Greetings, history lovers!
The Second World War was a vast, complicated conflict. Keeping track of even the major names, places, and events involved can be a daunting task.
Alongside researching for my historical fiction writing, I’ve been working on a series of articles outlining a basic chronology of World War II- boiling down major events into manageable pieces.
As these posts are mixed in with all of the others on my blog, I’ve set up this page to better organize them.
Following are links to the topics I’ve covered, in chronological order. Hopefully, the list will keep growing!
For other history tidbits on this era, see my ‘World War 2’ category on my blog’s side bar.
Many thanks for visiting!
The Early Days of the War
Description: German troops sweep through Europe, conquering or expelling the Allied forces.
Description: The RAF pilots of the British isles struggle to defend their home against German planes.
Description: German bombing raids target British cities.
Description: Italy seeks to expand its influence in the world, and clashes with Allied forces in North Africa, Yugoslavia and Greece.
Description: British forces clash with “the Desert Fox”- Irwin Rommel- and his tanks in North Africa.
Description: In spite of previous agreements, German forces invade Russia.
Pearl Harbor and Afterwards
Description: The Empire of Japan launches a surprise attack against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and other Allied locations. The United States officially enters WWII.
Description: U.S. troops travel to Great Britain, and learn how to work with their Allies.
Description: Japanese forces sweep through the “impregnable” fortress of Singapore and take American and Filipino troops captive on the Bataan Peninsula.
Description: American forces plan and execute a bombing raid against Japan’s mainland.
Description: The first major U.S. naval engagement with Japan in WWII.
The War in Alaska
Description: Japan invades North America- through Alaska. (Though it may have been partially a diversion.)
Description: The continuing story of the only WWII battles on U.S. mainland soil.
The Battle of Midway
Description: Six months after Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces plan to attack and occupy America’s Midway Atoll. U.S. forces are aware of the plan, and plan to surprise them. The Marines on Midway defend the Atoll.
Description: Airplanes from U.S. aircraft carriers the Hornet, Enterprise, and Yorktown go up against the Japanese fleet near Midway Atoll.
Description: While the American fleet comes out victorious, it suffers the loss of one of its carriers.