WWII Timeline

Follow the WartimeNI WWII timeline from 1939-45. Northern Ireland played a part in key events like the Battle of the Atlantic, Battle of Britain and D-Day.

The Second World War raged across Europe, Africa, and Asia throughout the years of 1939-1945. The WartimeNI WWII Timeline lists some of the major events from the conflict and details their connections to Northern Ireland.

1940

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.

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The Dunkirk Evacuation

Christopher Nolan's 2017 blockbuster told the story of the Dunkirk evacuation to a whole new generation. Many of those evacuated were from Northern Ireland.

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Remembering the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over the United Kingdom in 1940. Of those Churchill called "The Few", twenty-eight came from Northern Ireland.

1941

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.

1944

The year 1944 was a turning point in the timeline of World War Two. The Allied invasion of Normandy was a pivotal moment. Much of the planning and training had taken place in Northern Ireland.

1945

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.

Remembering the Fallen

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The Polish Airmen in Northern Ireland

The Polish Airmen who served with the Royal Air Force during World War Two were some of the most fearless and talented men to take to the skies over Europe.

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ANZAC Forces in Northern Ireland

Members of ANZAC forces from Australia and New Zealand served throughout Northern Ireland during World War Two particularly alongside the Royal Air Force.

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American GIs in Northern Ireland

American GIs officially arrived in Northern Ireland in 1942. Private Milburn H Henke set foot on Dufferin Dock, Belfast on 26th January and the story began.