|War Map: 1939/42|
High Lights of the War in Europe
(See also The War in the Pacific)
Germany invades Poland.
Britain and France declare war on Germany. Sept. 28
Soviet occupation of Eastern Poland. Baltic states forced to admit Soviet garrisons. Nov. 30
Russia invades Finland.
(Nov.30 - Mar.12, 1940)
Germany attacks France.
(see detail map)
(Germans attack through Belgium and the Netherlands)
May 26 - June 4
British evacuation from Dunkirk. June 10
Italy declares war on Britain and France. June 22
France surrenders to Germany. Aug. 8
Battle of Britain begins.
(London Blitz from Sept. 7 until May 11, 1941) Aug. 17
German U-Boat war begins. Sept.
Italian forces advance from Libya into Egypt. Oct. 28
Italy invades Greece from Albania. Greeks counterattack. Nov. 20
Hungary joins the Axis. Nov. 23
Romania joins the Axis.
Germany invades Russia.
Oct. 2 - Dec
Battle of Moscow. Dec. 6
Soviet counterattack begins.
(First defeat of German troops)