11 Jun 1934

Germany
  • Rudolf H├Âss participated in a new SS members' gathering and inspection at Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland). He met with Heinrich Himmler, an old passing acquaintance, who asked him to transfer from his original task of raising horses for the SS to a new position in the concentration camps system. ww2dbase [Rudolf H├Âss | Stettin, Pommern | CPC]
2 Apr 1936

Germany
27 Aug 1939

Germany
  • German Air Force Captain Erich Warsitz successfully took the prototype He 178 jet aircraft into the air, thus making it the first aircraft to fly using a turbojet engine. The test flight was conducted out of Rostock-Marienehe Airfield on the Baltic Sea coast. ww2dbase [He 178 | Rostock, Pommern | CPC]
16 Sep 1939

Germany
10 Feb 1940

Germany
12 Mar 1940

Germany
  • Emden arrived at Swinem├╝nde, Germany and joined Group 5 being organized for the invasion of Oslo, Norway. ww2dbase [Emden | Swinem├╝nde, Pommern | CPC]
5 Apr 1940

Germany
6 Apr 1940

Germany
8 Jun 1940

Germany
29 Sep 1941

Germany
  • After sundown, 10 bombers of British No. 102 Squadron were launched from RAF Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom for an attack on Stettin, Germany; the anti-aircraft fire was reported to be heavy. Another group of bombers took off to attack Hamburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Stettin, Pommern | CPC]
30 Sep 1941

Germany
2 Dec 1941

Germany
  • The 508-ton German Navy minesweeper M-529 was mined off Kolberg, Germany (now Kolobrzeg, Poland) with the loss of ten crew. ww2dbase [Kolberg, Pommern | HM]
25 Feb 1942

Germany
18 Mar 1942

Germany
13 Jun 1942

Germany
22 Apr 1943

Germany
14 May 1943

Germany
26 May 1943

Germany
4 Jun 1943

Germany
12 Jun 1943

Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1943
British aerial reconnaissance photograph of V-2 rockets at Peenem├╝nde Test Stands I and VII, Germany, 12 Jun 1943
23 Jun 1943

Photo(s) dated 23 Jun 1943
British aerial reconnaissance photo of Test Stand VII, Peenem├╝nde, Germany, 23 Jun 1943
28 Jun 1943

Germany
  • A Royal Air Force reconnaissance aircraft conclusively identified German long-range rocket launch sites on Peenem├╝nde, Germany. ww2dbase [Peenem├╝nde, Pommern | AC]
17 Aug 1943

Germany
  • British bombers launched to attack German rocket research site at Peenem├╝nde at 2100 hours London time. At 2230 hours London time or 2330 hours Berlin time, air raid sirens went off at Peenem├╝nde, but many ignored it, thinking it was to be yet another false warning as Allied bombers flew over the region to bomb German cities further inland. At 2317 hours London time or 0017 hours Berlin time on the next day, the first of the British bombers struck Peenem├╝nde. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Peenem├╝nde Army Research Center | Peenem├╝nde, Pommern | CPC]
18 Aug 1943

Germany
  • Between 0017 and 0043 hours Berlin time (2317 and 2343 hours London time, on 17 Aug 1943), three waves of British Lancaster, Halifax, and Stirling bombers (227, 113, and 180 aircraft, respectively) struck the German rocket research site at Peenem├╝nde, dropping a total of 1,600 tons of high explosive bombs and 250 tons of incendiary bombs. Initially the damage appeared to be extensive, especially considering that 180 German scientists and engineers were killed, but the site returned to operation within four to six weeks. Strategically, however, this attack did retarded the eventual rocket attack on Britain by some months. Many buildings would remain unrepaired and craters unfilled in order to trick the British into thinking that the site was abandoned after the raid. The British Royal Air Force lost 40 bombers during this successful mission. Over 500 Polish forced laborers were also killed during this attack. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Peenem├╝nde Army Research Center | Peenem├╝nde, Pommern | CPC, AC]
28 Sep 1943

Germany
  • The body of Brigadier General Nathan Forrest, who was killed when the B-17 bomber within which he traveled was destroyed in Jun 1943, was wash up near a seaplane base at Ruegen Island in Germany. ww2dbase [Pommern | CPC]
5 Jan 1944

Germany
28 Feb 1944

Germany
  • An experimental Wasserfall radio controlled anti-aircraft rocket was launched from Griefswalder Oie, an island near Peenem├╝nde, Germany. The missile, intended for the defence of German cities, reached a height of 23,000 feet, a third of what had been hoped for. Eventually some fifty of these rockets were made but further development was stopped, in Feb 1945, when it was found that about a third had suffered failures for one reason or another. ww2dbase [Peenem├╝nde Army Research Center | Griefswalder Oie, Pommern | AC]
18 Jul 1944

Germany
4 Aug 1944

Germany
25 Aug 1944

Germany
30 Aug 1944

Germany
  • While at port at Stettin, Germany, submarine U-869 lost one crew member to British bombing when several bombs hit the barracks where the crew was bunked. ww2dbase [U-869 | Stettin, Pommern | CPC]
16 Dec 1944

Germany
2 Feb 1945

Germany
  • With the Russian arrival at the outskirts of Stargard in Pommern, Germany (now in Poland), the Germans gave orders to evacuate the Stalag IID prisoners of war camp. The Allied prisoners, which include a large contingent of Canadians captured following the disastrous Dieppe Raid in August 1942, would march westward for 44 days along snow covered roads until eventually, at the end of April, their guards fled and the column having been strafed on the road by RAF fighters were finally liberated by an advance reconnaissance unit from the Royal Staffordshire Regiment. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | Stargard, Pommern | AC]
10 Feb 1945

Germany
  • Fierce German counter attacks near Neustettin, Germany (now Szczecinek, Poland) halted the advance of the Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front. Nevertheless, some of the troops of the Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front were withdrawn from the East Prussian Offensive and diverted to the fighting in Pomerania, Germany. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | Neustettin, Pommern | TH]
15 Feb 1945

Germany
  • German 11.SS-Armee launched Operation Sonnenwende in Pommern, Germany, although only III.SS-Panzer Korps started the attack on time. ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | Pommern | TH]
16 Feb 1945

Germany
18 Feb 1945

Germany
24 Feb 1945

Germany
26 Feb 1945

Germany
  • Soviet 3rd Guards Tank Corps and 3rd Guards Cavalry Corps took over as the main offensive force in the eastern Pommern region of Germany (occupied Poland). ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | Pommern | CPC]
27 Feb 1945

Germany
28 Feb 1945

Germany
5 Mar 1945

Germany
7 Mar 1945

Germany
9 Mar 1945

Germany
  • In eastern Pommern, Germany, Colonel General Walter Wei├č was relieved of command of failing to halt the Soviet offensive. He was replaced by Dietrich von Saucken. ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | Pommern | CPC]
11 Mar 1945

Germany
12 Mar 1945

Germany
  • German steam merchant ships Hilde (384-ton) and Adross (2,995-ton) were sunk in an air raid on Swinem├╝nde, Germany. 570 people were killed by the fires or went down with the ships. ww2dbase [Swinem├╝nde, Pommern | HM]
18 Mar 1945

Germany
30 Mar 1945

Germany
  • German Armeegruppe Weichsel (Vistula) evacuated its last Oder River bridgehead from the island of Wollin, Germany. ww2dbase [Wollin, Pommern | TH]
16 Apr 1945

Germany
  • Eighteen British Lancaster bombers of No. 617 Squadron RAF attacked the German heavy cruiser L├╝tzow at Swinem├╝nde, Germany (now Swinoujscie, Poland). All but two of the aircraft were hit, although only one was lost (becoming No. 617 Squadron's last loss of the war). A near miss by a "Tallboy" 12,000-lb bomb tore a large hole in the bottom of the L├╝tzow, crippling her. ww2dbase [Deutschland | Swinem├╝nde, Pommern | AC]
5 May 1945

Germany

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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