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  • Jan 17 - The first German Enigma messages are decoded by British intelligence
  • Mar 12 - Russia-Finland war ends. It convinces Hitler that the Russian military is ineffective.
  • Apr 8 - Germany invades Denmark and Norway.
  • Apr 14 - British forces land in Narvik, Norway, but leave in 10 days
  • May 10 - Germany invades France, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg. Winston Churchill becomes Britain's prime minister.
  • May 20 - German forces reach the British Channel.
  • May 27 - Evacuation of British and French forces to Britain at Dunkirk begins.
  • Jun 4 - The evacuation at Dunkirk ends. 338,000 troops were rescued. Churchill declares that Britain will never surrender.
  • Jun 9- Norway surrenders
  • Jun 10 - Italy declares war on the collapsing France and on Britain.
  • Jun 14 - German troops march into Paris
  • Jun 18 - Russia invades Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
  • Jun 22 - France surrenders
  • Jun 27 - Russia annexes the eastern regions of Romania.
  • Jul 1 - Germany invades the British Channel islands.
  • Jul 10 - The Battle of Britain air campaign begins.
  • Jul 18 - Churchill declares this is Britain's finest hour.
  • Aug 8 - The Luftwaffe begins to bomb British early warning radars
  • Aug 15 - The Luftwaffe loses 76 aircraft in one day
  • Aug 25 - British night bombers bomb Berlin
  • Sep 3 - Hitler changes the Luftwaffe's objective from destroying the Royal Air Force to bombing London. This allows the R.A.F to recover and win the battle of Britain.
  • Sep 13 - Italy invades British-held Egypt from Libya, the North African campaign begins.
  • Sep 15 - The largest Luftwaffe daytime bombardment, it loses 56 aircraft
  • Sep 27 - Japan joins The Axis
  • Oct 7 - German troops enter their Ally Romania, Germany's only source of oil which is threatened by Russia
  • Oct 12 - Hitler cancels the invasion of Britain.
  • Oct 23 - Spain rejects Hitler's offer to join the war and remains neutral.
  • Oct 28 - Italy invades Greece from Albania, but stopped, twice.
  • Nov 11 - British carrier aircraft sink Italian fleet in Taranto's harbor. Yamamoto in Japan is impressed by their success.
  • Nov 20 - Hungary and Romania, both military dictatorships, join The Axis.
  • Dec 9 - British forces in Egypt counter attack the Italians and advance along the Libyan coast

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