The History of War (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 717

  • 1940-06-11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
  • 1940-06-17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France
  • 1940-08-07 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • 1940-10-07 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1940-10-29 Secretary of War Henry L Stimson drew 1st number-258-in 1st peacetime military draft in US history
  • 1940-11-16 World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • 1940-11-20 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers
  • 1940-12-22 World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
  • 1941-01-02 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1941-01-02 World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
  • 1941-01-10 World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.
  • 1941-01-16 War Department forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets

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1941-01-17 Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1941-03-02 World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
  • 1941-03-04 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
  • 1941-04-17 World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • 1941-06-22 Germany, Italy and Romania declare war on the Soviet Union
  • 1941-06-25 Finland declares war on Soviet Union
  • 1941-06-30 World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine.
  • 1941-07-07 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
  • 1941-07-13 World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).
  • 1941-09-17 World War II: A decree issued by the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch "Universal compulsory military training of the citizens of the USSR" in the face of the "Great Patriotic War"
  • 1941-10-27 Chicago Daily Tribune editorialize there will not be war with Japan
  • 1941-11-29 Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet
  • 1941-12-08 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
  • 1941-12-09 China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy
  • 1941-12-11 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
  • 1941-12-11 Germany & Italy declare war on USA
  • 1941-12-15 The American Federation of Labor adopts a no-strike policy in war industries.
  • 1941-12-17 World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.
  • 1941-12-20 World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • 1942-01-02 World War II: the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals
  • 1942-01-12 National War Labor Board created
  • 1942-01-13 Allied Conference on war trials
  • 1942-01-13 Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration
  • 1942-01-13 World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter
  • 1942-02-02 US auto factories switch from commercial to war production

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1942-02-08 Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1942-02-09 Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US

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1942-02-22 World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1942-03-29 Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city
  • 1942-05-10 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign
  • 1942-05-22 Mexico declares war on Nazi-Germany & Japan
  • 1942-06-05 USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania
  • 1942-06-13 The United States opens its Office of War Information, with Elmer Davis as head
  • 1942-06-23 World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales
  • 1942-07-18 Test flight of German Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jet engines for the first time.
  • 1942-07-23 World War II: Operation Edelweiss (a German plan to gain control over the Caucasus) begins.
  • 1942-08-21 World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
  • 1942-08-22 Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy

  • 1942-08-23 World War II: last cavalry charge in history takes place at Isbushenskij, Russia; the Italian Savoia Cavalleria charges Soviet infantry
  • 1942-08-27 Cuba declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy
  • 1942-09-12 Free-Poland & Belgium asks pope to condemn nazi-war crimes
  • 1942-11-12 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands (WWII)
  • 1942-11-15 World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
  • 1942-12-17 Allies in London sentence German war criminals

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1942-12-22 World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1943-02-09 FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry
  • 1943-02-14 World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.
  • 1943-02-16 World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov.
  • 1943-02-20 American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
  • 1943-03-14 World War II: Kraków Ghetto is "liquidated"
  • 1943-04-08 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.
  • 1943-04-30 Dutch strike against forced labor in Nazi Germany's war industry
  • 1943-05-17 World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams
  • 1943-05-27 US forbids racial discrimination in war industry
  • 1943-07-28 World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians
  • 1943-08-05 World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky.
  • 1943-09-17 World War II: Soviet city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazis.
  • 1943-10-13 Italy declares war on former Axis partner Germany
  • 1943-10-26 World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
  • 1943-10-31 World War II: F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1943-11-16 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944-01-03 World War II: Top Ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero.
  • 1944-01-22 Allied forces begin landing at Anzio on the Italian mainland
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
  • 1944-01-30 World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • 1944-02-02 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • 1944-02-03 World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • 1944-02-20 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers
  • 1944-02-21 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)
  • 1944-04-05 World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans
  • 1944-06-10 World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops.
  • 1944-06-19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1944-06-26 Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0
  • 1944-06-30 World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.
  • 1944-07-09 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan fell
  • 1944-07-25 World War II: Operation Spring - one of Canada's bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed
  • 1944-09-08 Russians march into Bulgaria; Bulgaria declares war on Germany
  • 1944-11-01 World War II: Units of the British Army land at Walcheren in the Netherlands.
  • 1944-11-19 World War II: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announces the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion USD in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
  • 1944-11-25 World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.
  • 1944-12-03 The Greek Civil War breaks out in a newly-liberated Greece, between communists and royalists
  • 1944-12-31 World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany.
  • 1945-01-12 The Soviets begin a large offensive against the Nazis in Eastern Europe

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1945-01-23 World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1945-02-14 World War II: Prague is bombed probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.
  • 1945-02-14 World War II: Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans.

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