British India World War 2 Events

British India World War 2 Events

As part of the British Commonwealth, India played an oft-forgotten - yet ultra-critical - role in the dismantling of the Third Reich.





There are a total of (23) entries in the British India World War 2 Events. Entries are listed below by earliest date to latest date.


December 6th - December 8th
1940
The Western Desert Force in Egypt, under the command of Major-General Richard O'Connor, set up pre-assault positions. The force includes 36,000 total men from the 7th Armored Division, 4th Indian Division and the New Zealand Division. They set up their initial position southeast of the Italian fort at Nibeiwa.
December 9th
1940
Operation Compass is officially launched.
December 9th
1940
The British 7th Tank Regiment, along with the 4th Indian Division, attack Italian positions at Tummar West and Nibeiwa.
April 1st
1942
The Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo enters the Bay of Bengal.
April 3rd
1942
No fewer than five Japanese Navy aircraft carriers reach the Indian Ocean.
April 4th
1942
Admiral Sir James Somerville detaches a force to intercept the arriving Japanese fleet.
April 4th
1942
A small contingent of British Royal Navy vessels operating in the Indian Ocean are warned of the arriving Japanese Navy force.
January 11th
1944
The first major Allied offensive to take Cassino is launched.
February 11th
1944
US and Indian losses mount in the offensives against German positions in Calvario, the town of Cassino and Monte Cassino itself.
February 11th
1944
The 4th Indian Division reports unacceptably high casualties when coming up against the stout German defenders.
February 11th
1944
A blanket retreat is enacted by the Allies in an attempt to regroup and plan a new strategy to take Cassino.
February 15th
1944
Following the Allied aerial bombardment, the second major Allied offensive to take Cassino is launched.
February 15th - February 18th
1944
The 4th Indian Division is charged with taking both Monte Calvario and Monastary Hill.
February 15th - February 18th
1944
The 4th Indian Division assault is repelled and driven away, suffering high casualties.
February 19th - March 13th
1944
The Italian winter makes its arrival and postpones any further Allied offensives for the next month.
March 15th - March 21st
1944
Against mounting casualties but with tank support, the 4th Indian Division gains ground.
March 15th
1944
Artillery guns open up on Cassino while 600-plus Allied bombers attempt to shake the German defenders.
March 15th - March 21st
1944
Positions on Monte Cassino are officially in Allied hands.
March 15th
1944
A third major Allied offensive is put into action.
March 22nd
1944
With mounting losses in both manpower and tanks, further Allied thrusts are called off.
March 23rd - May 10th
1944
A lengthy six-week period allows the Allies to rebuild their forces - though this period allows the Germans to increase their defensive foothold.
May 11th
1944
The fourth offensive to take Cassino is put into action.
May 18th
1944
Monte Cassino falls to the Allies, costing some 50,000 casualties along both sides of the battlefield.