World War II

Events

Japan Invades Manchuria

September 18, 1931

Hitler Appointed Chancellor

January 30, 1933

Reichstag Fire

February 27, 1933

Hitler Opens 1st Concentration Camp

March 22, 1933

Nazis Begin Boycott of Jewish Establishments

April 1, 1933

Nazi Party Declared only Legal Political Party in Germany

July 14, 1933

Germany leaves League of Nations

October 13, 1933

Hitler becomes German Fuehrer

August 19, 1934

USSR Joins League of Nations

September 18, 1934

Hitler Violates Treaty of Versailles by Introducing Military Conscription

March 16, 1935

German Jews Stripped of Rights by Nuremberg Race Laws

September 15, 1935

German forces occupy the Rhineland

March 7, 1936

Mussolini's Forces Invade Ethiopia

May 9, 1936

Civil war erupts in Spain

July 18, 1936

Hitler Reveals War plans

November 5, 1937

Germany Invades Austria

March 12, 1938

Munich Conference

September 30, 1938

Czech Government Resigns

October 15,1938

German forces occupy the Sudetenland

October 15, 1938

Kristallnacht

November 9, 1938

German Troops Invade Czechoslovakia

March 15, 1939

Pact of Steel

May 22, 1939

Nazi Soviet Pact

August 23, 1939

Britain and Poland sign a Mutual Assistance Treaty.

August 25, 1939

Germany Invades Poland

September 1, 1939

Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany.

September 3, 1939

Battle of Atlantic Begins

September 10, 1939

Soviets invade Poland

September 17, 1939

USSR Invades Finland

November 30, 1939

USSR Expelled from League of Nations

December 14, 1939

1st German Enigma Messages Deciphered by Allies

January 23, 1940

Germany Invades Denmark

April 9, 1940

Germany Invades Norway

April 9, 1940

Germany Invades Luxembourg

May 10, 1940

Germany invades France

May 10, 1940

Germany Invades Belgium

May 10, 1940

Germany Invades Holland

May 10, 1940

Evacuation at Dunkirk

May 26, 1940

Battle of Britain

July 20, 1940

Blitz against England begins

September 7, 1940

German Troops Arrive in Northern Africa

February 14, 1941

Operation Barbarossa Begins

June 22, 1941

Jews Forced to Wear Star of David

September 1, 1941

1st Zyklon B gas Chamber Installed

September 3, 1941

Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

United States Enters War

December 8, 1941

China Declares War on Japan

December 9, 1941

Japanese invade Philippines and Guam

December 10, 1941

Japanese take Wake Island

December 23, 1941

Japanese take Wake Island

December 23, 1941

1st American forces arrive in Great Britain

January 6, 1942

Japanese Attack Bataan

January 7, 1942

Germany, Italy and Japan sign military agreement in Berlin

January 18, 1942

Auschwitz institutes use of Gas Chambers and Begins Killing on Industrial Scale

June 1942

Treblinka, Auschwitz, and Dachau Become True Extermination Camps

June 1942

Jews from Warsaw ghetto brought to Concentration camps

July 22, 1942

Germans occupy Rome

September 11, 1942

Battle at Stalingrad Begins

September 13, 1942

Germans surrender at Stalingrad

February 2, 1943

Battle of Atlantic Climaxes

March 1943

German and Italian Troops Surrender in North Africa

May 13, 1943

Allies land in Sicily

July 9, 1943

Italy Declares war on Germany

October 13, 1943

Massive German Surrender at Aachen

1944

D-Day landings in France

June 6, 1944

First German V-1 Rocket launched at Britain

June 13, 1944

Liberation of Paris

June 25, 1944

Liberation of Auschwitz

January 26, 1945

Hidden Art Stolen by Germans Discovered in Salt Mines

April 1945

Allies land in Berlin

April 1945

Harry Truman Becomes President

April 12, 1945

Soviets reach Berlin

April 21, 1945

Mussolini Killed

April 28, 1945

Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide

April 30, 1945

Unconditional Surrender of all German Forces to Allies

May 7, 1945

V-E Day

May 8, 1945

United Nations Charter signed

June 26, 1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

August 9, 1945

Japanese agree to unconditional Surrender

August 14, 1945

V-J Day

September 2, 1945

Nuremberg Trials begin

November 20, 1945

Battle of the Bulge Begins

December 16, 1945