HomeAboutLogin
       
       
 
6 years

   
World War 2 started when Germany invaded Poland without warning at 4.45am on the 1st September 1939. By the evening of the 3rd September, Britain and France were at war with Germany and within a week, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa had also joined the conflict. The world had been plunged into a world war for the second time in 25 years. World War 2 lasted for 6 long and bloody years and was eventually to involve every major world power and cost the lives of some 60 million people.

More on this Website

 
 
World War 2 started when Germany invaded Poland without warning at 4.45am on the 1st September 1939. By the evening of the 3rd September, Britain and France were at war with Germany and within a week, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa had also joined the conflict. The world had been plunged into a world war for the second time in 25 years. World War 2 lasted for 6 long and bloody years and was eventually to involve every major world power and cost the lives of some 60 million people. More...

 
    Chamberlain, British Prime Minister
  Chamberlain, British Prime Minister
The Right Honourable Arthur Neville Chamberlain was a British politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940. Chamberlain is perhaps the most ill-regarded British Prime Minister of the 20th century, largely because of his polic...
 
    Sir Winston Churchill
  Sir Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was a politician, a soldier, an artist, and the 20th century's most famous and celebrated Prime Minister. His father was Lord Randolph Churchill, a Nineteenth Century Tory politician. He was educated at Harrow and at Sandhurst Royal...
 
    Joseph Stalin, Dictator of the Soviet Union
  Joseph Stalin, Dictator of the Soviet Union
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian-born Soviet revolutionary and political leader. He governed the Soviet Union as dictator from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, serving as Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1953 and as General S...
 
    Douglas MacArthur, US General WW2
  Douglas MacArthur, US General WW2
Douglas MacArthur is a major figure in the US military and diplomatic history of WWII and post-WWII. As general of the army, he helped conquer the Japanese Empire and played a major role in rebuilding the nation and drafting its first democratic cons...
 
    George Marshall, Leader Allied victory in WWII
  George Marshall, Leader Allied victory in WWII
George Catlett Marshall Jr. was an American statesman and soldier. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army under presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, and served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman. He...
 
    Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President, 1933-1945
  Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President, 1933-1945
Thirty-Second President USA, 1933-1945. Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in...
 
    Mussolini, Il Duce, Dictator of Italy
  Mussolini, Il Duce, Dictator of Italy
Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pret...
 
    Hideki Tojo, Japanese General, WW2
  Hideki Tojo, Japanese General, WW2
Hideki Tojo was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA), the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941, to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he wa...
 
    General George S. Patton, USA WW2
  General George S. Patton, USA WW2
General George Smith Patton Jr. was a senior officer of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and G...
 
    General Montgomery, Britain WW2
  General Montgomery, Britain WW2
Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, nicknamed "Monty" and "The Spartan General", was a senior British Army officer who fought in both the First World War and the Second World War. He saw action in the First World War as a junior officer of the R...
 
    Adolf Hitler, Der Führer
  Adolf Hitler, Der Führer
Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known as the Nazi Party. He was Chancellor of Germ...
 
    Charles de Gaulle
  Charles de Gaulle
Leader of the French resistance in WWII - A lifetime military man, de Gaulle was minister for National Defense and War in June, 1940 when France capitulated to Germany. DeGaulle escaped to Britain, where he made a famous broadcast calling on the Fren...
 
    Dwight Eisenhower, 34th US President, 1953-1961
  Dwight Eisenhower, 34th US President, 1953-1961
Thirty-Fourth President USA,1953-1961. Bringing to the Presidency his prestige as commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower obtained a truce in Korea and worked incessantly during his two terms to...
 
    Rommel, German Marshal WW2
  Rommel, German Marshal WW2
Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel was one of the best known German Field Marshals and commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps in World War II. He is also known by his nickname The Desert Fox (Wüstenfuchs). In a classic blitzkrieg, Allied forces were com...
 
    Karl Dönitz, German Naval Commander
  Karl Dönitz, German Naval Commander
Karl Dönitz was a German naval Commander who served in the Imperial German Navy during World War I, commanded the German submarine fleet during World War II, and eventually was given control of the entire German Navy (Kriegsmarine). In the final days...
 
    Josip Broz Tito, Leader Yugoslavia
  Josip Broz Tito, Leader Yugoslavia
Josip Broz Tito was a Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles from 1943 until his death in 1980. During World War II he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement in occupied Europ...
 
    Hermann Goering, Hitler's Successor
  Hermann Goering, Hitler's Successor
Hermann Wilhelm Göring (also Goering in English) was a German politician and military leader, a leading member of the Nazi Party, second in command of the Third Reich, and commander of the Luftwaffe. He was tried for war crimes and crimes against hum...
 
    Harry Truman, 33rd US President, 1945-1952
  Harry Truman, 33rd US President, 1945-1952
Harry Truman was president of America (1945-1952) after the death of F.D. Roosevelt in April 1945. Harry Truman gave the order for the atomic bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and he represented the United States at Potsdam, the last of t...
 
    Marshal Georgi Zhukov, USSR WW2
  Marshal Georgi Zhukov, USSR WW2
Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov was a Soviet Red Army officer who became Chief of General Staff, Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Minister of Defence and a member of the Politburo. During World War II he participated in multiple battles, ultimately commandin...
 
    Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer SS, WW2
  Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer SS, WW2
Heinrich Luitpold Himmler was Reichsführer of the SS, a military commander, and a leading member of the Nazi Party. As Chief of the German Police and later the Minister of the Interior, Himmler oversaw all internal and external police and security fo...
 
    Lord Mountbatten, Last Viceroy of India
  Lord Mountbatten, Last Viceroy of India
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, was a British statesman and naval officer. During World War II, he was Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Command (1943–46). He was the la...
 
    Albert Speer, German Architect
  Albert Speer, German Architect
Albert Speer was a German architect who was, for part of World War II, Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich. Speer was Adolf Hitler's chief architect before assuming ministerial office. As "the Nazi who said sorry", he accepte...
 
    Thommy Flowers, Designed Colossus
  Thommy Flowers, Designed Colossus
Thomas "Tommy" Harold Flowers was an English engineer. During World War II, Flowers designed Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic computer, to help solve encrypted German messages. Flowers's first contact with the wartime codebreaki...
 
    John Frost, Battle of Arnhem
  John Frost, Battle of Arnhem
Major General John Dutton was a British airborne officer best known for being the leader of the small group of airborne forces that actually got to Arnhem bridge during the Battle of Arnhem. He was one of the first to join the newly formed Parachute...
 
    World War I, WW1
  World War I, WW1
World War I (WWI), also called the First World War or Great War, was a major war centered in Europe that began in the summer of 1914 and lasted until November 1918. It involved all of the world's great powers, which were assembled in two opposing all...
 
    Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
  Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a German-born diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis; English: The Secret Annex), i...
 
    Spanish Civil War
  Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War was the result of complex political differences between the Republicans — supporters of the government of the day, the Second Spanish Republic, mostly subscribing to electoral democracy and ranging from centrists to those advoca...
 
    The Katyn Forest Massacre, Poland
  The Katyn Forest Massacre, Poland
The Katyn massacre, also known as the Katyn Forest massacre was a mass murder of thousands of Polish prisoners of war (primarily military officers), intellectuals, policemen, and other public servants by the Soviet NKVD, based on a proposal from Lavr...
 
    The Holocaust, Genocide World War II
  The Holocaust, Genocide World War II
The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and its World War II collaborators killed some six million European Jews. The victims included 1.5 million children and constituted about two-thirds of...
 
    Pearl Harbor Raid, US joins WW2
  Pearl Harbor Raid, US joins WW2
The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's so...
 
    Manhattan Project, Development Atomic Bomb
  Manhattan Project, Development Atomic Bomb
The Manhattan Project was a research and development undertaking during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under...
 
    Battle of the Java Sea, WW2
  Battle of the Java Sea, WW2
The Battle of the Java Sea was a decisive naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, that sealed the fate of the Netherlands East Indies. Allied navies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hand of the Imperial Japanese Navy, on 27 February...
 
    The Battle of Midway, WW2
  The Battle of Midway, WW2
The Battle of Midway is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the...
 
    D-Day, June 6 : The Normandy Invasion
  D-Day, June 6 : The Normandy Invasion
May 1944 had been the time chosen at Washington in May 1943 for the invasion. Difficulties in assembling landing craft forced a postponement until June, but June 5 was fixed as the unalterable date by Eisenhower on May 17. As the day approa...
 
    Korean War
  Korean War
North Korea launched its invasion of the South with every confidence that they would win the war in a month or two. They were well armed by the USSR, their ranks filled with battle-hardened veterans of China's Civil War, and the Truman administration...
 
    Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, WW2
  Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, WW2
During the final stage of World War II, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The United States had dropped the bombs with the consent of the United Kingdom a...
 
    Indian Independence Act 1947
  Indian Independence Act 1947
The Indian Independence Act 1947 was as an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that partitioned British India into the two new independent dominions of India and Pakistan. The Act received the royal assent on 18 July 1947, and Pakistan came i...
 
       
 
         
          2018 © Timeline Index | Webwork.Amsterdam