World War II

Elke Sekosky

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Anschluss

March 1938

annexation of Austria by Germany

Start of WWII

September 1, 1939

German forces invade Poland, starting war

Battle of Britan

August 1940 - October 1940

Germany begins bombing England

US Lend-Lease Program

March 1941

provided US military aid to foreign nations during WWII

Hitler breaks nonaggression pact with Stalin

June 22, 1941

Hitler broke pact and sent 3 million troops into Soviet Union; the first blitzkrieg

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, drawing the US into WWII

Battle of Midway

June 1942

WWII naval battle in the Pacific between Japan and the US; se the stage for major American victory

Battle of Stalingrad

August 23, 1942 - 2 February 1943

WWII battle between invading German forces and Societ defenders for control of Stalingrad; Germany's defeat marked a turning point in war

Allied invasion of Italy

July 1943

D-Day

June 6, 1944

The Allies storm ashore at Normandy, France, on D-Day

Soviets reach Berlin

April 30, 1945

Soviets were first to reach Berlin and surround the city

Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

American plane dropped atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan

Germany Surrenders

May 7, 1948

Germany signed an unconditional surrender with the Allies in France

Japan surrenders

August 15, 1948

Japan surrenders after atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki