17 January – Battle of Koh Chang. Decisive victory by the French over the Thai Navy.
3 February – The Nazis forcibly restore Pierre Laval to office in occupied Vichy, France.
9 May – French-Thai War ends
8 June – Allied invasion of Vichy French-controlled Syria and Lebanon begins, the Syria-Lebanon Campaign.
9 June – Battle of the Litani River.
13 June – Battle of Jezzine.
15 June – Battle of Kissoué begins.
17 June – Battle of Kissoué ends with Allied victory.
18 June – Battle of Damascus begins.
19 June – Battle of Merdjayoun starts.
21 June – Battle of Damascus ends, with the Allies taking Damascus.
24 June – Battle of Merdjayoun ends.
1 July – Battle of Palmyra. Vichy garrison at Palmyra surrenders.
3 July – Battle of Deir ez-Zor. Allied victory over Vichy French.
5 July – Battle of Damour begins.
9 July – Battle of Damour ends, with Allied victory over Vichy French.
14 July – Vichy France signs armistice terms ending all fighting in Syria and Lebanon.
22 August – German Occupation Authority announces that anyone found either working for or aiding the Free French will be sentenced to death.
27 August – Pierre Laval is shot in an assassination attempt at Versailles.
24 November – The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French.
12 December – United States seizes French ship Normandie.