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World War Two:
Interactive graphical chronology


European Theater of Operations

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World War II map

Pacific Theater of Operations

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World War II map, Pacific 1941


Monthly chronology (under construction)

Date Campaign Region Victor Notes about consequences
Fri, Sep 1, 1939 Invasion of Poland East Germany Test of Blitzkrieg; surrender after 3 weeks
Sun, Dec 10, 1939 Invasion of Finland Scandinavia Soviet Union Finns held off against heavy odds.
Tue, Apr 9, 1940 Invasion of Denmark & Norway Scandinavia Germany First use of airborne troops; Royal Navy ineffective against Luftwaffe
Fri, May 10, 1940 Invasion of Low Countries & France West Germany
Thu, Aug 1, 1940 Battle of Britain West Britain First major all-air force battle in history
Sun, Sep 1, 1940 Italian invasion of Egypt Africa Forces stalled after 70 miles.
Mon, Dec 9, 1940 British counteroffensive at Sidi Barrani Africa Britain One British & one Indian division destroyed an Italian army.
Mon, Feb 10, 1941 Liberation campaign in Ethiopia Africa Britain
Tue, Mar 25, 1941 Coup in Iraq Middle East Britain British forces occupied Baghdad to forestall German occupation.
Sun, Mar 30, 1941 Rommel's first Cyrenica offensive Africa Germany All of Libya retaken except Tobruk & Bardia.
Wed, Apr 9, 1941 Invasion of Yugoslavia & Greece Balkans Germany
Sun, Jun 15, 1941 British occupation of Syria Middle East Britain British forces occupied Damascus to forestall German occupation.
Sun, Jun 22, 1941 Invasion of Russia -- "Barbarossa" East Germany Over 1 million Soviet soldiers captured, heartland menaced.
Mon, Jul 28, 1941 German encirclement of Kiev East Germany
Thu, Oct 2, 1941 German offensive against Moscow East Germany
Tue, Nov 18, 1941 Auchinleck's offensive Africa Britain Confused fighting, Rommel pushed out of Cyrenica
Fri, Dec 5, 1941 Soviet offensive at Moscow East Soviet Union
Mon, Dec 15, 1941 Siege of Malta began (3 months) Mediterranean British withstood heavy air attacks, but RAF crippled.
Sat, Dec 27, 1941 Rommel's second Cyrenica offensive Africa Germany British offensive crushed, Germans advance to Gazala
Tue, May 26, 1942 Rommel takes Tobruk & invades Egypt Africa Germany
Sun, Jun 28, 1942 German offensive against Caucasus East Germany Equivocation on objectives split forces, allowing Russians time to regroup.
Fri, Aug 28, 1942 Rommel's offensive at El Alamein Africa Britain
Wed, Oct 28, 1942 Montgomery's offensive at El Alamein Africa Britain
Thu, Nov 19, 1942 Soviet offensive at Stalingrad East Soviet Union German Sixth Army & other troops surrendered.
Fri, Nov 20, 1942 U.S. - British invasion of North Africa Africa Allied
Sun, Feb 14, 1943 German attack at Kasserine Pass Africa
Fri, Feb 26, 1943 German counteroffensive at Kharkov East Germany Gen. Manstein destroyed Soviet spearheads & retook Kharkov.
Sat, Mar 20, 1943 British offensive at Mareth Line Africa Britain
Fri, May 7, 1943 Germans surrender in Tunisia Africa Allied
Mon, Jul 5, 1943 German offensive at Kursk East Soviet Union Massive tank losses
Sat, Jul 10, 1943 Invasion of Sicily Mediterranean Allies
Thu, Sep 9, 1943 Invasion of Italy at Salerno Mediterranean Allies
Fri, Oct 15, 1943 Soviets recapture Kiev East Soviet Union
Sat, Jan 15, 1944 Soviet offensive ends siege of Leningrad East Soviet Union
Sat, Jan 22, 1944 Landing at Anzio Mediterranean
Sat, Mar 25, 1944 Gen. Zhukov reaches the Carpathian Mtns. East Soviet Union
Thu, May 11, 1944 Offensive against Gustav Line Mediterranean Allies
Mon, Jun 5, 1944 Liberation of Rome Mediterranean Allies
Tue, Jun 6, 1944 Invasion of France at Normandy West Allies
Fri, Jun 23, 1944 Soviet offensive in Byelorussia East Soviet Union
Tue, Jul 25, 1944 Allied breakout from Normandy beachead West Allies
Tue, Aug 15, 1944 Invasion of Southern France West Allies
Fri, Aug 25, 1944 Liberation of Paris West Allies
Thu, Aug 31, 1944 Soviets capture Bucharest East Soviet Union
Sun, Sep 3, 1944 Liberation of Brussels West Allies
Fri, Sep 15, 1944 Airborne invasion of Holland (Arnhem) West
Fri, Dec 15, 1944 German Ardennes offensive West Allies Battle of the Bulge"
Mon, Jan 15, 1945 Soviet offensive in Southern Poland East Soviet Union
Mon, Feb 5, 1945 Allied invasion of Rhineland West Allies
Thu, Mar 22, 1945 Crossing of Rhine River West Allies
Sun, Apr 1, 1945 Allies offensive in Northern Italy Mediterranean Allies
Wed, Apr 25, 1945 Soviets capture Berlin East Soviet Union
Month, Year West Europe East Europe Mediterranean Pacific
Sept. 1939 German invasion of Poland
Oct. 1939
Nov. 1939
Dec. 1939 Invasion of Finland
Tue, Apr 9, 1940 Invasion of Denmark & Norway Scandinavia Germany First use of airborne troops; Royal Navy ineffective against Luftwaffe
Fri, May 10, 1940 Invasion of Low Countries & France West Germany
Thu, Aug 1, 1940 Battle of Britain West Britain First major all-air force battle in history
Sun, Sep 1, 1940 Italian invasion of Egypt Africa Forces stalled after 70 miles.
Mon, Dec 9, 1940 British counteroffensive at Sidi Barrani Africa Britain One British & one Indian division destroyed an Italian army.
Mon, Feb 10, 1941 Liberation campaign in Ethiopia Africa Britain
Tue, Mar 25, 1941 Coup in Iraq Middle East Britain British forces occupied Baghdad to forestall German occupation.
Sun, Mar 30, 1941 Rommel's first Cyrenica offensive Africa Germany All of Libya retaken except Tobruk & Bardia.
Wed, Apr 9, 1941 Invasion of Yugoslavia & Greece Balkans Germany
Sun, Jun 15, 1941 British occupation of Syria Middle East Britain British forces occupied Damascus to forestall German occupation.
Sun, Jun 22, 1941 Invasion of Russia -- "Barbarossa" East Germany Over 1 million Soviet soldiers captured, heartland menaced.
Mon, Jul 28, 1941 German encirclement of Kiev East Germany
Thu, Oct 2, 1941 German offensive against Moscow East Germany
Tue, Nov 18, 1941 Auchinleck's offensive Africa Britain Confused fighting, Rommel pushed out of Cyrenica
Fri, Dec 5, 1941 Soviet offensive at Moscow East Soviet Union
Mon, Dec 15, 1941 Siege of Malta began (3 months) Mediterranean British withstood heavy air attacks, but RAF crippled.
Sat, Dec 27, 1941 Rommel's second Cyrenica offensive Africa Germany British offensive crushed, Germans advance to Gazala
Tue, May 26, 1942 Rommel takes Tobruk & invades Egypt Africa Germany
Sun, Jun 28, 1942 German offensive against Caucasus East Germany Equivocation on objectives split forces, allowing Russians time to regroup.
Fri, Aug 28, 1942 Rommel's offensive at El Alamein Africa Britain
Oct. 1942 Montgomery's offensive at El Alamein
Nov. 1942 Soviet offensive at Stalingrad U.S. - British invasion of North Africa
Sun, Feb 14, 1943 German attack at Kasserine Pass Africa
Fri, Feb 26, 1943 German counteroffensive at Kharkov East Germany Gen. Manstein destroyed Soviet spearheads & retook Kharkov.
Sat, Mar 20, 1943 British offensive at Mareth Line Africa Britain
Fri, May 7, 1943 Germans surrender in Tunisia Africa Allied
Mon, Jul 5, 1943 German offensive at Kursk East Soviet Union Massive tank losses
Sat, Jul 10, 1943 Invasion of Sicily Mediterranean Allies
Thu, Sep 9, 1943 Invasion of Italy at Salerno Mediterranean Allies
Fri, Oct 15, 1943 Soviets recapture Kiev East Soviet Union
Sat, Jan 15, 1944 Soviet offensive ends siege of Leningrad East Soviet Union
Sat, Jan 22, 1944 Landing at Anzio Mediterranean
Sat, Mar 25, 1944 Gen. Zhukov reaches the Carpathian Mtns. East Soviet Union
Thu, May 11, 1944 Offensive against Gustav Line Mediterranean Allies
Mon, Jun 5, 1944 Liberation of Rome Mediterranean Allies
Tue, Jun 6, 1944 Invasion of France at Normandy West Allies
Fri, Jun 23, 1944 Soviet offensive in Byelorussia East Soviet Union
Tue, Jul 25, 1944 Allied breakout from Normandy beachead West Allies
Tue, Aug 15, 1944 Invasion of Southern France West Allies
Fri, Aug 25, 1944 Liberation of Paris West Allies
Thu, Aug 31, 1944 Soviets capture Bucharest East Soviet Union
Sun, Sep 3, 1944 Liberation of Brussels West Allies
Fri, Sep 15, 1944 Airborne invasion of Holland (Arnhem) West
Fri, Dec 15, 1944 German Ardennes offensive West Allies Battle of the Bulge"
Mon, Jan 15, 1945 Soviet offensive in Southern Poland East Soviet Union
Mon, Feb 5, 1945 Allied invasion of Rhineland West Allies
Thu, Mar 22, 1945 Crossing of Rhine River West Allies
Sun, Apr 1, 1945 Allies offensive in Northern Italy Mediterranean Allies
Wed, Apr 25, 1945 Soviets capture Berlin East Soviet Union