Time Label: 1940

10 July – 31 October 1940

During the Battle of Britain the German air force, the Luftwaffe, tries and fails to dominate the British Royal Air Force (RAF). The RAF’s defeat would have enabled the Germans…

7 September 1940 – 11 May 1941

Unable to launch an invasion by sea, Germany conducts the Blitz – a series of heavy bombing attacks on Britain’s cities.

26 May – 4 June 1940

Thousands of British and some French troops are evacuated back to the UK from Dunkirk and other ports.

10 May 1940

German invasion of France, Belgium, Holland, Norway and Denmark. These countries are rapidly defeated by Germany after offensives known as ‘Blitzkrieg’, meaning ‘lightning war’, due to the speed of the…