WWII Timeline

WWII Battles

Events of military or tactical importance, mostly.

WWII

Sep 1, 1939 - Aug 14, 1945

Just to illustrate the length of the whole shebang.

Germany Invades Poland

September 1, 1939

Start of WWII

War Declared on Germany

Sept. 3, 1939

Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France declare war on Germany.

Evacuation of Dunkirk

June 3, 1940

British forces are evacuated from Dunkirk using lots and lots of civilian help.

Battle of Britain

July 10, 1940 - Oct. 31, 1940

Battle of Britain occurs, allied victory prevented German invasion of Britain

Operation Barbarossa

June 22, 1941 - Dec, 1941

German loss in USSR, began Nazi defeat in the Eastern front of the European theatre.

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Started US involvement in WWII

Battle of the Coral Sea

May 4, 1942 - May 8, 1942

Key to Japanese loss at Midway. Allied supply lines were protected, and Japanese lost islands important for successful attack.

Battle of Midway

June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942

Turning point in battle; Discourages Japanese from attempting to capture Midway

Battle of Guadalcanal

August 7, 1942 - February, 1943

Allowed for Allies to start island hopping in Pacific theatre.

Battle of Stalingrad

September 13, 1942 - February 2, 1943

First major (and demoralizing) loss for Nazi Germany

El Alamein

October 23, 1942 - November 5, 1942

Gave allies free access to the Suez canal

D Day

June 6, 1944

Gave Allied forces a foothold in France

Battle of the Bulge

Dec. 16, 1944 - Jan. 25, 1945

Nazis last major offensive against the Allies in the West. German losses were also more than the army could handle.

Battle of Iwo Jima

Feb 19, 1945 - Mar 26, 1945

Iwo Jima had airfields that would give the controlling forces a tactical advantage

US Invades Okinawa

July 15, 1945

Okinawa allowed the US to form an assembly line of supplies to reach Japan

Hiroshima Bombed

6 Aug 1945

Was to end the war and ensure Japanese surrender

Nagasaki Bombed

Aug 9, 1945

Was to end the war and ensure Japanese surrender

Other events

Not exactly WWII, but around the same time.

FDR reelected

Nov 3, 1936

Roosevelt defeats Alfred Landon

Churchill becomes Prime Minister

May 10, 1940

After Neville Chamberlain resigns, Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of the UK

Charles de Gaulle leads Free France

June 28, 1940

Britain recognized Charles de Gaulle as the leader of the Free French

FDR reelected

Nov 5, 1940

Mount Rushmore Completed

Jun 26, 1941

Japanese Internment

May 8, 1942 - Mar 20, 1945

More than 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry sent into custody of WRA

Mao Zedong First Chairman

March 20, 1943

Mao Zedong named as the First Chairman of the Communist Party of China

1944 Olympics (cancelled)

1944

Never took place due to WWII

GI Bill Becomes Law

June 22, 1944

FDR reelected

Nov 7, 1944

Yalta Conference

Feb 4 1945 - Feb 11, 1945

Stalin, FDR, and Churchill meet to discuss the state of Europe after the war

Hitler Commits Suicide

April 30, 1945