Timeline of World War II

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This is a list of timelines of events over the period of World War II, as well as the prelude to the war.

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Polish contribution to World War II

The European theatre of World War II opened with the German invasion of Poland on Friday September 1, 1939, which was then followed by the Soviet invasion of Poland on September 17, 1939. The Polish Army was defeated after approximately a month of fighting. Poland never officially capitulated. After Poland had been overrun, a government-in-exile, armed forces, and an intelligence service were established outside of Poland. These organizations contributed to the Allied effort throughout the war. The Polish Army was recreated in the West, as well as in the East.

Eastern Front (World War II) 1941-1945 World War II theater

The Eastern Front of World War II was a theatre of conflict between the European Axis powers and co-belligerent Finland against the Soviet Union (USSR), Poland and other Allies, which encompassed Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Northeast Europe (Baltics), and Southeast Europe (Balkans) from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945. It has been known as the Great Patriotic War in the former Soviet Union and modern Russia, while in Germany it was called the Eastern Front, or the German-Soviet War by outside parties.

Western Front (World War II) military theatre of World War II encompassing Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany

The Western Front was a military theatre of World War II encompassing Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany. World War II military engagements in Southern Europe and elsewhere are generally considered under separate headings. The Western Front was marked by two phases of large-scale combat operations. The first phase saw the capitulation of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France during May and June 1940 after their defeat in the Low Countries and the northern half of France, and continued into an air war between Germany and Britain that climaxed with the Battle of Britain. The second phase consisted of large-scale ground combat, which began in June 1944 with the Allied landings in Normandy and continued until the defeat of Germany in May 1945.

Netherlands in World War II involvement of the Netherlands in World War II

Despite being neutral, the Netherlands in World War II was invaded by Nazi Germany on 10 May 1940, as part of Fall Gelb. On 15 May 1940, one day after the bombing of Rotterdam, the Dutch forces surrendered. The Dutch government and the royal family saved themselves by going to London. Princess Juliana and her children moved on to Canada for additional safety.

World War II by country Wikimedia list article

Nearly every country and territory in the world participated in World War II. Most were neutral at the beginning, but only a few nations remained neutral to the end. The Second World War pitted two alliances against each other, the Axis powers and the Allied powers; the U.S having served 16 million men, Germany serving 13 million, the Soviet Union serving 35 million and Japan serving 6 million. With millions serving in other countries, an estimated 300 million soldiers saw combat. A total of 72 million people died with the lowest estimate being 40 million dead and the highest estimate being 120 million dead. The leading Axis powers were Nazi Germany, the Kingdom of Italy and the Empire of Japan; while the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union and China to an extent were the "Big Four" Allied powers.

Timeline of the United Kingdom home front during World War II List of activities of the civilian population of the United Kingdom during World War II

This is a Timeline of the United Kingdom home front during World War II covering Britain 1939–45. For a brief narrative see United Kingdom home front during World War II, as well as History of Scotland#Second World War 1939-45 and History of Northern Ireland#Second World War. For the military story see Military history of the United Kingdom during World War II for foreign affairs, Diplomatic history of World War II,. For the government see Timeline of the first premiership of Winston Churchill. For a narrative history and bibliography of the home front see United Kingdom home front during World War II.

Battle Honours are awarded by the Sovereign to Royal Air Force squadrons to commemorate the squadron's role in a particular operation.

Allies of World War II Grouping of the victorious countries of World War II

The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.

York and Lancaster Regiment Former line infantry regiment of the British Army

The York and Lancaster Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until 1968. The regiment was created in the Childers Reforms of 1881 by the amalgamation of the 65th Regiment of Foot and the 84th Regiment of Foot. The regiment saw service in many small conflicts and both World War I and World War II until 1968, when the regiment chose to be disbanded rather than amalgamated with another regiment, one of only two infantry regiments in the British Army to do so, with the other being the Cameronians.

Within nations occupied by the Axis powers in World War II, some citizens and organizations, prompted by nationalism, ethnic hatred, anti-communism, antisemitism, opportunism, self-defense, or often a combination, knowingly collaborated with the Axis Powers. Some of these collaborators committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, or atrocities of the Holocaust.

Allied leaders of World War II Leaders that has power in the allied states

The Allied leaders of World War II listed below comprise the important political and military figures who fought for or supported the Allies during World War II. Engaged in total war, they had to adapt to new types of modern warfare, on the military, psychological and economic fronts.

Axis leaders of World War II Overview Article of the Wikipedia

The Axis leaders of World War II were important political and military figures during World War II. The Axis was established with the signing of the Tripartite Pact in 1940 and pursued a strongly militarist and nationalist ideology; with a policy of anti-communism. During the early phase of the war, puppet governments were established in their occupied nations. When the war ended, many of them faced trial for war crimes. The chief leaders were Adolf Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussolini of Italy, and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. Unlike what happened with the Allies, there was never a joint meeting of the main Axis heads of government, although Mussolini and Adolf Hitler did meet on a regular basis.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to World War II:

This is an Index of World War II articles, that can be found on Wikipedia.

  1. La Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945
  2. La Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Déportation
  3. La Liberation de Paris
  4. Lack of outside support in the Warsaw Uprising
  5. Lamason, Phil
  6. Landing Operation on Hainan Island
  7. Landing Ship, Tank
  8. Landing Vehicle Tracked
  9. Language of Nazi concentration camps
  10. Lapland War
  11. Last will and testament of Adolf Hitler
  12. Latvian Legion
  13. Latvian resistance movement
  14. Laws against Holocaust denial
  15. Lead up to the Warsaw Uprising
  16. Leadership ranks of the Sturmabteilung
  17. League of German Girls
  18. Lebensborn
  19. Lebensraum
  20. Legal purge in Norway after World War II
  21. Legion of French Volunteers Against Bolshevism
  22. Legionnaires' rebellion and Bucharest pogrom
  23. Leni Riefenstahl
  24. Leningrad Front
  25. Leningrad People's Opolcheniye Army
  26. Leopold III of Belgium
  27. Letters from Iwo Jima
  28. Lexington-class aircraft carrier
  29. Liberation Front of the Slovenian People
  30. Liberation of Arnhem
  31. Liberation of Paris
  32. Liberty ship
  33. Lichtenburg
  34. Lieutenant Hubert Gruber
  35. Lili Marleen
  36. List of Adolf Hitler books
  37. List of Adolf Hitler speeches
  38. List of air operations of the Battle of Europe
  39. List of aircraft engines in use by Japan during World War II
  40. List of Aircraft engines in use of Japanese Army Air Force
  41. List of aircraft engines of Germany during World War Two
  42. List of Aircraft engines used by Japanese Navy Air Service
  43. List of aircraft of Italy, World War II
  44. List of aircraft of Japan, World War II
  45. List of aircraft of Russia, World War II
  46. List of aircraft of the French Air Force during World War II
  47. List of aircraft of the British, World War II
  48. List of aircraft of the Japanese Navy
  49. List of aircraft of the Luftwaffe, World War II
  50. List of aircraft of the U.S. military, World War II
  51. List of aircraft of World War II
  52. List of Allied forces in the Normandy Campaign
  53. List of Allied propaganda films of World War II
  54. List of Allied ships at the Japanese surrender
  55. List of Allied traitors during World War Two
  56. List of Allied warships in the Normandy Landings
  57. List of armour used by the Imperial Japanese Army in the Second Sino-Japanese War
  58. List of armoured fighting vehicles of World War II
  59. List of artillery weapons of the Imperial Japanese Navy
  60. List of Australian divisions in World War II
  61. List of Australian divisions in WWII
  62. List of Axis war criminals
  63. List of B-29 Superfortress operators
  64. List of basic World War II topics
  65. List of battleships of Japan
  66. List of Bombs in use by Imperial Japanese Army
  67. List of British armies in World War I
  68. List of British armies in WWII
  69. List of British divisions in WWII
  70. List of British Empire divisions in World War II
  71. List of broadsides of major World War II ships
  72. List of Brothers in Arms characters
  73. List of Canadian divisions in World War II
  74. List of Canadian divisions in WWII
  75. List of Coastal Batteries in Australia and Territories during World War II
  76. List of common World War II infantry weapons
  77. List of component units of British 1st (African) Division
  78. List of component units of British 1st Armoured Division
  79. List of component units of British 1st Infantry Division
  80. List of component units of Fighter Command
  81. List of composers influenced by the Holocaust
  82. List of cruiser classes of the Imperial Japanese Navy
  83. List of demolished entertainment venues in Paris
  84. List of diplomatic missions during World War II
  85. List of Eastern Fleet ships
  86. List of engines and weapons used on Japanese tanks during World War II
  87. List of escort aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy
  88. List of Female SOE Agents
  89. List of films about Anne Frank
  90. List of films based on war books — 1927–1945
  91. List of Finnish armies in WWII
  92. List of Finnish corps in the Continuation War
  93. List of Finnish corps in the Winter War
  94. List of Finnish divisions in the Continuation War
  95. List of Finnish divisions in the Winter War
  96. List of Flower-class corvettes
  97. List of foreign aircraft tested by Japanese forces from 1930s to WW2
  98. List of foreign recipients of the Knight's Cross
  99. List of foreign vehicles used by Nazi Germany in World War II
  100. List of Gaue of Nazi Germany
  101. List of Gauleiters
  102. List of German Army Groups in WWII
  103. List of German concentration camps
  104. List of German corps in WWII
  105. List of German divisions in World War II
  106. List of German divisions in World War II
  107. List of German military units of World War II
  108. List of German World War II jet aces
  109. List of German World War II night fighter aces
  110. List of Hawker Hurricane operators
  111. List of helicopters used in World War II
  112. List of Holocaust films
  113. List of Holocaust survivors
  114. List of IJA Independent Mixed Brigades
  115. List of IJA Mixed Brigades
  116. List of Imperial Japanese Navy admirals
  117. List of Indian corps in WWII
  118. List of Indian divisions in WWII
  119. List of individuals in the Warsaw Uprising
  120. List of infantry weapons of the Imperial Japanese Navy
  121. List of Italian divisions in WWII
  122. List of Japanese-run internment camps during World War II
  123. List of Japanese aircraft in use during the Second Sino-Japanese War
  124. List of Japanese armored divisions
  125. List of Japanese Army military engineer vehicles of World War II
  126. List of Japanese Auxiliary Cruiser Commerce Raiders
  127. List of Japanese campaigns of the Second Sino-Japanese War
  128. List of Japanese dreadnought battleships
  129. List of Japanese government and military commanders of World War II
  130. List of Japanese HEAT Shells in WW2
  131. List of Japanese hell ships
  132. List of Japanese Infantry Divisions
  133. List of Japanese infantry weapons used in the Second-Sino Japanese War
  134. List of Japanese military detachments in World War II
  135. List of Japanese military equipment of World War II
  136. List of Japanese Mixed Brigades
  137. List of Japanese nationalist movements and parties
  138. List of Japanese naval commanders
  139. List of Japanese Navy Air Force aces
  140. List of Japanese Navy ships and war vessels in World War II
  141. List of Japanese steam battleships
  142. List of Japanese tanks and armoured vehicles of the WWII period
  143. List of Japanese trainer aircraft during World War II
  144. List of Japanese World War II explosives
  145. List of Japanese World War II military specialists on the USSR
  146. List of Japanese World War II navy bombs
  147. List of Japanese World War II radar
  148. List of Japanese WW2 Weapons
  149. List of jet aircraft of World War II
  150. List of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients: 1940
  151. List of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients: 1941
  152. List of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients: 1942
  153. List of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients: 1943
  154. List of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients: 1944
  155. List of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients: 1945
  156. List of Kriegsmarine ships
  157. List of leaders of Independent State of Croatia
  158. List of Liberty ships: A-F
  159. List of Liberty ships: G-L
  160. List of Liberty ships: M-R
  161. List of Liberty ships: S-Z
  162. List of Liberty ships
  163. List of limited service World War II combat vehicles
  164. List of living Knight’s Cross recipients
  165. List of Luftwaffe aircraft prototype projects during World War II
  166. List of Maginot Line ouvrages
  167. List of major U.S. Commands of World War II
  168. List of major World War II warships built by minor powers
  169. List of Mauthausen-Gusen inmates
  170. List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Battle of Iwo Jima
  171. List of Medal of Honor recipients for World War II
  172. List of Medal of Honor recipients: World War II
  173. List of members of the July 20 Plot
  174. List of military aircraft of Germany
  175. List of military engagements of World War II
  176. List of military equipment of the Canadian Army during the Second World War
  177. List of Military Operations in the West European Theater during WW2 by Year
  178. List of Military operations on the Eastern Front European Theater during WW2
  179. List of military operations on the Eastern Front of World War II
  180. List of military operations
  181. List of military units in the Warsaw Uprising
  182. List of military vehicles of World War II
  183. List of National Socialist publishers
  184. List of Naval and land based operations in Mediterranean Sea Area during WW2
  185. List of Naval and land based operations in Pacific Theater during WW2
  186. List of Nazi-German concentration camps
  187. List of Nazi Party leaders and officials
  188. List of networks and movements of the French Resistance
  189. List of New Zealand divisions in World War II
  190. List of North African Campaign Battles
  191. List of officers and commanders in the Battle of Stalingrad
  192. List of officers of the People's Liberation Army
  193. List of people involved with the French Resistance
  194. List of people who assisted Jews during the Holocaust
  195. List of Polish armies in World War II
  196. List of Polish armies in WWII
  197. List of Polish divisions in World War II
  198. List of Polish divisions in WWII
  199. List of posthumous publications of Holocaust victims
  200. List of POW camps in Australia
  201. List of POW camps in Britain
  202. List of POW camps in Canada
  203. List of POW camps in Italy
  204. List of POW camps in Japan
  205. List of POW camps in occupied Germany
  206. List of POW camps in the Soviet Union
  207. List of POW camps in the United States
  208. List of prisoner-of-war camps in Germany
  209. List of Pro-Axis Leaders and Governments or Direct Control in Occupied Territories
  210. List of prototype World War II combat vehicles
  211. List of prototype WWII combat vehicles
  212. List of Radars in use by Imperial Japanese Army
  213. List of Righteous Among the Nations by country
  214. List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons
  215. List of Second World War Victoria Cross recipients
  216. List of secondary and special-issue World War II infantry weapons
  217. List of ships of the Free French Naval Forces
  218. List of ships of the Japanese Navy
  219. List of ships sunk by Axis warships in Australian waters
  220. List of ships sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy
  221. List of SOE Agents
  222. List of SOE establishments
  223. List of South African Divisions in World War II
  224. List of Soviet Union divisions 1917–1945
  225. List of Special Operations Executive Operations in WW2
  226. List of SS personnel
  227. List of subcamps of Auschwitz
  228. List of subcamps of Buchenwald
  229. List of subcamps of Dachau
  230. List of subcamps of Flossenbürg
  231. List of subcamps of Gross-Rosen
  232. List of subcamps of Herzogenbusch
  233. List of subcamps of Kraków-Płaszów
  234. List of subcamps of Mauthausen
  235. List of subcamps of Mittelbau
  236. List of subcamps of Natzweiler-Struthof
  237. List of subcamps of Neuengamme
  238. List of subcamps of Ravensbrück
  239. List of subcamps of Sachsenhausen
  240. List of subcamps of Stutthof
  241. List of successful U-boat commanders
  242. List of tanks and armoured vehicles of the Imperial Japanese Navy
  243. List of territories occupied by Imperial Japan
  244. List of the 108 Martyrs of World War Two
  245. List of theaters and campaigns of World War II
  246. List of U-boat aces
  247. List of U-boats never deployed
  248. List of undersea-carried planes during World War II
  249. List of uniforms and clothing of WWII
  250. List of United States Army Air Forces Air Force Component Commands
  251. List of United States Army divisions during World War II
  252. List of United States Navy escort aircraft carriers
  253. List of United States Navy losses in World War II
  254. List of United States Navy ships present at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
  255. List of units using the B-26 Marauder during World War II
  256. List of V-1 storage depots
  257. List of V-2 test launches
  258. List of Vichy France Air Aces
  259. List of victims of Nazism
  260. List of victims of the Babi Yar massacre
  261. List of Victory ships
  262. List of Waffen SS units
  263. List of war apology statements issued by Japan
  264. List of weapons of military aircraft of Germany during World War Two
  265. List of weapons of the Japanese Navy
  266. List of weapons of World War II Japanese aircraft
  267. List of weapons on Japanese combat aircraft
  268. List of World War II aces by country
  269. List of World War II aces from Australia
  270. List of World War II aces from Austria
  271. List of World War II aces from Belgium
  272. List of World War II aces from Bulgaria
  273. List of World War II aces from Canada
  274. List of World War II aces from China
  275. List of World War II aces from Croatia
  276. List of World War II aces from Czechoslovakia
  277. List of World War II aces from Denmark
  278. List of World War II aces from Finland
  279. List of World War II aces from France
  280. List of World War II aces from Germany
  281. List of World War II aces from Greece
  282. List of World War II aces from Hungary
  283. List of World War II aces from Italy
  284. List of World War II aces from Japan
  285. List of World War II aces from New Zealand
  286. List of World War II aces from Norway
  287. List of World War II aces from Poland
  288. List of World War II aces from Rhodesia
  289. List of World War II aces from Romania
  290. List of World War II aces from Slovakia
  291. List of World War II aces from South Africa
  292. List of World War II aces from Spain
  293. List of World War II aces from the Soviet Union
  294. List of World War II aces from the United Kingdom
  295. List of World War II aces from the United States
  296. List of World War II aces from United States
  297. List of World War II aces from Yugoslavia
  298. List of World War II air aces
  299. List of World War II artillery
  300. List of World War II Battles
  301. List of World War II battles
  302. List of World War II British naval radar
  303. List of World War II conferences
  304. List of World War II convoys
  305. List of World War II electronic warfare equipment
  306. List of World War II evacuations
  307. List of World War II films
  308. List of World War II firearms of Germany
  309. List of World War II firearms
  310. List of World War II flying aces from Romania
  311. List of World War II guided missiles of Germany
  312. List of World War II Infantry Anti-Tank Weapons of Germany
  313. List of World War II military aircraft of Germany
  314. List of World War II military equipment
  315. List of World War II military gliders
  316. List of World War II military operations
  317. List of World War II military units of Germany
  318. List of World War II military vehicles by country
  319. List of World War II military vehicles of Germany
  320. List of World War II POW camps
  321. List of World War II ship classes
  322. List of World War II ships of less than 1000 tons
  323. List of World War II ships
  324. List of World War II torpedoes of Germany
  325. List of World War II video games
  326. List of World War II weapons of France
  327. List of World War II weapons of Germany
  328. List of World War II weapons of Italy
  329. List of World War II weapons of the Soviet Union
  330. List of World War II weapons of the United Kingdom
  331. List of World War II weapons of the United States
  332. List of World War II weapons
  333. List of WW2 Luftwaffe aircraft by manufacturer
  334. List of WWII POW camps in Kenya
  335. Lists of World War II topics
  336. Lithuanian 1941 independence
  337. Lithuanian Activist Front
  338. Lithuanian Security Police
  339. Lithuanian Territorial Defense Force
  340. Little Boy
  341. Liverpool Blitz
  342. Living with the enemy in the German-occupied Channel Islands
  343. Local Self-Defence in Lithuania during the Nazi German occupation (1941–1944)
  344. Lockheed Model 10 Electra
  345. Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar
  346. Lockheed P-38 Survivors
  347. Lom prisoner of war camp
  348. London and Paris Conferences
  349. London Can Take It!
  350. London Charter of the International Military Tribunal
  351. London Victory Parade of 1946
  352. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  353. Los Alamos National Security
  354. Los Alamos Primer
  355. Los Alamos Ranch School
  356. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  357. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  358. Losses during the Second Battle of the Atlantic
  359. Lost Battalion
  360. Lower Silesian Offensive Operation
  361. LSM-1-class landing ship medium
  362. Lublin-Brest Offensive Operation
  363. Lublin Army
  364. Lublin R-VIII
  365. Lublin R-XIII
  366. Luftflotte 1
  367. Luftflotte 2
  368. Luftflotte 3
  369. Luftflotte 4
  370. Luftflotte 5
  371. Luftflotte 6
  372. Luftflotte Reich
  373. Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment
  374. Luftstreitkräfte
  375. Luftvärnskanonvagn L-62 Anti II
  376. Luftwaffe Central (Weissrutenische) detachment
  377. Luftwaffe Commander
  378. Luftwaffe Field Division
  379. Luftwaffe Fliegerführer
  380. Luftwaffe Institute of Aviation Medicine
  381. Luftwaffe North (Ostland) detachment
  382. Luftwaffe Northern (Arctic) detachment(Luftflotte 5)(Finland-Norway)
  383. Luftwaffe Order of Battle August 1940
  384. Luftwaffe serviceable aircraft strengths (1940-1945)
  385. Luftwaffe Southern (Balkan-Ukraine) detachment
  386. Luftwaffe units before the 1939 invasion of Poland
  387. Luftwaffe
  388. Luftwaffen-Legion Lettland
  389. Luftwaffenhelfer
  390. Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr
  391. Luger P08 pistol
  392. Luxembourg in World War II
  393. Luxembourgish government-in-exile
  394. Luxembourgish Patriot League
  395. Luxembourgish Red Lion
  396. Luxembourg Resistance
  397. LVI Panzer Corps
  398. Lviv Civilian Massacre (1941)
  399. Lviv pogroms
  400. Lvov-Sandomierz Offensive
  401. Lwów Ghetto
  402. Lwów Uprising
  403. LXIV Corps (Germany)
  404. Léon Degrelle

This is a bibliographyof works on World War II.

A timeline of the Holocaust is detailed in the events listed below. Also referred to as the Shoah, the Holocaust was a genocide in which some six million European Jews were killed by Nazi Germany and its World War II collaborators. About 1.5 million of the victims were children. Two-thirds of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe were murdered. The following timeline has been compiled from a variety of sources including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.