The Second World War raged across Europe, Africa, and Asia throughout the years of 1939-1945. The WartimeNI timeline lists some of the major events from the conflict and details their connections to Northern Ireland.
1940 saw the fall of France, meaning that Ulster was within reach of Luftwaffe bombers. Many personnel from Ireland and Northern Ireland saw action fighting in the rear-guard during the evacuation from Dunkirk. Later, the Battle of Britain would dominate the skies.
April and May 1941 brough war to the skies over Belfast, Co. Antrim as the Luftwaffe attacked the city in what would become known as The Belfast Blitz.
The year 1944 was a turning point in the timeline of the Second World War. The Allied invasion of Normandy was a pivotal moment. Much of the planning and training had taken place in Northern Ireland.
As the war in Europe drew to an end, activity in Northern Ireland continued. Thousands of young Belgian men arrived in Ulster to train as the new Belgian Army.