WORLD WAR 2 TIMELINE By subhodeep98 Sep 1, 1939 Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France gave Germany an ultimatum to get out. Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France gave Germany an ultimatum to get out. Period: Sep 1, 1939 to Nov 20, 1945 WORLD WAR TIMESPAN Sep 2, 1939 Chamberlain sent Hitler an ultimatum hoping to withdraw German troops from Poland or war will be declared. Chamberlain sent Hitler an ultimatum hoping to withdraw German troops from Poland or war will be declared. Sep 3, 1939 Germany ignored the ultimatum and Britain and France declared war on Germany. British troops were sent to France. Germany ignored the ultimatum and Britain and France declared war on Germany. British troops were sent to France. Sep 6, 1939 South Africa declared war on Germany; Egypt broke off relations with Germany, South Africa declared war on Germany; Egypt broke off relations with Germany, Sep 17, 1939 Russia's Red Army attacked Poland from the east Sep 27, 1939 Poland surrendered to Germany. Oct 16, 1939 Last Polish troops ceased fighting. Hitler launched his "Peace Offensive" but this was rejected by Neville Chamberlain Nov 30, 1939 Russia's Red Army invaded Finland - the Winter War Jan 3, 1941 Italy launched a counter-offensive in Albania against the Greeks. This was the first of 46 Italian attacks - all repulsed by the Greeks. Jan 22, 1941 British and Australian forces captured Tobruk in North Africa. Feb 14, 1941 First German units arrived in Tripoli. Feb 22, 1941 Anthony Eden went to Athens to discuss the possibility of a German attack on Greece. Feb 24, 1941 German and British forces clashed for the first time in the Western Desert. Mar 9, 1941 Italy launched a major attack on the Greeks but to no avail. Apr 6, 1941 Germany attacked Yugoslavia and Greece.British forces occupy Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Apr 10, 1941 The start of the siege of Tobruk after the Germans failed to capture it.The Germans captured Zagreb. Apr 12, 1941 Germany accepted the surrender of Belgrade. Jun 22, 1941 The German invasion of Russia – Operation Barbarossa began. Sep 1, 1941 The first German shell landed in Leningrad - the start of the 900 day siege. Oct 2, 1941 The final phase of the German attack on Russia started - the attack on Moscow. Dec 5, 1941 The Russian counter-attack in Moscow started. Dec 7, 1941 The Japanese attacked the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour. Dec 8, 1941 Britain and America declared war on Japan. Dec 11, 1941 Germany declared war on America. Jan 9, 1942 Japan started the attack to the philippines Jan 11, 1942 The Japanese begun their campaign in the Dutch East Indies by attacking the islands of Tarakan and Manado. Feb 15, 1942 Singapore surrendered to the Japanese on 'Black Sunday'. Feb 27, 1942 Battle of Java Sea - an attempt by the Allies to stop the Japanese attacking Java. It failed. Jun 4, 1942 America defeated the Japanese attempt to capture Midway Island. Nov 19, 1942 The German advance in south Russia was held up at Stalingrad. Jan 10, 1943 Operation Ring began at 08.00 with a massive artillery attack on the VI Army. The German troops in Stalingrad were hunted out unit by unit as laid down in Operation Ring. Mar 2, 1943 The Germans destroyed the Russian 3rd Tank Army. May 7, 1943 The German army in North Africa surrendered to the British and Americans. Sep 3, 1943 Britain and America invaded Italy. Sep 8, 1943 American/British forces land at Salerno. Nov 23, 1943 The Japanese were driven out of the Gilbert Islands Mar 7, 1944 Japan started 'Operation U-Go' - an attempt to push the Allies back to India by destroying the Allied bases at Imphal and Kohima. Mar 15, 1944 The Allies dropped 1,250 tons of bombs on Cassino, Italy, at the start of a major offensive. Mar 26, 1944 The Russian Army moves onto Rumanian soil for the first time. May 23, 1944 The Americans started their break-out from Anzio beach. May 25, 1944 The Americans started their drive to Rome. Jun 3, 1944 Hitler ordered Kesselring to withdraw from Rome. Jun 18, 1944 US forces trapped the German garrison at Cherbourg. Jul 17, 1944 First Russian units get to Poland. Jul 18, 1944 Japan ended its attempt to destroy Kohima and Imphal when the Japanese High Command called off the offensive.'Operation Goodwood' launched by British and Canadian forces to drive towards Caen. Jul 20, 1944 'The July Bomb Plot - the failed attempted to kill Hitler. Dec 25, 1944 Japanese resistance on Leyte ended. Dec 26, 1944 Hitler was informed that Antwerp cannot be retaken. Jan 28, 1945 The end of the Battle of the Bulge - from now the German Army was on the retreat into Germany itself. Feb 16, 1945 Start of the Battle of Iwo Jima - the US Navy began a 3 day bombardment of Iwo Jima. Feb 19, 1945 US Marines landed on Iwo Jima Feb 23, 1945 US Marines raise the US flag on the summit of Mount Suribachi. Apr 13, 1945 The Russians captured Vienna. Belsen handed over to the British who entered the concentration camp on April 15th. Apr 18, 1945 All resistance in the Ruhr is ended and 370,000 German prisoners were taken. Apr 22, 1945 Hitler decided to stay in Berlin 'until the end'. Apr 25, 1945 American and British troops met at Torgau, Germany. Apr 30, 1945 Hitler committed suicide. May 2, 1945 Berlin surrendered to the Russian Army. May 8, 1945 Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Jun 22, 1945 Japanese resistance on Okinawa ended. Aug 6, 1945 First atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the 'Enola Gay'. Aug 9, 1945 Second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki by 'Bockscar. Sep 2, 1945 Japan surrendered. Victory in Japan (VJ) Day celebrated. Nov 20, 1945 Start of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.