TIMELINE OF WORLD WAR 2: This is a continuation of a World War Two timeline which begins on this page.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (April 19 – May 16, 1943) The Jewish resistance launches an insurgency in the Warsaw Ghetto which is eventually crushed by the Nazis.
It’s the largest single revolt by the Jews during the Holocaust.
The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23, 1942 – February 2, 1943) German and other Axis troops attack and almost take Stalingrad by November 1943, but they are encircled during the winter and forced to surrender.
The Battle of Kursk (July 5 – August 23, 1943) One of the largest battles ever sees about 780,000 Axis troops and 3000 tanks take on almost 2,000,000 Soviet troops and 5000 tanks.
The Axis attempts to destroy Soviet forces in a bulge in the battle lines, but the Soviet defenses prove too strong and they deliver a devastating counter-attack.
Dieppe Raid fails (August 19, 1942) The Allies unsuccessfully try to establish a beachhead in Dieppe on the French side of the English Channel.
Operation Husky (July 9 – August 17, 1943) The Allies take Sicily, opening up Italy for invasion.
Mussolini ousted (July 24, 1943) The dictator, known as Il Duce, is forced from power by the Italian Grand Council of Fascism because of Italy’s defeats in North Africa and Sicily. He is imprisoned in the mountainous Campo Imperatore.
Allies invade Italy (September 3 – 16, 1943) The Allies land troops in southern Italy.
Armistice with Italy (September 3, 1943) Italy makes peace with the Allies and Germany sends troops to occupy the north of the country.
Il Duce is back (September 12, 1943) Mussolini is rescued by German special forces. After a meeting with Hitler, Mussolini is forced to set up the Italian Socialist Republic in the country’s north, a toothless puppet government of the Nazi regime.
The Cairo and Tehran conferences (November 22 – December1, 1943) Allied leaders meet to plan the end of the war. Stalin dominates the Tehran Conference and secures Western consent to set up satellite states in Eastern Europe after the war.
Russians on the offensive (July 12 – December 23, 1943) Soviet forces reverse the tide of war through Operations Kutuzov, Smolensk and the Lower Dnieper Offensives. These are some of the largest and costliest operations of the war in which millions of combatants and civilians are killed.
Battle of Monte Cassino (January 17 – May 18, 1944) The Allies succeed in pushing Axis forces back from positions around Rome, but at a huge cost in lives.
Siege ends (January 27, 1944) The Axis siege of Leningrad is broken after a massive 871 days, making it the longest and most lethal siege in history.
Crimean Offensive (April 8 – May 12, 1944) The Soviets liberate the Crimean Peninsula and start making excursions into Romania soon after.
D-Day (June 6, 1944) Allied forces invade northern France in what was codenamed Operation Overlord. Thousands die on beaches called Juno, Omaha, Sword and Gold.
Operation Bagration (June 22 – August 19, 1944) A decisive victory for the Soviets resulting the near-total destruction of the main German army in the east.
The Lvov-Sandomierz Offensive (July 13 – August 29, 1944) A concurrent operation to Bagration which forces German troops from the Ukraine and Eastern Poland.
The Jassy–Kishinev Offensive (August 20 – 29, 1944) The Soviets push deeper into Eastern Europe, capturing Romania and forcing it to change sides to the Allies.
Warsaw Uprising (August 1 – October 2, 1944) The Polish Resistance unsuccessfully attempts to wrest control of Warsaw from the Germans. As a consequence, the Nazis level the city.
Paris liberated (August 25, 1944) The Germans are forced to leave Paris and the city is liberated by the local resistance and Free French Forces.
Operation Market Garden (September 17 – 25, 1944) An unsuccessful airborne operation designed to seize bridges on the far side of the Rhine River.
The Battle of the Scheldt (October 2 – November 8, 1944) A Canadian-led assault on Northern Belgium and the southwestern Netherlands which opened up Antwerp to Allied shipping.
The Battle of the Bulge (December 16 – 25 January 1945) A major and unsuccessful German counter-offensive through Belgium, France and Luxembourg.
The Siege of Budapest (December 29, 1944 – February 13, 1945) The Soviets siege and eventually capture the Hungarian capital. This is one of the bloodiest campaigns of the war.
The East Prussian Offensive (January 13 – April 24, 1945) The Soviets overrun German East Prussia, including the old Prussian capital of Königsberg.
Auschwitz liberated (January 27, 1945) The Nazi’s most infamous concentration camp is liberated by Russian troops.
Yalta Conference (February 4 – 11, 1945) The “Big Three” Allied leaders (Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill) meet in Russia to discuss Europe’s post-war reorganization. They agree on the occupation of post-war Germany and Stalin agrees to send an army to fight Japan after Germany’s surrender.
Into Germany (February 8 – May 8) The Western Allies push through into the heart of Germany from the west and the Soviets capture Vienna and Eastern Germany.
Roosevelt dies (April 12, 1945) US president Roosevelt dies and is succeeded by Harry Truman.
Allies meet (April 25, 1945) American and Soviet troops link up on the Elbe River.
The Battle of Berlin (April 16 – May 2, 1945) Soviet forces encircle and capture Berlin after a fortnight of house-to-house fighting.
Mussolini killed (April 28, 1945) The Italian dictator and his mistress Clara Petacci are captured and executed by Italian partisans while attempting to flee the country to Switzerland.
Hitler dies and Reichstag captured (April 30, 1945) Hitler and his newly wedded wife Eva Braun commit suicide in a bunker beneath Berlin. Soviet troops storm the Reichstag, the German parliament building in the German capital, marking the defeat of the Third Reich.
Victory in Europe Day (May 8, 1945) The Allies formerly accept the surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Celebrations break out across the western world.
The page Timeline of World War 2 part two was written by S. Anderson, 2011. Last updated 2011.
• Warsaw ghetto uprising commons.wikimedia.org
• US troops in Salerno ww2db.com from the United States National Archives, ID code USA C-175
• Tehran Conference commons.wikimedia.org
• D-Day wikipedia.org
• Female Soviet sniper wikipedia.org
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