World War II


US passes Neutrality Acts

August 31, 1935 - November 1939

a series of laws designed to prevent the U.S. 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 - 1945

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

German Invasion of Poland

September 1, 1939 - October 6, 1939

The German invasion of Poland was a primer on how Hitler intended to wage war- what would become the “Blitzkrieg” strategy

Fall of France

May 10, 1940 - June 25, 1940

nobody opposed Germany after this, ripped up the balance of power in Europe, and overnight left the strategic assumptions on which Britain had planned to fight Hitler

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

German Invasion of 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.

Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

Reason the U.S. entered the WWII

Executive Order 9066


United States enters World War II


Battle of Midway Island

June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942

the victory allowed the United States and its allies to move into an offensive position

Battle of Staligrad

July 17, 1942 - February 2, 1943

It 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

it resulted in the freedom of france and prevented Hitler from sending troops from 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 Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2 separate points)

August 6, 1945 - August 9, 1945

V-J Day

September 2, 1945

Nuremburg Trials

November 20, 1945 - October 1, 1946