WWII: days taken for successful Axis invasions 1939-1941

Number of days taken for the successful Axis invasion of selected countries or territories during the Second World War from 1939 to 1941

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Release date

September 2022



Survey time period

April 7, 1939 to August 25, 1942

Supplementary notes

A value of zero indicates that the country capitulated within 24 hours.

Entries refer to successful military invasions only, therefore countries such as China, Burma, the Solomon Islands, and the USSR are not included. Baltic states have been included separately as they were independent before 1939. Countries or territories seized by non-military measures, such as Austria, Czechoslovakia, or French Indochina are not included.

*Generally considered to have predated WWII.

Release date is date of most recent access. The majority of European dates are from the linked USHMM source, while figures for the Baltic states and Pacific theater are from a variety of sources including the U.S. National Park Service, britannica.com, the BBC, the Australian government, pacificatrocities.org, estonica.org, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, and individual country profiles from the World War II Database.

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