Weird War II
History of the war
September 1, 1939 – Germany Invades Poland
September 3, 1939 – With the expiration of a deadline of German withdrawal from Poland, Britain declares war on Germany
France declares war on Germany
Australia, India and New Zealand declare war on Germany
September 4, 1939 – Japan announces its neutrality in the European situation
September 5, 1939 – US publicly declares neutrality
September 16, 1939 – French complete retreat from the Saar offensive
September 28, 1939 – Poland surrenders
September 30, 1939 – French forces on the French-German border fall back to the Maginot Line in anticipation of a German invasion
October 27, 1939 – Belgium announces neutrality
November 30, 1939 – Soviet Union attacks Finland after Finland refused to give a portion of their country to Soviet Union
December 7, 1939 – Italy declares its neutrality, Norway, Sweden and Denmark also proclaim neutrality in Russo-Finnish quarrel
March 12, 1940 – Finland signs peace treaty with the Soviet Union after 105 days of conflict. The Finns are forced to give up significant territory
June 10, 1940 – Italy declares war on France and UK, Norway surrenders
June 13, 1940 – Paris occupied by German troops
June 22 – 24, 1940 – French sign armistice with Germans then Italians
June 25, 1940 – Phillipe Petain as French Prime Minister officially surrenders to Germany
June 28, 1940 – General De Gaulle recognized by British as leader of Free French
July 1, 1940 – French government moves to Vichy
July 3, 1940 – British attack and destroy French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria
July 18, 1940 – Vichy French Air Force bombs British held Gibraltar in response to Mers-el-Kebir
August 2, 1940 – General Charles de Gaulle sentenced to death in absentia by the French military court
September 9, 1940 – Italian colonial forces in Libya launch invasion of Egypt.
September 16, 1940 – peacetime conscription introduced in United States for the first time in US history, registration to begin in 1 month
November 5, 1940 – Roosevelt wins third term in office
January 21, 1941 – British and Australian troops complete capture of Italian held Tobruk as part of Operation Compass
March 11, 1941 – FDR signs the Lend Lease Act allowing allied nations to purchase military equipment and to defer payment until after the war.
March 12, 1941 – German Panzer tanks arrive in North Africa providing heavy armor for the first major German offensive.
June 22, 1941 – Germany invades the Soviet Union with Operation Barbarossa
July 12, 1941 – Assistance Pact signed between the United Kingdom and the USSR.
August 1, 1941 – The US announces an oil embargo against “aggressors.”
September 4, 1941 – The USS Greer becomes the first United States warship fired upon by a German U-boat in the war, even though the United States is a neutral power. Tension heightens between the two nations as a result. The U.S. is now committed to convoy duties between the Western Hemisphere and Europe.
September 11, 1941 – FDRorders the United States Navy to shoot on sight if any ship or convoy is threatened.
December 7, 1941 – Japanese Fleet launches a sneak attack against Pearl Harbor
France begins a token offensive, moving into German territory
December 8, 1941 – FDR declares war on Japan
December 9, 1941 – French offensive stalls at the Warndt Forest after having advance approximately 8 miles
December 11, 1941 – Hitler and Mussolini declare war on the US, the US reciprocates
March 20, 1942 – Operation Outward begins, a program to attack Germany by means of free-flying balloons.
March 28, 1942 – British commandos launch Operation Chariot, a raid on the port of St. Nazaire, France. HMS Campbeltown, filled with explosives on a time-delay fuse, rams the dock gates and commandos destroy other parts of the naval service area.
July 4, 1942 – First air missions by American Air Force in Europe.
July 12, 1942 – 1st Division, 16th reg. , 2nd batt. arrive in Britain
Aug 8, 1942 – Rest of 1st Division arrive in Britain
August 14, 1942 -First US Army Air Forces B-17 heavy bomber raid in Europe, targeting the Sotteville railroad yards at Rouen, France.
Character’s Personal History of the War
October 25th, 1942 – First Infantry Division leaves Scotland enroute to Algeria
Sunday November 8th, 1942 – First Infantry Division along with support elements land in and around the city of Oran, other divisions and regiments are known to have taken part in other beach invasions in North Africa.
November 8th, 1942 – 1st bat. and 2nd bat. of the 16th Regiment are sent to Demesne to take the city.