World War 2 timeline

  • Port Chicago Disaster

    The Port Chicago disaster was a deadly munitions explosion that occurred on July 17, 1944, at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Port Chicago,... Read more

  • Lublin–Brest Offensive Begins

    The Lublin–Brest Offensive (Russian: Люблин‐Брестская наступательная операция, 18 July – 2 August 1944) was a part of the Operation Bagration... Read more

  • Liberation of Caen

    On 18 July 942 Allied bombers and fighters attacked five villages on the eastern end of Caen in order to facilitate Operation Goodwood. The attacks... Read more

  • Operation Atlantic

    Operation Atlantic was a Canadian offensive during the Battle of Normandy; launched in conjunction with Operation Goodwood, from July 18–20, 1944.... Read more

  • Operation Goodwood

    Operation Goodwood was an attack launched on 18 July 1944, during the Second World War, by the British army to the east of the city of Caen.... Read more

  • Battle of Verrières Ridge

    The Battle of Verrières Ridge was a series of engagements fought as part of the Battle of Normandy, in western France, during the Second World War.... Read more

  • Second Battle of Guam

    The Second Battle of Guam (July 21 — August 8, 1944) was the American capture of the Japanese held island of Guam (in the Mariana Islands) during... Read more

  • Battle of Tinian

    The Battle of Tinian was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Tinian in the Mariana Islands from 24 July 1944... Read more

  • Operation Spring

    Operation Spring was an offensive operation conducted by II Canadian Corps during the Normandy campaign. The plan was intended to create pressure... Read more

  • Battle of Tannenberg Line

    The Battle of Tannenberg Line was a campaign between the German the army detachment "Narwa" and the Soviet Leningrad Front fought for the... Read more

  • Operation Cobra

    Operation Cobra was the codename for an offensive launched by the First United States Army eight weeks after the D-Day landings, during the... Read more

  • Kaunas Offensive

    On 28 July the forces of the Front went over to the offensive, and by the end of 29 July they had advanced 5–17 km. By July 30 the German... Read more

  • Operation Bluecoat

    Operation Bluecoat was an attack by the British Second Army at the Battle of Normandy during World War II, from 30 July 1944 to 7 August 1944. The... Read more

  • W-hour Marks Beginning of the Warsaw Uprising

    After days of hesitation, at 17:00 on 31 July, the Polish headquarters scheduled "W-hour" (from the Polish wybuch, "explosion"; also wolność,... Read more

  • Warsaw Uprising Reaches Apogee

    The uprising was intended to last a few days until Soviet forces arrived; however, this never happened, and the Polish forces had to fight with... Read more

  • Wola Massacre

    The Wola massacre (Polish: Rzeź Woli, "Wola slaughter") (August 5-August 8, 1944 in Wola, Warsaw) was the scene of the largest single massacre in... Read more

  • Nazis Begin Evacuation of Kaiserwald Concentration Camp Preceding Arrival of Soviet Forces

    On August 6, 1944, as the Red Army advanced westwards and entered Latvia, the Germans began to evacuate the inmates of Kaiserwald to Stutthof, in... Read more

  • Osovets Offensive

    The offensive commenced after the 2nd Belorussian Front had successfully taken Grodno and Bialystok in the Belostock Offensive. The Front was... Read more

  • Germans Launch Counterattack Near American Positions Near Mortain, France

    Operation Lüttich was a codename given to a German counterattack during the Battle of Normandy, which took place around the American positions near... Read more

  • Operation Totalize

    Operation Totalize (also referred to as "Operation Totalise" in some more recent British sources) was an offensive launched by Allied troops of the... Read more

  • Imperial Japanese Army Captures Hengyang

    The Battle of Hengyang was the longest defense of a single city of the entire Second Sino-Japanese War. When Changsha fell to the Imperial Japanese... Read more

  • Intense Fighting Breaks Out in Warsaw's Old Town During the Warsaw Uprising

    Despite the loss of Wola, the Polish resistance stiffened. Zośka and Wacek battalions managed to capture the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto and... Read more

  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. is Killed While Serving in World War 2

    Operation Aphrodite was a series of bombing runs by explosive-laden aircraft piloted by a skeleton crew who would parachute from the aircraft... Read more

  • Operation Tractable

    Operation Tractable was the final Canadian–Polish offensive to take place during the Battle of Normandy. Its aim was to capture the strategically... Read more

  • Allied Forces Invade Southern France through Operation Dragoon

    The assault troops were formed of three American divisions of the VI Corps, reinforced with the French 5th Armoured Division, all under the command... Read more