JC Pagsanhan's Timeline

Theme: World War 2 Chronology

DateTitleReason for Choosing Date
1939, September 1  The Invasion of Poland begins at 4:30 a.m. with the German Luftwaffe attacking several targets in Poland.  
1939, September 1  The United Kingdom and France demand Germany's immediate withdrawal.  
1939, September 10  Canada declares war on Germany.  
1939, September 28  The Polish capital Warsaw surrender to the Germans.  
1939, November 8  Germans appoint Hans Frank Governor General of Poland and begin accelerating the anti-Jewish programs there.  
1939, December 18  The first Canadian troops arrive in Europe.  
1939, December 28  Meat rationing program begins in Britain.  
1940, January 8  Bacon, butter, and sugar rationing begins in Britain.  
1940, January 11  Meat rationing begins in France.  
1940, March 12  Finland signs a peace treaty with the Soviet Union.  
1940, March 18  Mussolini agrees with Hitler that Italy will enter the war "at an opportune moment".  
1940, March 28  Britain and France make a formal agreement that neither country will seek a separate peace with Germany.  
1940, April 3  Churchill is appointed chairman of the Ministerial Defense Committee following the resignation of Lord Chatfield.  
1940, April 9  Germany invades Denmark and Norway; Denmark surrenders.  
1940, May 10  Germany invades Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands  
1940, May 10  Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom upon the resignation of Neville Chamberlain.  
1940, May 28  Belgium surrenders; Germans evacuate Narvik  
1940, June 10  Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom, Norway surrenders.  
1940, June 25  France officially surrenders to Germany at 0,35.  
1940, June 30  Germany invades the Channel Islands.  
1940, July 1  Channel Islands occupied by German forces; French government moves to Vichy.  
1940, July 10  Battle of Britain begins.  
1940, August 25  First British air raid on Berlin.  
1940, September 13  Italy invades Egypt.  
1940, October 16  Draft registration begins in the United States.  
1941, April 13  Japan and the Soviet Union sign a neutrality pact.  
1941, June 22  Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.  
1941, June 23  Hungary and Slovakia declare war on the Soviet Union.  
1941, June 26  Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.  
1941, June 28  Albania declares war on the Soviet Union.  
1941, July 8  Yugoslavia dissolved by the Axis.  
1941, July 12  Britain and Soviet Union sign mutual defence agreement, promising not to sign any form of separate peace agreement with Germany.  
1941, August 6  American and British governments warn Japan not to invade Thailand.  
1941, August 9  Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet at Argentia, Newfoundland. The Atlantic Charter is created as a result.  
1941, August 18  Adolf Hitler orders a temporary halt to Nazi Germany's systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and handicapped due to protests. However, graduates of the T-4 Euthanasia Program were then transferred to concentration camps, where they continued in their trad  
1941, September 11  Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Navy to shoot on sight if any ship or convoy is threatened.  
1941, October 2  Operation Typhoon - Germany begins an all-out offensive against Moscow.  
1941, October 17  The destroyer USS Kearney is torpedoed and damaged near Iceland, killing eleven sailors - the first American military casualties of the war.  
1941, November 17  Joseph Grew, the United States ambassador to Japan, cables the State Department that Japan had plans to launch an attack against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (his cable was ignored).  
1941, November 26  Japanese attack fleet of 33 warships and auxiliary craft, including six aircraft carriers, sailed from northern Japan for the Hawaiian Islands; The Hull note ultimatum is delivered to Japan by the United States.  
1941, November 27  Battle of Moscow - Germans reach their closest approach to Moscow. They are subsequently frozen by cold weather and attacks by the Soviets.  
1941, December 5  The United Kingdom declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.  
1941, December 7  Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor and declares war on the United States and the United Kingdom. Air attacks also on Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya, Thailand, the Philippines, and Shanghai.  
1941, December 8  Japan invades Malaya; the United States and the United Kingdom declare war on Japan; The Netherlands declares war on Japan,  
1941, December 9  China officially declares war on Japan [1]  
1941, December 11  Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, United States reciprocates and declares war on Germany and Italy; US forces repel a Japanese landing attempt at Wake Island.  
1941, December 12  The United States and the United Kingdom declare war on Romania and Bulgaria after they had declared war on both the United States and the United Kingdom; India declares war on Japan; United States seizes French ship Normandie.  
1941, December 13  Hungary declares war on the United States and the United Kingdom, the United States and the United Kingdom reciprocate and declare war on Hungary.  
1941, December 19  Hitler becomes Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army  
1942, February 23  Japanese submarine I-17 fires sixteen high-explosive shells toward an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing little damage.  
1942, April 3  Japanese forces begin an all-out assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula. Bataan fell on April 9 and the Bataan Death "March" began.  
1942, June 1  Mexico declares war on Germany, Italy and Japan.  
1942, June 4  The Battle of Midway; Reinhard Heydrich dies in Prague due to the assassination by Czechoslovak paratroopers (Operation Anthropoid)  
1942, June 12  Future essayist Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday.  
1942, June 18  Manhattan Project started.  
1942, July 9  Anne Frank's family goes into hiding in an attic above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse.  
1942, September 1  Manhattan Engineering District is formally created, full-effort production of the atomic bomb is begun.  
1942, September 1  Stalingrad is now completely encircled by German forces.  
1942, November 19  Battle of Stalingrad - Soviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launch the Operation Uranus counterattacks at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the battle in the USSR's favor.  
1943, January 18  Soviet officials announce they have broken the Wehrmacht's siege of Leningrad; The Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto rise up for the first time, starting the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  
1943, January 27  50 bombers mount the first all American air raid against Germany (Wilhelmshaven was the target).  
1943, February 11  General Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.  
1943, July 19  Rome is bombed by the Allies for the first time in the war.  
1943, July 28  Operation Gomorrah - The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians.  
1943, September 3  Mainland Italy is invaded by Allied forces under Bernard L. Montgomery, for the first time in the war.  
1943, September 8  United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announces the surrender of Italy to the Allies and the USAAF bombed the German General Headquarter for the Mediterranean zone Frascati bombing raid September 8, 1943; Julius Fucik is executed by Nazis.  
1943, November 15  Allied Expeditionary Force for the invasion of Europe is officially formed; German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies and "part-Gypsies" were to be put "on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps."  
1943, November 22  US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and ROC leader Chiang Kai-Shek meet in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss ways to defeat Japan.  
1943, December 24  US General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.  
1944, June 5  Rome falls to the Allies. It is the first capital of an Axis nation to fall; More than 1000 British bombers drop 5000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.  
1944, June 6  Battle of Normandy begins - Operation Overlord, code named D-Day, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibio  
1944, July 19  The entire Government of Japan resigns, Emperor Hirohito asks General Kuniaka Koiso to form a new government.  
1944, August 15  Operation Dragoon begins with the amphibious Allied landings in southern France.  
1944, August 19  French Resistance begins uprising in Paris.  
1944, August 25  Paris is liberated; De Gaulle and Free French parade triumphantly down the Champs-Élysées.  
1944, September 2  Allied troops enter Belgium.  

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