War Begins. In the early hours of Friday, September 1, 1939, the German armies stormed across the Polish frontierwithout a declaration of war. The Free City of Danzig (the presentday city of Gdansk, Poland, which was then an independent territory) was proclaimed a German city by Nazi agitators in the city. Two days later Great Britain and France declared war on Germany.Important dates in Europe and northern Africa: 1939-1942
World War II ended in 1945 with Nazi Germany and Japan being defeated. V-E Day was celebrated on May 8, 1945, after German forces officially surrendered to the Allies. Follow the events of World War II and the surrender of Nazi Germany and Japan.
This World War II timeline highlights important dates from February to June 1943. During this time, victory in northern Africa set the stage for the Allies to begin bombing of Italy. Follow the events of World War II and the Axis and Allied campaigns.