Britians involvememnt in WW2


Chamberlains position as prime minster.

May 1937 - May 1940

Phoney war

September 1939 - April 1940

‘Phoney War’ is the name given to the period of time in World War Two from September 1939 to April 1940 when, after the blitzkrieg attack on Poland in September 1939, seemingly nothing happened. Many in Great Britain expected a major calamity , but the title ‘Phoney War’ summarises what happened in Western Europe, near enough nothing.

Britain declares war on Germany

September 3, 1939

Hitler invades Poland on 1 September. Britain and France declare war on Germany two days later.

Churchill appointed Prime Minister Leading Coalition Government.

May 1940 - July 1945

Battle of Britain begins

July 10, 1940 - september 1940

The battle of Britain was the first to be fought solely in the air. Germany lacked planes but had many pilots. In Britain, the situation was reversed, but crucially it also had radar.

The Blitz Began

October 1940 - may 1945

The blitz lasted the duration of the war, claiming 40,000 civilian lives.

Hitler begins operation Barbarossa

june 1941 - October 1941

Operation Barbarossa, as the invasion was called, began on 22 June. The initial advance was swift, with the fall of Sebastopol at the end of October, and Moscow coming under attack at the end of the year.

Japan attacks Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941 - december 1941

This lead to USA joining the war days later.

British and Indian forces fight Japanese in Burma


British and Indian troops began their guerrilla campaign in Burma.

D day

June 6 1944 - june 6 1944

D Day was the Allied invasion of France.

Hitler commits suicide and Germany surrenders on 7th of may.

7th may 1945

General Election

July 1945 - October 1951

Labour government in power under Clement Attlee.

After atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrenders on 14 August.

14th August 1945

Such bombs had been in development since 1942, and on 6 August one of them was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later another was dropped on Nagasaki. No country could withstand such attacks, and the Japanese surrendered on 14 August.

Churchill Returns as prime minister.

October 1951 - 1955