World War 2 Events by Country - South Africa


Listing of all day-by-day events of the Second World War related to the nation of South Africa.

World War 2 spanned across language barriers, cultures, and borders as it wreaked havoc around the globe. The conflict was made up of several major theaters - spanning nearly all oceans and continents - which contained many individual campaigns and, within these, key battles and events on both the military and political spectrums. The war was fought with equal fervor and verocity across the land, on the sea (and under it), and in the air as millions of men and women answered the call of their respective flags - or happened to find themselves in the war's path with no option but to fight. In the end, the fractured world opened its eyes to a new order - one that would usher in a whole new trial in the Cold War and lead to the establishment of dozens of independent countries heading towards the end of the century.

There are a total of (7) World War 2 Events by Country - South Africa events in the SecondWorldWarHistory.com database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events may also be included for perspective.


Day-by-Day Timeline of Events


Tuesday, September 5th, 1939

The government of South Africa declares war on Germany.

Tuesday, June 11th, 1940

South Africa declares war on Italy.

Thursday, June 18th, 1942

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

Saturday, June 20th, 1942

Rommel begins his offensive against the defenders in Tobruk.

Saturday, June 20th, 1942

Artillery shells and Luftwaffe bombs rain upon Tobruk.

Saturday, June 20th, 1942

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.

Sunday, June 21st, 1942

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



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