This was the first step for Japan to collect resources they believed they needed to grow as a country.
The Japanese defeat Chinese forces in a clash near Peking, taking control of North China.
Japanese warplanes dive-bomb the American gunboat Panay in the Yangtze River in China.
The mass murder and destruction of Nanjing by the Japanese Navy.
The Japanese Central China Army captures Hankow, ending their advance up the Yangtze River.
American and Filipino troops are defeated due to a miscalculation of the power the Japanese had.
A surprise attack by the Japanese navy against the navy base on Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
Due the support for attacking Japan overpowered the influence of isolationists. This caused the US to declare war on Japan and enter the second World War.
One of the first battles in the Pacific in WWII. The Japanese win and instil Japanese Administration.
The forceful transfer of American and Filipino prisoners of war by the Japanese military.
The first air raid by the United States targeting Japan's home islands.
A naval battle between the Japanese and American navy. It was the first time air carriers were used in battle.
The battle evolving the Japanese and American navy's clash. The battle ended in the Japanese navy's defeat.