World War II Timeline

World

WWII

1939 - 1945

France, Belgium, Luxembourg Freed

September 1944

Nuremberg Trials

1945 - 1949

Yalta Conference

February 1945

V-E Day

May 8 1945

V-J Day

September 2 1945

Soviet Union

Soviet Union Formed

1922

Joseph Stalin Takes Control of Soviet Union

1924

Lenin dies, Stalin takes control.

Stalin Outlines "Five Year Plans"

1928

USSR becomes second most industrious country

1937

Only US was ahead of them in overall production.

Stalin establishes completely totalitarian government

1939

Signs non-aggression pact with Germany

August 23, 1939

Invaded by Germany

March 1941

German invasion of Soviet Union

March 1941 - February 2 1943

Soviets storm Berlin

April 25 1945

United States of America

FDR in office

1933 - 1945

US recognizes Soviet Union

1933

Roosevelt passes Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act through congress

1934

Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act- This act lowered trade barriers by giving the president the power to make trade agreements with other nations and was aimed at reducing tariffs by as much as 50 percent.

"Cash and Carry"

September 1939

Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) created

1941

Signs Lend-Lease Act

March 1941

Shoot on Sight

September 4, 1941

Churchill visits White House

December 22 1941 - January 12 1942

Manhattan Project started

1942

End of automobile production for private use

February 1942

Roosevelt signs order sending Japanese to Prison Camps

February 19, 1942

MacArthur leaves Philippines

March 11 1942

Doolittle Raid

April 18 1942

Battle of the Coral Sea

May 1942

WAAC Bill becomes Law

May 15 1942

Battle of the Midway

June 3, 1942

Guadalcanal: First Allies offensive

August 1942

Operation Torch

November 1942 - May 1943

German Admiral Karl Doenitz's losses reach "unbearable height"

1943

African-Americans see combat roles

April 1943

Detroit Riot

June 1943

GI Bill of Rights passed

1944

D-Day

June 6 1944

Aachen Captured

October 1944

Invasion of Okinawa

April 1945

Allies invade Okinawa

April 1945

Franklin Roosevelt Dies

April 12 1945

First Nuclear Bomb test

July 16, 1945

Drops Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima

August 6 1945

Drops Nuclear Bomb on Nagasaki

August 9 1945

Germany

Hitler joins Nazi party

1919

"Mein Kampf" published

1925

6 Million Germans unemployed

1932

Hitler becomes Chancellor

1933

Establishes Third Reich

Hitler pulls Germany out of League of Nations

1933

Hitler builds up army (violating Treat of Versailles)

1935

Hitler sends troops to Rhineland

1936

Rhineland-A German region bordering France and Belgium that was demilitarized as a result of the Treaty of Versailles

Germany invades Austria unnoposed

March 12, 1938

Munich Agreement

September 30, 1938

German scientists succeed in splitting uranium atoms

1939

Germany invades Czhechoslovakia

March 15, 1939

Signs non-agression pact

August 23, 1939

Germany invades Poland

September 1, 1939

Germany invades Norway and Denmark

April 9, 1940

Germany air raids Britain

August 15 1940

Signs Triparte Act

September 27 1940

Invades Soviet Union

March 1941

German Army approaches Stalingrad

August 1942

German Admiral Karl Doenitz's losses reach "unbearable height"

1943

German Commander surrendered in Stalingrad

January 31 1943

D-Day

June 6 1944

Battle of the Bulge

December 16 1944

Berlin stormed by Soviets

April 25 1945

Hitler commits suicide

April 30 1945

United Kingdom

Declares war on Germany

September 3, 1939

Battle of Britain

1940

Operation Torch

November 1942 - May 1943

D-Day

June 6 1944

France

Declares War on Germany

September 3, 1939

Germany invades France

1940

George Patton frees Paris

August 25 1944

Italy

Mussolini establishes first fascist party

1921

Mussolini marches on Rome with "Black Shirts"

October 1922

Italy invades Ethiopa

1935 - 1936

Signs Triparte Act

September 27 1940

Battle for Rome

1943 - 1945

Benito Mussolini forced to resign

July 25, 1943

"Bloody Anzio"

February 1944 - May 1944

Japan

Japan attacks and seizes control of province of Manchuria

1931

Japan attacks China

1937

Signs Triparte Act

September 27 1940

Doolittle Raid

April 18 1942

Battle of the Coral Sea

May 1942

Allies begin offensive on Japan

August 1942

Battle of Leyte Gulf

October 1944

American occupation of Japan

1945 - 1952

Battle in Iwo Jima

February 1945 - March 1945

Okinawa Invaded

April 1945

Hiroshima Nuked

August 6 1945

Nagasaki Nuked

August 9 1945

Spain

Spanish Civil War

1936 - 1939

Led by Francisco Franco

Francisco Franco becomes dictator of Spain

1939

Holocaust

"Non-Aryans" removed from government positions

April 7, 1933

Nuremberg Laws

1935

Kristallnacht

November 9 1938

St. Louis rejected from Miami

1939

Final Solution

1942

Soviets find first Death Camp

July 1944