U.S. passes Neutrality Acts

1935 - 1939

Prevented the United States from being embroiled in a foreign war by clearly stating the terms of U.S. neutrality.

Creation of the Einsatazgruppen

1939 - 1945

Contributed to the mass executions before the internment camps.

German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact

August 23,1939

The two countries agreed to take no military action against each other for the next 10 years.

German Invasion of Poland

September 1, 1939

A primer on how Hitler intended to wage war–what would become the “blitzkrieg” strategy.

Fall of France

May 10, 1940 - June 25, 1940

Ripped up the balance of power in Europe, and overnight left the strategic assumptions on which Britain had planned to fight Hitler completely obsolete.

Battle of Britain

July 10, 1940 - October 31, 1940

Britain’s decisive victory saved the country from a ground invasion and possible occupation by German forces while proving that air power alone could be used to win a major battle.

U.S. enters WWII


It turned the tides of the war

German Invasion of the Soviet Union

June 22, 1941 - December 5, 1941

The destruction of the Soviet Union by military force, the permanent elimination of the perceived Communist threat to Germany, and the seizure of prime land within Soviet borders for long-term German settlement had been core policy of the Nazi movement since the 1920s.

Japenese attack Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Reason the U.S. entered WWII.

Executive Order 9066

February 19, 1942

Authorized the Army to remove any person living on the West Coast deemed a threat to national security.

Battle of Midway Island

June 7, 1942

Turning point in Pacific war.

Battle of Stalingrad

July 17, 1942 - February 2, 1943

Stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning point of the tide of war in favor of the Allies


June 6, 1944

Resulted in the freedom of France

Liberation of First Holocaust camp

July 23, 1944

Partisans Shoot Mussolini

April 28, 1945

Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide

April 30, 1945

V-E Day

May 8, 1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

August 9, 1945

V-J Day

September 2, 1945

Nuremburg Trials

November 20, 1945 - October 1, 1946