Afrika Korps' arrive in Tripoli, North Africa led by General Rommel

March - March 7, 1941 - British forces arrive in Greece

WW2 Timeline April 1941

  • April 6, 1941 - Germany invades Greece and Yugoslavia
  • April 17, 1941 - Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany
  • April 27, 1941 - Greece surrenders to Germany

WW2 Timeline May 1941

  • May 15, 1941 - Operation Brevity begins (the British counter-attack in Egypt)
  • May 24, 1941 - Sinking of the British ship Hood by the Bismarck
  • May 27, 1941 - Sinking of the Bismarck by the British Navy

WW2 Timeline June 1941

  • June 8, 1941 - Allies invade Syria and Lebanon
  • June 22, 1941 - Operation Barbarossa - Germany attacks Soviet Union as Operation Barbarossa begins
 
   

WW2 Timeline July 1941

  • July 10, 1941 - Germans invade the Ukraine. Mutual Assistance agreement between British and Soviets
  • July 31, 1941 - Instructions given by Hitler and Goring to prepare for the Final Solution

WW2 Timeline August 1941

  • August 20, 1941 - German siege of Leningrad begins

WW2 Timeline September 1941

  • September 3, 1941 - First experimental use of gas chambers at Auschwitz

WW2 Timeline October 1941

  • October 2, 1941 - Operation Typhoon begins  and the Germans advance on Moscow

WW2 Timeline November 1941

  • November 13, 1941 - British aircraft carrier Ark Royal is sunk off Gibraltar by a U-boat

WW2 Timeline December 1941

  • 7 December, 1941 - Japan makes a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii declaring war on Britain and the United States
  • December 8, 1941 - The United States, led by US president, Franklin D Roosevelt, declares war on the Axis powers
  • December 11, 1941 - Italy and Germany declare war against the US
  • December 25, 1941 - Britain surrenders Hong Kong to Japan
 
     
  1943

1943 Timeline of WW2

WW2 Timeline January - 1943

  • January 10, 1943 - Soviets begin an offensive against the Germans in Stalingrad
  • January 14th - Casablanca Conference begins President Roosevelt demands "Unconditional Surrender"

WW2 Timeline February - 1943

  • February 2, 1943 - Surrender at Stalingrad marks Germany's first major defeat
  • Soviets recapture Kursk, Rostov and Kharkov

WW2 Timeline March - 1943

  • March 2, 1943 - Germans begin a withdrawal from Tunisia, Africa and the Allied victory in North Africa enables invasion of Italy to be launched
 
   

WW2 Timeline May - 1943

  • May 13, 1943 - German and Italian troops surrender in North Africa

WW2 Timeline July - 1943

  • Bombing offensives in Germany
  • July10, 1943 - Operation Husky - Allied landings in Sicily

WW2 Timeline September - 1943

  • September 8, 1943 - Italy surrenders to the Allies
  • September 12, 1943 - Germans rescue Mussolini who re-establishes a Fascist government

WW2 Timeline October - 1943

  • October 1, 1943 - Allies enter Naples, Italy
  • October 13, 1943 - Italy declares war on Germany

WW2 Timeline November - 1943

  • Allied leaders meet at Teheran
  • November 6, 1943 - Soviets re-capture Kiev
 
     
  1944

1944 Timeline of WW2

WW2 Timeline January - 1944

  • January 22, 1944- Allied landings in Anzio
  • January 27, 1944 - End of siege of Leningrad

February - February 15-18 - Allies bomb the monastery at Monte Cassino

WW2 Timeline March - 1944

  • March 19th - Hungary occupied by German Army

WW2 Timeline April - 1944

  • April 10th - Soviets capture Odessa

WW2 Timeline May - 1944

  • May 12, 1944 - Germans surrender in the Crimea
  • May 25, 1944 - Germans retreat from Anzio

WW2 Timeline June - 1944

  • June 5, 1944 - Allies enter Rome
  • June 6, 1944 - D-Day landings on the northern coast of France - Operation Neptune/Overlord
  • June 27, 1944 - US Army captures Cherbourg
 
   

WW2 Timeline July - 1944

  • July 3, 1944 - Soviets re-capture Minsk
  • July 9, 1944 - Allies capture Caen
  • July 20, 1944 - German assassination attempt on Hitler fails
  • July 21, 1944 - US landings on Guam
  • July 25, 1944 - Operation Cobra - Allied breakout from Normandy begins

WW2 Timeline August - 1944

  • August 15, 1944 - Operation Dragoon begins (the Allied invasion of Southern France)
  • August 25, 1944 - Allies liberate Paris
  • August 30, 1944 - Germans abandon Bulgaria
  • August 31, 1944 - Soviets capture Bucharest

WW2 Timeline September - 1944

  • September 22, 1944 - Boulogne liberated
  • September 26, 1944 - Estonia occupied by Soviets
  • September 28, 1944 - Calais liberated

WW2 Timeline October - 1944

  • October 14, 1944 - Athens liberated - Rommel commits suicide
  • October 20, 1944 - Belgrade liberated
  • October 23, 1944 - Soviets enter East Prussia

WW2 Timeline November - 1944

  • November 4, 1944 - Surrender of Axis forces in Greece

WW2 Timeline December - 1944

  • December 16, 1944 - German attack through Ardennes - Battle of the Bulge begins
  • December 26, 1944 - Patton relieves Bastogne
 
     
  1945

1945 Timeline of WW2

WW2 Timeline January - 1945

  • January 1, 1945 - Germans withdraw from Ardennes
  • January 17, 1945 - Soviets capture Warsaw
  • January 26, 1945 - Japanese retreat to Chinese coast and Soviets liberate Auschwitz

WW2 Timeline February - 1945

  • February 4-11, 1945: Yalta Conference meeting of FDR, Churchill, Stalin - the 'Big Three'
    Soviet Union has control of Eastern Europe
  • February 19, 1945 - US landings on Iwo Jima

WW2 Timeline April - 1945

  • April 1, 1945 - U.S. troops encircle Germans in the Ruhr
  • April 12, 1945 - Allies liberate Buchenwald and Belsen concentration camps
  • April 12, 1945 - President Roosevelt dies and Harry Truman becomes President

WW2 Timeline May - 1945

  • May 8: VE Day - Victory in Europe. Germany surrenders to the Red Army in Berlin

WW2 Timeline July - 1945

  • July: Potsdam Conference - Germany was officially partitioned into four zones of occupation.
 
   

WW2 Timeline August - 1945 (see Atomic Timeline)

  • August 6: The United States drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima (20 kiloton bomb 'Little Boy' kills 80,000)
  • August 8: Russia declares war on Japan
  • August 9: The United States drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki in Japan (the 22 kiloton 'Fat Man' bomb killed 70,000 people)
  • August 14 : The Japanese surrender at the end of WW2
  • August 15: Emperor surrender broadcast - VJ Day

WW2 Timeline September - 1945

  • WW2 ends September 2, 1945

 

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