• Nazi invasion of Poland

    "Operation Weiss" German tanks invade the Polish border supported by Junkers dive-bombers. Hitler was working on the new kind of warfare "Blitzkrieg", Lightning War that involved massive use of tanks, motorized infantry and airforce.
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  • Bombing of Rotterdam

    617 killed. German bombers set the whole inner city of Rotterdam ablaze, killing 30.000 of its inhabitants. The Dutch city is heavily bombed on the fourth day to hasten the Dutch surrender.
  • Lend-Lease Bill

    America gets involved with the Lend-Lease bill. United States of America supplied the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, China, France and other Allied nations with vast amounts of war material.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Japanese aircraft launch a surprise attack on American naval forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. United States lost 8 American battleships, 3 Cruisers and 3 Destroyers destroyed; 2344 killed, 876 wounded, 966 missing.
  • The Battle of Midway

    Begin of the 4-day air-naval battle of Midway. In this battle of planes; Japanese lost carriers "Akagi", "Kaga" , "Soryu" and "Hiryu", American lost carrier "Yorktown", sank by a Japanese submarine.
  • End of war on North Africa

    Bizerta and Tunis capture by the Allied, all Germans dislogde or capture in North-Africa; 252.000 Germans and Italian prisoners of war.
  • Fall of Mussolini

    The Italian Fascist Grand Council passes a vote of censure against Benito Mussolini.Field Marshall Pietro Badoglio is appointed the Prime Minister of Italy. Mussolini is imprisoned in the Grand Sasso Hotel in the Abruzzi mountains
  • D-Day Invasion

    Normandy, France. Preparations for D-Day involed enormous movement of men and equipment with secrecry, in order to conceal the exact timimg and destination from the German. Even the men did not know where they were going until the last possible moment.
  • The invasion of Okinawa

    Fleet of 1300 ships and 100,000 men. Many "Kamikaze" attacks caused 5,000 dead USA marines. After fight 11,000 Japanese surrender and 110,000 were killed.
  • First atomic bomb dropped

    The world's first atomic bomb (Uranium), Little Boy, is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. One minute after explosion were 66.000 killed and 69.000 wounded.