WWII timeline

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WWII

September 9, 1931

Declaration of the United Nations

January 1 1942

WWII ends

August 15, 1945

Allies

Battle of Britain

June 1940 - November 1940

Because Germany lost this battle, it showed the Allies that the Axis powers could be beaten back, and this gave the Allies enough momentum to attack Germany back.

France surrenders to Germany

Jun 17, 1940

When France surrendered to Germany, this meant that Great Britain was the only country in Europe that Germany wanted to invade.

Lend Lease Act

1941

The LL-act gave the Allied powers in Europe money and military goods in exchange for money after the war.

U.S. enters War

8 December 1941

The U.S. entered the war as a result of Pearl Harbor.

Baatan Death March

April 9, 1942

The Baatan Death March was the transfer of 80,000 Prisoners Of War to Camp O'Donnell by the Japanese army. This was judged by the U.S. as a war crime, as many POW's died.

Battle of the Coral Sea

4 May 1942 - 8 May 1942

The battle of the Coral Sea was a tactical victory for Japan, yet a strategic victory for the Allies. It was important because it was the first time that the Allies had stopped the Japanese in the Pacific Ocean.

Battle of Midway (Islands)

4 June 1942 - 7 June 1942

The battle of Midway was a battle in which the U.S. decisively beat the Japanese while fighting them in naval combat. It was the Japanese's first loss since the previous century.

D-Day

June 6 1944 4:30 AM

D-Day is important because it basically ended the war with Germany.

Battle of The Bulge

December 16 1944 - 25 January 1945

The battle of the bulge was a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces. It severely hurt the American forces stationed there.

V-E Day

8 May 1945

Victory in Europe day is the day when Germany surrendered to the Allied forces.

A-Bomb dropped on Hiroshima

6 August 1945

A-Bomb dropped on Nagaski

9 August 1945

This caused Japan to surrender, ending WWII

V-J Day

August 15, 1945

Victory over Japan day is the day when Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces, officially ending World War II.

Axis

Japan invades Manchuria

September 9, 1931 - 27 February 1932

One of the main causes of WWII

Hitler's reign of Germany

Aug 19, 1934 - 30 April 1945

Invaded most of Europe and tried to take over the world

Italy invades Ethiopia

3 October 1935 - April 1938

Mussolini invaded Ethiopia to increase Italian national pride, which gave Italy momentum to invade other countries along with Germany.

Germany militarizes the Rhineland

7 March 1936

This act directly violated the Treaty of Versailles, which meant that Germany was being hostile by militarizing the Rhineland.

Rape of Nanking

December 13, 1937 - February 18, 1938

When the Japanese invaded Nanking, China was thrust into the war.

German annexation of Austria

March 12, 1938 - 27 April 1945

The annexation of Austria caused some Austrian citizens to be taken to concentration camps.

Munich confrence

29 September 1938 - 30 September 1938

This was a failed act of appeasement for Germany.

Kristallnacht

9 November 1938 - 10 November 1938

This act was the beginning of the "Final Solution" proposed by Hitler.

Germany invades Czechoslovakia

16 March 1939 - 8 May 1944

The invasion of Czechoslovakia caused the country to eventually break up into separate countries.

Nazi/USSR Nonaggression pact

August 23, 1939 - June 22, 1941

By signing this pact, Germany prevented the need to fight both Russia and Europe at the same time. However, when Germany broke the pact, it led to the USSR changing sides to help defeat Germany.

Invasion of Poland

September 1939 - May 1945

The invasion of Poland was the act by Germany that started the war.

The Blitz

7 September 1940 - 21 May 1941

The Blitz was a bombing campaign against Britain.

Attack on Pearl Harbor

7 December 1941

The attack on Pearl Harbor caused the United States to enter into the war.

Wannsee Confrence

20 January 1942

This conference was another facet of the "Final Solution".

Battle of Stalingrad

23 August 1942 - 2 February 1943

The battle of Stalingrad is important because it greatly weakened the German forces fighting the USSR, and it delivered a punishing blow to the German army.

Battle of El Alamein

23 October 1942 - 11 November 1942

This battle ended the Axis threat to Egypt and Africa as a whole.