Germany invades Poland, starting World War II

September, 1939

Germany invades Norway and Denmark

April, 1940

Germany invades Belgium and the Netherlands

May, 1940

Germany begins bombing Britain

July, 1940

Germany invades the Soviet Union

June, 1941

Japan bombs Pearl Harbor

December 1941

Japan captures the Philippines and Burma

January, 1942

Japan captures Singapore

February, 1942

The tide turns

June 1942

German troops surrender in Stalingrad, USSR

February, 1943

Axis troops in northern Africa surrender

May 1943

Italy surrenders

September, 1943

U.S. forces invade Tarawa

November, 1943

Allied troops land in France and begin invasion

June, 1944

Japan's navy is defeated near the Philippines

October, 1944

Germany fight back in battle of the Bulge

December, 1944

allied troops capture Iwo Jima

February 1945

Germany surrenders, ending World War II in Europe

May, 1945

Japan surrenders agreement, ending War

August, 1945

atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and nagasaki

August 6, 1945