WWII Timeline

Time Line

Start WWII

September 1, 1939

Germany invades Poland. Started World War II.


April 6, 1941

Germany invades Greece and Yugoslavia.


June 22, 1941

Germany invades the Soviet Union.


December 7, 1941

Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.


December 10, 1941

Japan invades the Philippine Islands.


June 4, 1942

American naval forces defeat Japan at Midway Island.

US Marines

August 7, 1942

US Marines land on Guadalcanal. Begin island hopping.

Bentio M.

July 25, 1943

Bentio Mussolini is forced to resign and is imprisoned.

US Bomber

March 6, 1944

US Bombers raid Berlin with 800 planes.


June 6, 1944

D-Day invasion.

Gen. MacArthur

October 20, 1944

General MacArthur liberates the Philippines.

Battle of Leyte Gulf

October 26, 1944

Battle of Leyte Gulf. Japan uses kamikaze attacks.

US Marines

March 16, 1945

US Marines take Iwo Jima.


April 30, 1945

Hitler commits suicide.


May 7, 1945

Germany surrenders, ending the war in Europe.

Enola Gay

August 6, 1945

Enola Gay US B29 drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

2nd Atomic Bomb

August 9, 1945

2nd atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.


August 14, 1945

Japan surrenders ending World War II.