Japanese Timeline WWII

Japanese

Militarists Control Japan

1930

Invade Manchuria

1931

China's Northeast province rich in iron and coal
Set up puppet government

Withdraw from League of Nations

1933

Japan Invades China

1937

Border incident turned into full scale war
Beijing, the capital Nanjing, fell in 1937

Guam Wake Island Fall

December 1941

Pearl Harbor Attack

December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Hawaii
Americans decoded message, just didn't know when
Japanese attack 19 ships 2300 Americans killed

Day of Infamy

December 7, 1941

Roosevelt "A day which will live in infamy"
Congress accepted request for deceleration of war

Philippines

January 1942 - April 1942

Manila and Bataan Peninsula

Battle of Midway

June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942

Target Midway Island 1500 miles from Hawaii
Americans destroyed 322 Jap planes, all 4 aircraft carriers, 1 support ship
Yamamoto ordered fleet to withdraw
TURNED THE TIDE OF WAR IN PACIFIC

Battle of Guadalcanal

August 7, 1942 - February 1943

Allies offensive
MacArthur wanted to island-hop & seize land not well defended
Japanese retreated, Americans won