Use this interactive timeline to follow the events of the war (including those preceding it), date by date — starting with Adolf Hitler’s rise to power as leader of Germany’s National Socialist (Nazi) Party in 1921.
Click on a year. A colored box will appear with a date and the details of that date’s event. The colors correspond to the legend in the top right corner of the timeline. If there are entries for numerous events over the course of that year, the months featuring events will appear in bold under the list of years across the top. Click on a month for event listings.