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 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.
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.
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.
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.