|Invasion of Czechoslovakia|
|Date:||September 1, 1939 – May 8th, 1946|
|German Invasion of Poland|
|Result:||Decisive Axis victory
Course of the War
War Breaks Out
On September 1st, 1939, Hitler attacked Poland.
Fall of Europe
On June 22nd, 1941, over three million Axis troops, from Germany, Hungary, Romania and Finland, invaded the Soviet Union.
On December 7 (December 8 in Asian time zones), 1941, the Empire of Japan attacked British and American holdings with near-simultaneous offensives against Southeast Asia and the Central Pacific. These included an attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, sinking an aircraft carrier, the Yorktown, and three battleships, and landings in Thailand and Malaya.
Malta and Crusader
Main article: Operation Herkules
With the Afrika Corps stalled outside Tobruk, and the Axis supply lines taking a hammering from aircraft based on Malta, a plan was desperately needed to deal with the threat of Malta. The concept of a full-scale aerial invasion from at least two airborne divisions was approved at a meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini on 29 April - 30 April 1942. By this point a hastily-led British counteroffensive called Operation Crusader had succeeded at throwing back the German tide, and so Hercules was brought forward, to July 17th, 1942.
Victory in the East
Fall of the Middle East
Main article: Battle of El Alamain
With the fall of Malta, the route was open for re-enforcements to join the Afrika Corps. the 7th and 10th Panzer Divisions, fresh from the eastern front, were now transported to North Africas, to ofset the reversal caused by Operation Crusader.
Victory in the Atlantic
The Atlantic war was in stalemate. the U-Boats had taken serious losses, but the Allied convoys were also being hurt. the allies were developing newer, more efficient anti-Submarine technology, which they planned to enter service in mid-1944.
Victory in Europe (VE) Day
The American Evacuation of Britain
The Pacific, the final stages
Olympic and the End of the War
Main article: Operation Olympic