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Adolf Hitler salutes his troops as they march towards Poland

1 September
1939: Germany invades Poland
German forces attack Poland across all frontiers and its planes bomb Polish cities, including the capital, Warsaw - Britain and France prepare to declare war.


Neville Chamberlain in recording studio

3 September
1939: Britain and France declare war on Germany
Britain and France are at war with Germany following the invasion of Poland two days ago.


Winston Churchill (c), Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood, (l), Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden (r)

10 May
1940: Churchill takes helm as Germans advance
German forces invade the Low Countries by air and land, while in London, Chamberlain is replaced by Churchill.


Troops board ship at Dunkirk

4 June
1940: Dunkirk rescue is over - Churchill defiant
As the last Allied soldier leaves Dunkirk, the British Prime Minister vows his forces "shall never surrender".


German soldiers parade through the Place de la Concorde

14 June
1940: German troops enter Paris
German troops march into Paris forcing French and allied troops to retreat.


World War II


10 Jul
1940: Luftwaffe launches Battle of Britain

07 Sep
1940: London blitzed by German bombers

15 Sep
1940: Victory for RAF in Battle of Britain

15 Nov
1940: Germans bomb Coventry to destruction

22 Jun
1941: Hitler invades the Soviet Union

14 Aug
1941: Secret meetings seal US-Britain alliance

07 Dec
1941: Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor

11 Dec
1941: Germany and Italy declare war on US

15 Feb
1942: Singapore forced to surrender

15 Apr
1942: Malta gets George Cross for bravery

07 Jun
1942: Japanese beaten in Battle of Midway

19 Aug
1942: Allies launch daring raid on Dieppe

04 Nov
1942: Rommel goes on the run at El Alamein

01 Dec
1942: Beveridge lays welfare foundations

17 Dec
1942: Britain condemns massacre of Jews

02 Feb
1943: Germans surrender at Stalingrad

16 May
1943: Germans crush Jewish uprising

17 May
1943: RAF raid smashes German dams

10 Jul
1943: Western Allies invade Sicily

25 Jul
1943: Italian dictator Mussolini quits

03 Sep
1943: Allied troops invade mainland Italy

08 Sep
1943: Italy's surrender announced

01 Dec
1943: Allies united after Tehran conference

27 Jan
1944: Leningrad siege ends after 900 days

18 May
1944: Monte Cassino falls to the Allies

05 Jun
1944: Celebrations as Rome is liberated

06 Jun
1944: D-Day marks start of Europe invasion

20 Jul
1944: Hitler survives assassination attempt

01 Aug
1944: Uprising to free Warsaw begins

25 Aug
1944: Paris is liberated as Germans surrender

17 Sep
1944: Airborne invasion of Holland begins

26 Sep
1944: Airborne troops retreat from Arnhem

03 Oct
1944: Poles surrender after Warsaw uprising

17 Dec
1944: Germany counter-attacks in Ardennes

27 Jan
1945: Auschwitz death camp liberated

07 Feb
1945: Black Sea talks plan defeat of Germany

14 Feb
1945: Thousands of bombs destroy Dresden

23 Feb
1945: US flag raised over Iwo Jima

15 Apr
1945: British troops liberate Bergen-Belsen

21 Apr
1945: Red Army enters outskirts of Berlin

27 Apr
1945: Russians and Americans link at Elbe

28 Apr
1945: Italian partisans kill Mussolini

01 May
1945: Germany announces Hitler is dead

07 May
1945: Germany signs unconditional surrender

08 May
1945: Rejoicing at end of war in Europe

21 Jun
1945: US troops take Okinawa

16 Jul
1945: Allied leaders gather at Potsdam

26 Jul
1945: Churchill loses general election

06 Aug
1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

09 Aug
1945: Atom bomb hits Nagasaki

15 Aug
1945: Allied nations celebrate VJ Day

02 Sep
1945: Japan signs unconditional surrender

24 Oct
1945: United Nations Organisation is born

20 Nov
1945: Nuremberg trial of Nazis begins

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