Sept. 1, 1939-Germans invade Poland.
Sept. 3-Britain and France declare war on Germany.
April 9, 1940-Nazis invade Norway and Denmark.
May 10-Hitler invades Lowlands. Churchill becomes British Prime Minister.
June 22-French sign armistice with Germany.
Aug. 8-German air force begins blitz of Britain.
June 22, 1941-Nazis invade Russia
Aug. 14-Roosevelt-Churchill sea conference drafts Atlantic Charter.
Dec. 7-Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
Dec. 8-U.S. and Great Britain declare war on Japan.
Feb. 15, 1942-Singapore surrenders.
Apr. 18-Doolittle’s “Shangri-La” bombers raid Tokyo, Yokohama, and Nagoya.
May 6-Corregidor falls and organized Philippine campaign ends.
June 3-6-U.S. Navy routs enemy force in naval Battle of Midway.
Aug. 7-U.S. Marines land on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in first major Allied offensive of the Pacific.
Aug. 17-Nazis penetrate Stalingrad.
Sept. 25-Japanese turned back from Port Moresby.
Oct. 23-British break Axis line at el Alamein.
Nov. 8-Allies invade North Africa.
Nov. 13-15-Battle Guadalcanal gives U.S. decisive naval victory.
Jan. 18, 1943-Russians completely break siege of Stalingrad.
Feb. 9-U.S. forces completely occupy Guadalcanal.
May 12-Axis resistance ends in Tunisia.
Aug. 15-U.S. and Canadian forces invade Kiska to find Japanese have fled the island.
Sept. 3-Italy invaded.
Sept. 8-Italian surrender announced.
Nov. 21-Marines and soldiers land on Makin and Tarawa.
Feb. 10, 1944-Yanks and Aussies win Huon peninsula campaign, New Guinea.
June 4-Allies take Rome.
June 6-Anglo-American forces invade Normandy, France.
June 16-29 Superfortresses bomb Yawata, Japan, from China, in first land-based raid on Japanese home islands.
June 20-American carrier planes drive off enemy fleet in first Battle of the Philippine Sea.
July 9-Organized resistance ends on Saipan.
July 20-German generals fail in attempt to kill Hitler and seize control of the Reich.
Aug. 25-Paris liberated.
Oct. 20-MacArthur “comes back” as his forces storm ashore Philippines at Leyte.
Oct. 23-26-U.S. Third and Seventh Fleets and submarines sink 24 Japanese ships in second Battle of the Philippine Sea.
Jan. 9, 1945-Yanks land in Lingayen Gulf area of Luzon.
Jan. 17-Soviets capture Warsaw.
Mar. 24-Anglo-Americans drive over Rhine in force.
April 25-U.S., Soviet troops link at Torgau.
May 1-Nazis announce Hitler’s death.
May 2-Berlin falls.
May 7-Germany surrenders unconditionally.
June 21-Organized resistance ends on Okinawa, 325 miles from Japan.
July 5-MacArthur announces all Philippine islands won back.
Aug. 6-First atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
Aug. 8-Russia declares war against Japan.
Aug. 14-Japan announces it will surrender to the Allies.
Sept. 2-Japan surrenders unconditionally aboard U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay.