26 Jun 1941

French Syria and Lebanon
  • Tomahawk fighters of No. 3 Squadron RAAF destroyed 5 French D.520 fighters and damaged a further six on the ground at Homs Airfield in Syria. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | Syria | CPC]
1 Jul 1941

French Syria and Lebanon
  • British mechanized cavalry and an Arab Legion desert patrol broke up a Vichy French mobile column northeast of Palmyra, Syria, capturing four officers and 60 men. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | Palmyra, Syria | CPC]
3 Jul 1941

French Syria and Lebanon
1 Jan 1944

French Syria and Lebanon
  • Syria gained independence from France. ww2dbase [Syria | CPC]
26 Feb 1944

French Syria and Lebanon
  • Syria declared war on Germany and Japan. ww2dbase [Syria | CPC]
30 May 1945

French Syria and Lebanon
  • French guns shelled the centre of Damascus in Syria-Lebanon, damaging the Syrian government building and Government House. In addition there was much street fighting between French and Syrian troops. That evening General Charles de Gaulle ordered a cease fire; some hours prior Winston Churchill sent him a note demanding an immediate French cease fire and return to barracks. ww2dbase [Damascus, Syria | AC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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