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South Africa WW2 Timeline

Authored By Dan Alex | Last Updated: 9/2/2015

South Africa contributed considerable manpower to Allied actions in World War 2 - serving alongside other Commonwealth Forces across North Africa and over Europe.

There are a total of (7) World War 2 South African Timeline of Events. Entries are listed below by date of occurrence ascending and are gathered from the overall SwwH site database as they relate to their particular series of events.


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1939
Tuesday
September 5th

The government of South Africa declares war on Germany.

1940
Tuesday
June 11th

South Africa declares war on Italy.

1942
Thursday
June 18th

The city of Tobruk, defended by the 2nd South African Division, is completely surrounded by German forces.

1942
Saturday
June 20th

At 7:00PM, the German 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions have made it past Tobruk's first line of defense, making headway into the city.

1942
Saturday
June 20th

Artillery shells and Luftwaffe bombs rain upon Tobruk.

1942
Saturday
June 20th

Rommel begins his offensive against the defenders in Tobruk.

1942
Sunday
June 21st

The 2nd South African Division under Allied General Klopper officially concede defeat and hand control of Tobruk to the Germans.