WW2

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germany attacks poland

1939

Invasions of Poland by Germany, beginning World War II. Most of Poland is taken in days.

germany invades

1940

Germany invades Denmark, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg. All fall within weeks

battle of britain

1940

Germany suffers its first defeat in the skies over England, and abandons invasion plans.

british armored forces attack italian forces

1940

British armored forces attack Italian forces in North Africa. This continues for nearly three years.

germany invades again

1941

June, Germany invades the USSR, opening what becomes known as the Eastern Front.

japanese attacks US

1941

December 7, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the US Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. US enters the war, opening the Pacific Theatre.

battle of midway

1942

June 4-7, Battle of Midway. The US Navy sinks four Japanese aircraft carriers in the fight that proves to be the turning point in the Pacific war.

battle of stalingrad

1942

Battle of Stalingrad. Germany's entire Sixth Army is lost, and the war begins turning in favor of the Allies.

attempts on hitlers life

1943 - 1945

Several failed assassination attempts on Hitler's life. Hitler has become too unstable to think rationally. Succession of major military losses follows.

d-day

1944

June 6, the Allied Expeditionary Force under Dwight Eisenhower lands on the coast of northern France on what will later be called "D-Day". The "Second Front" that Stalin has been demanding for three years is now open.

Hitler commits suicide

1945

April 30, Hitler commits suicide, shortly before the fall of Berlin and surrender of German forces in Europe.

USA develops the atomic bomb

1945

USA develops the atomic bomb, and successfully uses it in August to force the surrender of Japan.