In 1918 both elite and popular opinion in Austria-Hungary favored union with Germany. However, the Treaty of Versailles and the Treaty of Saint-Germain strictly forbade it. On March 11,1938 after much pressure, and some may even say bullying, the chancellor of Austria-Hungary announced that he is resigning and allowing the annexation of Austria-Hungary to Nazi Germany to avoid "the shedding of fraternal blood."
Conference held in Munich, Germany in which Western European democracies gave Czechoslovakia to Germany with the promise that this would be Hitler's last territorial claim in Europe.(Hitler does not keep his promise.)
Germany and the Soviet Union agree not to attack each other. Germany will later break this pact.
After refusing Adolf Hitler's demands for return of the lands acquired by Poland from World War One, Germany invaded. Britain and France, having made commitments to Poland, declared war on Germany, officially starting World War Two.
Allied forces rescued over 300,000 soldiers from Dunkirk, France After the country was forced to surrender to Axis powers.
Germany launches air attacks on British soil.
Japan attacked the American military base Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to officially enter World War Two.
First air raids on Japanese homeland by American forces.
After American forces surrendered, Japan forced the remaining army to march 80 miles to Prisoner-of-War camps.
After the Japanese military invaded New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, it targeted Australia. This caused a battle that, for the first time, included only carrier=based aircraft. Japan loses this battle, ceasing the imperialistic spread further south.
After Japan lost the Battle of Coral Sea they targeted Midway Island. They lose this battle, and it is a pivotal victory for the United States.
This is a successful victory by the Red Army against Adolf Hitler. It is known as the beginning of Hitler's demise because Germany never recovers from this battle.
America fought several battles for this "lifeline" from the United States to Australia. America is victorious and only suffers one-thousand-seven-hundred loses, while Japan suffers twenty-thousand.
This is the turning point in land-air war for Allied forces against Germany. In October of 1942 a British General drove German forces back to Tunisia, more than a thousand miles from the start of the attack.
This is a series of battles that took place in North Africa. Initially the Axis powers dominated the front, but Allied forces gain victory in the end.
Allied forces gained control of this Italian island shortly after deposing of Mussolini.
Germany suffers one of the greatest human casualties and an Allied force was established during this battle.
Battle that lead to the liberation of France from Nazi control, and exiled the Vichy government.
A surprise attack by Nazi Germany on Allied forces in the Ardennes forest of France. The battle cost America over 100,000 casualties, but Allie forces were victorious.
An island used as a Haven for damaged American bombers was captured by Japan, and resulted in over four-thousand American casualties.
This is an island that the United States needed for closer bases. The United States suffered fifty-thousand casualties, and Japan suffered even more, some of their casualties included kamikazes. The United States is victorious.
An atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 6, 1945; and a second was dropped on August 9, 1945. This leads to Japanese surrender.