World War II timeline By Klaus&co

  • Nazis take Czechoslovakia.

    Nazis take Czechoslovakia.
  • Nazis sign a pact with Italy.

     Nazis sign a pact with Italy.
  • Nazis and Soviets sign Pact. (Nazi soviet Pact)

    Nazis and Soviets sign Pact. (Nazi soviet Pact)
  • Britain and Poland sign a Mutual Assistance Treaty.

    Britain and Poland sign a Mutual Assistance Treaty.
  • Nazis invade Poland.

    Nazis invade Poland.
  • Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany.

    Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany.
  • British Royal Air Force attacks the German Navy.

    British Royal Air Force attacks the German Navy.
  • Canada declares war on Germany; Battle of the Atlantic begins.

    Canada declares war on Germany; Battle of the Atlantic begins.
  • Soviets invade Poland.

    Soviets invade Poland.
  • Nazis and Soviets divide up Poland.

    Nazis and Soviets divide up Poland.
  • Nazis begin euthanasia on sick and disabled in Germany.

     Nazis begin euthanasia on sick and disabled in Germany.
  • Assassination attempt on Hitler fails.

    Assassination attempt on Hitler fails.
  • Soviets attack Finland.

    Soviets attack Finland.
  • Soviet Union expelled from the League of Nations.

    Soviet Union expelled from the League of Nations.
  • Finland signs a peace treaty with Soviets.

  • Germans bomb Scapa Flow naval base near Scotland.

    Germans bomb Scapa Flow naval base near Scotland.
  • Nazis invade Denmark and Norway.

  • Nazis invade France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister.

  • Holland surrenders to the Nazis.

  • Evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk begins (Miracle of Dunkirk: Glorious British resistance).

  • Evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk begins (Miracle of Dunkirk: Glorious British resistance).

  • Norway surrenders to the Nazis; Italy declares war on Britain and France.

  • Germans enter Paris.

  • Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich; Soviets begin occupation of the Baltic States.

  • France signs an armistice with Nazi Germany.

  • Britain recognizes General Charles de Gaulle as the Free French leader.

  • German U-boats attack merchant ships in the Atlantic.

    German U-boats attack merchant ships in the Atlantic.
  • French Vichy government (controlled by Nazis) breaks off relations with Britain.

    French Vichy government (controlled by Nazis) breaks off relations with Britain.
  • Battle of Britain begins.

  • Soviets take Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    Soviets take Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
  • Italians occupy British Somaliland in East Africa.

  • irst German air raids on Central London.

    irst German air raids on Central London.
  • First British air raid on Berlin.

    First British air raid on Berlin.
  • Hitler plans Operation Sea Lion (the invasion of Britain

     Hitler plans Operation Sea Lion (the invasion of Britain
  • German Blitzkrieg against Britain begins

     German Blitzkrieg against Britain begins
  • Italians invade Egypt (controlled by the British)

    Italians invade Egypt (controlled by the British)
  • Italy invades Greece.

    Italy invades Greece.
  • Hungary joins the Axis Powers

  • Greeks defeat the Italian 9th Army.

  • Romania joins the Axis Powers.

  • British begin a western desert offensive in North Africa against the Italians.

    British begin a western desert offensive in North Africa against the Italians.
  • Massive German air raid on London.

    Massive German air raid on London.
  • German General Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli, North Africa.

     German General Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli, North Africa.
  • British forces arrive in Greece.

    British forces arrive in Greece.
  • Nazis invade Greece and Yugoslavia.

    Nazis invade Greece and Yugoslavia.
  • Yugoslavia surrenders to the Nazis.

     Yugoslavia surrenders to the Nazis.
  • Greece surrenders to the Nazis.

    Greece surrenders to the Nazis.
  • Operation Brevity begins (the British counter-attack in Egypt).

    Operation Brevity begins (the British counter-attack in Egypt).
  • Allies invade Syria and Lebanon.

    Allies invade Syria and Lebanon.
  • Germany attacks Soviet Union as Operation Barbarossa begins.

    Germany attacks Soviet Union as Operation Barbarossa begins.
  • Mutual Assistance agreement between British and Soviets.

    Mutual Assistance agreement between British and Soviets.
  • British occupy Syria.

    British occupy Syria.
  • Göring instructs Heydrich to prepare for the Final Solution.

    Göring instructs Heydrich to prepare for the Final Solution.
  • United States announces an oil embargo against aggressor states.

    United States announces an oil embargo against aggressor states.
  • Roosevelt and Churchill announce the Atlantic Charter.

    Roosevelt and Churchill announce the Atlantic Charter.
  • Nazis order Jews to wear yellow stars.

    Nazis order Jews to wear yellow stars.
  • First experimental use of gas chambers at Auschwitz.

    First experimental use of gas chambers at Auschwitz.
  • Nazis murder 33,771 Jews at Kiev.

     Nazis murder 33,771 Jews at Kiev.
  • Operation Typhoon begins (German advance on Moscow).

    Operation Typhoon begins (German advance on Moscow).
  • The Soviet Army lounches a counter offensive around Moscow.

    The Soviet Army lounches a counter offensive around Moscow.
    launches a major counter-offensive around Moscow.
  • Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor; Hitler issues the Night and Fog decree.

    Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor; Hitler issues the Night and Fog decree.
  • United States and Britain declare war on Japan.

    United States and Britain declare war on Japan.
  • Hitler declares war on the United States.

    Hitler declares war on the United States.
  • Rommel begins a retreat to El Agheila in North Africa.

    Rommel begins a retreat to El Agheila in North Africa.
  • Declaration of the United Nations signed by 26 Allied nations.

    Declaration of the United Nations signed by 26 Allied nations.
  • Germans begin a U-boat offensive along east coast of USA.

    Germans begin a U-boat offensive along east coast of USA.
  • SS Leader Heydrich holds the Wannsee Conference to coordinate the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question."

    SS Leader Heydrich holds the Wannsee Conference to coordinate the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question."
  • First American forces arrive in Great Britain.

    First American forces arrive in Great Britain.
  • First thousand-bomber British air raid (against Cologne).

    First thousand-bomber British air raid (against Cologne).
  • Mass murder of Jews by gassing begins at Auschwitz.

    Mass murder of Jews by gassing begins at Auschwitz.
  • Rommel reaches El Alamein near Cairo, Egypt.

    Rommel reaches El Alamein near Cairo, Egypt.
  • First Battle of El Alamein.

    First Battle of El Alamein.
  • First deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto to concentration camps; Treblinka extermination camp opened.

    First deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto to concentration camps; Treblinka extermination camp opened.
  • Stalin and Churchill meet in Moscow.

    Stalin and Churchill meet in Moscow.
  • First all-American air attack in Europe.

    First all-American air attack in Europe.
  • Massive German air raid on Stalingrad, Russia.

    Massive German air raid on Stalingrad, Russia.
  • Battle of Stalingrad begins.

    Battle of Stalingrad begins.
  • Operation Supercharge

    Operation Supercharge
    Allies break Axis lines at El Alamein
  • Operation Torch begins

    Operation Torch begins
    U.S. invasion of North Africa
  • Germans and Italians invade unoccupied Vichy France.

    Germans and Italians invade unoccupied Vichy France.
  • Soviet counter-offensive at Stalingrad begins.

    Soviet counter-offensive at Stalingrad begins.
  • British Foreign Secretary Eden tells the British House of Commons of mass executions of Jews by Nazis; U.S. declares those crimes will be avenged.

    British Foreign Secretary Eden tells the British House of Commons of mass executions of Jews by Nazis; U.S. declares those crimes will be avenged.
  • Soviets begin an offensive against the Germans in Stalingrad.

    Soviets begin an offensive against the Germans in Stalingrad.
  • Casablanca conference between Churchill and Roosevelt. During the conference, Roosevelt announces the war can end only with "unconditional German surrender."

    Casablanca conference between Churchill and Roosevelt. During the conference, Roosevelt announces the war can end only with "unconditional German surrender."
    (Jan 14 - Jan 24)
  • Germans surrender at Stalingrad in the first big defeat of Hitler's armies.

    Germans surrender at Stalingrad in the first big defeat of Hitler's armies.
  • German and Italian troops surrender in North Africa

    German and Italian troops surrender in North Africa
  • Himmler orders the liquidation of all Jewish ghettos in Poland.

    Himmler orders the liquidation of all Jewish ghettos in Poland.
  • Germans begin their last offensive against Kursk.

    Germans begin their last offensive against Kursk.
  • Allies land in Sicily.

     Allies land in Sicily.
  • Allies bomb Rome

    Allies bomb Rome
  • Americans capture Palermo, Sicily.

    Americans capture Palermo, Sicily.
  • Mussolini arrested and the Italian Fascist government falls; Marshal Pietro Badoglio takes over and negotiates with Allies.

    Mussolini arrested and the Italian Fascist government falls; Marshal Pietro Badoglio takes over and negotiates with Allies.
  • Allied air raid causes a firestorm in Hamburg.

    Allied air raid causes a firestorm in Hamburg.
  • Germans evacuate Sicily.

    Germans evacuate Sicily.
  • Italian surrender to Allies is announced.

    Italian surrender to Allies is announced.
  • Germans occupy Rome

    Germans occupy Rome
  • Germans rescue Mussolini

    Germans rescue Mussolini
  • Mussolini re-establishes a Fascist government.

    Mussolini re-establishes a Fascist government.
  • Allies enter Naples, Italy.

    Allies enter Naples, Italy.
  • Italy declares war on Germany; Second American air raid on Schweinfurt.

    Italy declares war on Germany; Second American air raid on Schweinfurt.
  • Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin meet at Teheran.

    Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin meet at Teheran.
  • Soviet troops advance into Poland.

    Soviet troops advance into Poland.
  • British drop 3000 tons of bombs during an air raid on Hamburg, Germany.

    British drop 3000 tons of bombs during an air raid on Hamburg, Germany.
  • Soviet troops begin an offensive to liberate Crimea.

    Soviet troops begin an offensive to liberate Crimea.
  • Allies enter Rome.

    Allies enter Rome.
  • D-Day landings on the northern coast of France.

    D-Day landings on the northern coast of France.
  • Soviet offensive against the Finnish front begins.

    Soviet offensive against the Finnish front begins.
  • 'Battle of the Hedgerows' in Normandy; Soviets capture Minsk.

    'Battle of the Hedgerows' in Normandy; Soviets capture Minsk.
  • Assassination attempt by German Army officers against Hitler fails.

    Assassination attempt by German Army officers against Hitler fails.
  • Soviet troops liberate first concentration camp at Majdanek

    Soviet troops liberate first concentration camp at Majdanek
  • Operation Cobra (U.S. troops break out west of St. Lô).

    Operation Cobra (U.S. troops break out west of St. Lô).
  • Anne Frank and family arrested by the Gestapo in Amsterdam, Holland.

    Anne Frank and family arrested by the Gestapo in Amsterdam, Holland.
  • Germans begin a major counter-attack toward Avranches.

     Germans begin a major counter-attack toward Avranches.
  • Operation Dragoon begins (the Allied invasion of Southern France).

    Operation Dragoon begins (the Allied invasion of Southern France).
  • Liberation of Paris.

    Liberation of Paris.
  • Finland and the Soviet Union agree to a cease-fire.

    Finland and the Soviet Union agree to a cease-fire.
  • Allies liberate Athens; General Rommel commits suicide.

    Allies liberate Athens; General Rommel commits suicide.
  • Massive German surrender at Aachen, Germany.

    Massive German surrender at Aachen, Germany.
  • Last use of gas chambers at Auschwitz.

    Last use of gas chambers at Auschwitz.
  • Soviet troops capture Warsaw, Poland.

     Soviet troops capture Warsaw, Poland.
  • Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz

    Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz
  • Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin meet at Yalta.

    Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin meet at Yalta.
  • Allies discover stolen Nazi art and wealth hidden in German salt mines.

    Allies discover stolen Nazi art and wealth hidden in German salt mines.
  • U.S. troops encircle Germans in the Ruhr; Allied offensive in northern Italy.

    U.S. troops encircle Germans in the Ruhr; Allied offensive in northern Italy.
  • Soviet troops begin their final attack on Berlin; Americans enter Nuremberg.

    Soviet troops begin their final attack on Berlin; Americans enter Nuremberg.
  • German forces in the Ruhr surrender.

    German forces in the Ruhr surrender.
  • Soviets reach Berlin.

     Soviets reach Berlin.
  • Mussolini is captured and hanged by Italian partisans; Allies take Venice.

    Mussolini is captured and hanged by Italian partisans; Allies take Venice.
  • Adolf Hitler commits suicide.

    Adolf Hitler commits suicide.
  • German troops in Italy surrender

    German troops in Italy surrender
  • Unconditional surrender of all German forces to Allies.

    Unconditional surrender of all German forces to Allies.
  • V-E (Victory in Europe) Day.

     V-E (Victory in Europe) Day.
  • Allies divide up Germany and Berlin and take over the government.

    Allies divide up Germany and Berlin and take over the government.
  • American, British, and French troops move into Berlin.

    American, British, and French troops move into Berlin.
  • First U.S. atomic bomb test; Potsdam Conference begins.

    First U.S. atomic bomb test; Potsdam Conference begins.
  • First atomic bomb dropped, on Hiroshima, Japan.

    First atomic bomb dropped, on Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Soviets declares war on Japan and invade Manchuria.

    Soviets declares war on Japan and invade Manchuria.
  • Second atomic bomb dropped, on Nagasaki, Japan.

    Second atomic bomb dropped, on Nagasaki, Japan.
  • Japanese agree to unconditional surrender.

     Japanese agree to unconditional surrender.
  • Japanese sign the surrender agreement; V-J (Victory over Japan) Day.

    Japanese sign the surrender agreement;  V-J (Victory over Japan) Day.
  • United Nations is born.

    United Nations is born.
  • Nuremberg war crimes trials begin (Trial against Nazi leaders)

    Nuremberg war crimes trials begin (Trial against Nazi leaders)