The Second World War: The War Begins Timeline

  • Germany Invades Czechoslovakia

    Germany Invades Czechoslovakia
    Hitler Invades Czechoslovakia and occupies the country.
  • The Soviet-Nazi PAct

    The Soviet-Nazi PAct
    Hitler and Stalin sign the Soviet-Nazi pact which is a non-aggression pact. It included the clauses for the division of Poland.
  • The Invasion of Poland

    The Invasion of Poland
    Hitler invaded Poland and initially began the second world war.
  • Phony War (Sitzkrieg)

    Phony War (Sitzkrieg)
    The few months after Britain declared war against Germany the military saw no action. They then decided to call it the “Phony War”.
  • Canada Enters the War

    Canada Enters the War
    Seven days after Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany the Parliament of Canada also declared war on Germany. It was Canada’s first independent declaration of war.
  • The Invasion of Norway

    The Invasion of Norway
    Germany invaded Norway so they could obtain resources and ice-free harbours.
  • The Invasion of Denmark

    The Invasion of Denmark
    Denmark was a neutral country and when Dermany invaded them it was in violation of the Soviet-Nazi pact.
  • The Invasion of Holland

    The Invasion of Holland
    Holland which had planned to be neutral throughout the war was invaded by the Nazis.
  • The Invasion of France

    The Invasion of France
    France was invaded by the German Army which put an end to the “phony war”.
  • The Invasion of Belgium

    The Invasion of Belgium
    Much like Holland and Denmark, Belgium was neutral at the time of the war. German armed forces however still began to invade them.
  • The miracle at Dunkirk

    The miracle at Dunkirk
    It was an operation in which had to do with the evacuations of soldiers from the beaches. It resulted in the rescue of many British troops.
  • The Fall of France

    The Fall of France
    Nazi Germany officially took over all of France.
  • The Batlle of Britain

    The Batlle of Britain
    This would be considered to be the air battle for great Britain. It was an attack where aerial bombing became popular.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Hitler led the German army to invade the Soviet Union.
  • The attack on Pearl Harbor

    The attack on Pearl Harbor
    It was a military strike on the U.S military base by Japan.