Timetable of the Second World War [Shop/Reception]

The Second World War in Berwick
📅 1 September 1939
Hitler of Germany 🇩🇪 invades Poland 🇵🇱
📅 3 September 1939
Britain 🇬🇧 and France 🇫🇷 declare war on Germany
📅 May 1940
Evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk allowing the allied forces to strengthen in their defences against Germany.
📅 25 July 1940
Battle of Britain was fought in the air above Britain until October. Any pilots shot down and lucky to escape injury were soon back in Spitfires and Hurricanes to have another go. It is of these pilots to whom Churchill referred in his quote, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
📅 7 September 1940 to 16 May 1941
Germans move from bombing RAF airfields to bomb towns and cities, it is called The Blitz. London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights. Over 43,000 civilians were killed in The Blitz and huge areas of property destroyed.
📅 7 December 1941
Japanese🇯🇵 aircraft attack US Pacific fleet at its base at Pearl Harbour. Over 2,500 Americans were killed and the following day US Congress declared war on Japan.
📅 11 December 1941
Hitler declared war on the United States🇺🇸 and it became a global war.
📅 February 1943
Beginning in August 1942 the battle for Stalingrad, Russia🇷🇺 was Hitler attempting a symbolic as well as tactical victory. Ultimately the German army was heavily defeated and from 91,000 troops who were captured only 6,000 returned to Germany after the war.
📅 6 June 1944
Known as Operation Overlord the invasion and liberation of north-west Europe began in June under the command of US General Dwight Eisenhower.
📅 8 May 1945
Germany surrenders, the war in Europe is over, remembered today as VE Day.
📅 6 August 1945
First atomic bomb to be used in a war was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Estimated to have killed 78,000 people and 90,000 seriously injured.
📅 9 August 1945
A second atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki resulting in a similar amount of death and destruction as seen in Hiroshima three days before.
📅 2 September 1945
Japanese surrender and VJ Day is now remembered.

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