Germany invaded Poland from the west, and the Soviet Union invaded from the east. These rapid, surprise attacks were known as "Blitzkrieg", or lightning war. Great Britain and France declared war on Germany that September after the attacks.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
The Attack of Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack by the Japanese on a U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2,403 people died.
Battle of Stalingrad
Approx. 1942 - February 2, 1943
The Battle of Stalingrad was the largest confrontation of World War II. Germany fought the Soviet Union to take over the Russian city of Stalingrad.
Battle of Midway
June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942
The Battle of Midway was a naval battle where the United States destroyed Japan's first-line carrier strength and most of their best trained battle naval pilots.
June 6, 1944
D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The Allied forces attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. The invasion resulted in a victory for the Allies.
May 8, 1945
V-E Day is a celebratory date in history when the Allies of World War II surrendered.
July 16, 1945
The first atomic bomb was successfully detonated in a desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
August 15, 1945
V-J Day is the day when Japan surrendered in World War II.