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British Forces Capture Tobruk

01/22/1941

British and Australian forces capture Tobruk in North Africa. The Italian defenders lost 25,000 either killed, wounded or captured.

South African Forces Cross the Border Into Italy

01/29/1941

South African forces cross the border from Kenya and enter Italian Somaliland. The main attack does not begin until 10 February.

German and British Forces Clash

02/24/1941

German and British forces clash for the first time in the Western Desert.

Bulgaria Joins the Axis

03/02/1941

In Europe Bulgaria joins the Axis. German troops now have direct access from which to invade Yugoslavia and Greece.

Germany Invades Yugoslavia and Greece

04/06/1941

Germany invades both Yugoslavia and Greece - Operation Marita.
British forces occupy Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Start of the Siege of Tobruk

04/10/1941

Start of the siege of Tobruk after the Germans fail to capture it, the first time advancing German Panzers had been brought to a halt.
The Germans capture Zagreb.

Yugoslavian Army Surrenders

04/17/1941

The Royal Yugoslavian Army surrenders, Axis forces annex and occupy the region

Operation Barbarossa

06/22/1941

The German invasion of Russia - Operation Barbarossa begins. More than 4.5 million troops of the Axis powers invade the USSR along a front stretching almost 3,000 km - the largest military operation in history would also result in the largest casuality rate.

Last Phase of Operation Barbarossa

10/02/1941

The final phase of the German attack on Russia starts.

Pearl Harbour

12/07/1941

The Japanese attack the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour. In the two hour raid that followed, 18 warships, 188 aircraft and 2,402 servicemen were lost. Luckily, the 3 aircraft carriers of the fleet were all at sea at the time of the attack.

Britain and America Declare War on Japan

12/08/1941

Britain and America declare war on Japan.

Germany declares war on America.

12/11/1941

Germany declares war on America.