World War II Timeline
September 1939: Germany invades Poland, starting World War II. Britain and France declare war on Germany.
April 1940: Germany invades Norway and Denmark.
May 1940: Germany invades Belgium and the Netherlands.
July 1940: Germany begins bombing Britain.
June 1941: Germany invades the Soviet Union.
December 1941: Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The U.S. declares war on Japan.
February 1942: Japan captures Singapore.
May 1942: Japan captures the Philippines and Burma.
June 1942: The tide turns — the Allies defeat Japan in the Battle of Midway.
February 1943: German troops surrender in Stalingrad, USSR.
May 1943: Axis troops in northern Africa surrender.
September 1943: Italy surrenders.
November 1943: U.S. forces invade Tarawa.
June 1944: D-day: Allied troops land in France and begin invasion.
October 1944: Japan's navy is defeated near the Philippines.
December 1944: Germans fight back in Battle of the Bulge.
March 1945: Allied troops capture Iwo Jima.
May 1945: Germany surrenders, ending World War II in Europe.
August 1945: Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
September 1945: Japan signs surrender agreement, ending war.