The Coming of World War II

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Treaty of Versailles completed

June 28 1919

This treaty ended the war between Germany and the Allied Powers and signified the end of World War I. This event is significant because it enraged the citizens that lost the first world war, including Germany, as the winning countries could somewhat control them. This event led to Hitler's vindictive scheming to avoid socialism.

Weimar Republic experiences hyperinflation

June 1921 - January 1924

This event caused economic problems in the Weimar Republic for more than 2 years. This is because of huge increases in prices and interest rates, redenomination of the currency, and the rapid expansion of industries. This event signified, to Hitler, that he needed to step in and change the way of the German people before Germany became socialist.

Holocaust

January 30 1933 - May 8 1945

The Holocaust is the time when Hitler ordered any opposition dead, including all Jews and homosexuals. This is significant because it's the greatest act of hate and anti-antisemitism the world has seen in millenniums.

Hitler is elected as leader of Germany

1934

Hitler gets elected as the leader of Germany in 1934 and so begins the ruling of Hitler and the following events which lead to the declaration of war throughout the world.

Remilitarization Rhineland

March 7 1936

Hitler marched 22,000 of his troops to the Rhineland. This action broke the Treaty of Versailles, and therefore broke the peace between Germany and the Allied Powers, signifying the beginning of the fighting that would lead to WWII.

Spanish Civil War starts

July 17, 1936

The Spanish Civil War divided Spain into 2 groups after a conflict between the military and civilians. Germany sympathized with Franco, of Spain, and figured Spain was a good ally to have for land and weaponry, further establishing differing beliefs that led to WWII.

Munich Conference

1938

The Munich Conference was between Hitler and the representatives of France, Great Britain, and Italy. This event's outcome was an agreement that Hitler could annex the Sudetenland as long as he invaded no other countries. Its significance is that this agreement was broken, giving the other countries even more reason to declare war upon Germany.

Austrian Annexation by Germany

March 11 1938

Hitler annexed Austria, a country with fellow-Nazis that wished to overthrow the government and join with Hitler. This event is significant because Hitler gained land, population, and support from another country.

Germany invades Poland

September 1, 1939

Germany invades Poland in order to regain the Rhineland. Because the French and English vowed to protect Poland's borders, they joined the fighting to remain credible, beginning the violence between Germany and France, allies with England.

US Lend Lease Policy

March 11 1941

This was the act of America that lent the Allied powers materials to fight throughout WWII. This is significant because this 50 billion dollars of aid was imperative in the outcome of WWII.

Pearl Harbor

December 7 1941

This was the Japanese attack on America to prevent the US from interfering with their military actions. This event was the deciding factor in USA involvement in WWII, joining the allied powers and opposing the Axis powers.

Operation Overlord

1944

This was the allied seize of western-Europe. This is significant because this was the road that paved Hitler's defeat.

D-Day

June 6, 1944

Allied troops arrived on the shores of Normandy, France where they planned to regain France from Germany. After the allied powers gained a foothold, the soldiers began the march to defeat Hitler. This was the turning point of WWII, paving the way for an allied victory.

Battle of the Bulge

December 16 1944

This battle was a German counteroffensive of D-Day. This is significant because it was an Allied victory, allowing for the eventual defeat of the Nazi regime.

United Nations

1945

This league of nations was formed after WWII to prevent conflict among the countries of the world. This program is significant because its task is to maintain peace and avoid another world war.

VE Day

May 8 1945

This event was the Axis surrender and the allied win of WWII. This is significant because it ended WWII and ended Hitler's rule.

A Bomb Dropped

August 9 1945

This refers to the dropping of an atomic bomb by the Americans on Hiroshima, Japan. This is significant because it allowed for Japan to see the US as a threat that is willing to fight back and will not be stopped easily.

VJ Day

September 2, 1945

This was the surrender of the Japanese to America. This is significant because it was the final surrender of WWII and thus ended all war conflict.