* Chancellor – The head of the government in some European countries, such as Germany. (Adolf Hitler) * Conscription – Older name for draft; obligatory enlistment for state service (military) * Anschluss – The political union of Austria with Germany * Führer – German title meaning leader or guide *Appeasement – giving in to an aggressive country to maintain peace * Neutrality – The state or policy of being neutral, especially nonparticipation in war. * Dissenters – Red Army generals
Roosevelt becomes president of the US during WWII.
Massive torchlight parade in Berlin to celebrate the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany.
Hitler achieves absolute authority.
When Hitler strengthened his military, it made the other countries nervous that they might be attacked, so some took the precautionary measures of building up their military
Mussolini invaded Ethiopia, so the League of Nations told him he shouldn't do it but failed to do anything to stop him. This showed everyone that the League of Nations would not stop you from conquering the land you want because Mussolini just kept going.
This marks the beginning of Stalin’s Great Purge where he eliminates all that oppose his reign.
Japan invaded China not only to show their power but to gain resources.
Germany and Austria form a political union.
“The night of broken glass” Nazis burned down many Jewish businesses, houses, and churches.
Britain and France allow Germany to take Czechoslovakia in hopes that it would satisfy Hitler and he wouldn’t take more countries.
Hitler gets on Stalin’s good side so that he will not have to worry about war to the east until Germany is ready by signing a non-aggression pact.
Hitler keeps going and decides to conquer Poland after promising to stop with Czech.
Britain decides enough is enough and decides to stop giving in to Germany and declares war on them.
The US is still trying to stay out of war
Germany invades all these countries for more land for Hitler’s Lebensraum, and basically declared war on them.
This is an air battle between British RAF and German Luftwaffe.
Germany bombed London on a regular basis, destroying the city and killing many civilians. Also called the London Blitz.
Germany, Italy, and Japan formed an alliance.
Germany cuts ties with the USSR and declares war, invades, and attacks the Soviet Union.
This marks the start of Hitler’s mass exterminations through gas chambers and work camps.
When Japan bombs our naval port at Pearl Harbor, they awoke a sleeping giant. They basically forced us to go to war with them which was dumb because they knew that we were powerful (as seen in WWI).
They declare war on Japan in response to the bombing on Pearl Harbor by Japanese Kamikaze pilots.
By this point, WWII has truly become a two sided worldwide war.
Soviets declare war on Japan and invade Manchuria.