On September 1st, 1939, Germany invaded Poland, triggering World War 2. Germany uses the "Blitzkrieg" strategy to dominate Poland. The invasion began one week after the Motolov-Ribbontrap pact Germany signed with the Soviet Union.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack on the United States by Japan. Japan thought the U.S. was trying to get in the way of their domination buy moving their base to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, so they attacked. This event led to the United States' entry into the second world war.
Battle of Midway
June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942
This battle occurred 6 months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one moth after the Battle of the Coral Sea. This battle was almost entirely fought with aircraft, resulting in the destruction of Japan's first-line carrier strength and most of its best trained naval pilots at the hands of the United States. The United States won this battle.
Battle of Stalingrad
August 23, 1942 - February 2, 1943
The battle of Stalingrad was the largest confrontation in World War 2, being between the Soviet Union and Germany. The battle was for control of the city Stalingrad in Southern Russia. This battle also marked the turning of favor to the allies.
June 6, 1944
Britain, America, Canada and France all fought Germany on the coast of Normandy, France. With a huge force of 150,000 soldiers, the allies attacked and won this battle. This was a turning point in the war.
May 8, 1945
V-E Day stands for Victory in Europe Day. This day marks the end of World War 2 in Europe. This is when the unconditional surrender of Germany's armed forces occurred.
Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
August 6, 1945 - August 9, 1945
With the consent of the United Kingdom, the U.S. detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These atomic bombs were the uranium-based design, called "the Little Boy" and the plutonium-based design called "the Fat Man." Despite this attack, the Japanese didn't surrender right away as the U.S. expected.
August 15, 1945
V-J Day stands for "Victory Over Japan Day". On this day Japan surrendered in World War 2, bringing the war to an end. A formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay, Japan.