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Jan 6 - Soviet troops advance into Poland.

Jan 17 - First attack toward Cassino, Italy.

Jan 22 - Allies land at Anzio.

Jan 27 - Leningrad relieved after a 900-day siege.

Feb 15-18 - Allies bomb the monastery at Monte Cassino.

Feb 16 - Germans counter-attack against the Anzio beachhead.

March 4 - Soviet troops begin an offensive on the Belorussian front; First major daylight bombing raid on Berlin by the Allies.

March 15 - Second Allied attempt to capture Monte Cassino begins.

March 18 - British drop 3000 tons of bombs during an air raid on Hamburg, Germany.

April 8 - Soviet troops begin an offensive to liberate Crimea.

May 9 - Soviet troops recapture Sevastopol.

May 11 - Allies attack the Gustav Line south of Rome.

May 12 - Germans surrender in the Crimea.

May 15 - Germans withdraw to the Adolf Hitler Line.

May 25 - Germans retreat from Anzio.

June 5 - Allies enter Rome.

June 6 - D-Day landings.

June 9 - Soviet offensive against the Finnish front begins.

June 10 - Nazis liquidate the town of Oradour-sur-Glane in France.

June 13 - First German V-1 rocket attack on Britain.

June 22 - Operation Bagration begins.

June 27 - U.S. troops liberate Cherbourg.

July 3 - 'Battle of the Hedgerows' in Normandy; Soviets capture Minsk.

July 9 - British and Canadian troops capture Caen.

July 18 - U.S. troops reach St. Lô.

July 20 - German assassination attempt on Hitler fails.

July 24 - Soviet troops liberate first concentration camp at Majdanek.

July 25-30 - Operation Cobra.

July 28 - Soviet troops take Brest-Litovsk. U.S. troops take Coutances.

Aug 1 - Polish Home Army uprising against Nazis in Warsaw begins; U.S. troops reach Avranches.

Aug 4 - Anne Frank and family arrested by the Gestapo in Amsterdam, Holland.

Aug 7 - Germans begin a major counter-attack toward Avranches.

Aug 15 - Operation Dragoon begins (the Allied invasion of Southern France).

Aug 19 - Resistance uprising in Paris.

Aug 19/20 - Soviet offensive in the Balkans begins with an attack on Romania.

Aug 20 - Allies encircle Germans in the Falaise Pocket.

Aug 25 - Liberation of Paris.

Aug 29 - Slovak uprising begins.

Aug 31 - Soviet troops take Bucharest.

Sept 1-4 - Verdun, Dieppe, Artois, Rouen, Abbeville, Antwerp and Brussels liberated by Allies.

Sept 4 - Finland and the Soviet Union agree to a cease-fire.

Sept 13 - U.S. troops reach the Siegfried Line.

Sept 17 - Operation Market Garden begins.

Sept 26 - Soviet troops occupy Estonia.

Oct 2 - Warsaw Uprising ends as the Polish Home Army surrenders to the Germans.

Oct 10-29 - Soviet troops capture Riga.

Oct 14 - Allies liberate Athens; Rommel commits suicide.

Oct 21 - Massive German surrender at Aachen.

Oct 30 - Last use of gas chambers at Auschwitz.

Nov 20 - French troops drive through the 'Beffort Gap' to reach the Rhine.

Nov 24 - French capture Strasbourg.

Dec 4 - Civil War in Greece; Athens placed under martial law.

Dec 16-27 - Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes.

Dec 17 - Waffen SS murder 81 U.S. POWs at Malmedy.

Dec 26 - Patton relieves Bastogne.

Dec 27 - Soviet troops besiege Budapest.

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