Germany invaded Poland in response to Polish attack on their radio outposts. Russia captured eastern Poland on the 17th.
The Phony War and Attack on Denmark and Norway
September 1939 - April 1940
This was referred to as the "sitting war", as not much fighting took place. British would drop propaganda "bombs" over Germany. Germany invaded and attacked Denmark and Norway.
Fall of France and Vichy France
September 3, 1939 - October 1939
France and Britain declared war on Germany. Germany struck at France's weak forces, and France's army was defeated in just 6 weeks. This was a significant gain for Germany.
Soviet Attacks Lithuania, Latonia, Estonia, and Finland
September 17, 1939
The non-aggression pact signed by the Soviet Union and Germany was broken. The two countries were no longer allies and could go to war with each other
Rescue at Dunkirk
May 27, 1940 - June 4, 1940
British, French, and Belgium troops retreat from a defeat in France by the Germans. The rescue saved 338, 326 Allied soldiers from German death.
Battle of Britain
July 1940 - October 1940
Fought between the British Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe, the British were victorious. This marks Hitler's first defeat.
War in Balkans
October 1940 - June 1941
Italian forces invade Greece, but are pushed back. Hitler calls for Blitzkrieg invasion of Yugo and Greece.
Italy Attacks Northern Africa
Hitler established an African corps for the purpose of helping the Italian Axis powers. General Rommel and the Africa Korps was sent to Libya, where the British withdrew.
June 22, 1941 - December 1941
Here the battle of Leningrad occurred in an attempt for Germany to get close to Moscow. It was not necessarily a failure, but not a success.
Sea Asian Colonies
Japan wanted to create an empire in which Japanese industries would have access to natural resources in Southeast Asia. Japan defeated Burma, Singapore, and the Dutch East Indies.
December 7, 1941
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In response to the bombing, the U.S. joined the Allied side in the war.
Battle of Coral Sea
Japan fought with the U.S. in attempt to gain Australia and isolate the U.S., but failed.
Battle of Midway
June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942
Another battle between Japan and the U.S. This battle permanently weakened Japan's armed forces and left the U.S. with naval superiority.
Battle of Stalingrad
August 1942 - February 2, 1943
Germany tried to invade Stalingrad, but the Soviet army stopped the invasion. German soldiers were held siege in the city, and could not break the hold.
August 1942 - February 1943
Fought between the U.S. and Pacific Allies against Japan. This is the first major offensive by the Allies, and the U.S. succeeds.
November 8, 1942
This battle resulted in the Allied control of North Africa.
Battle of El Almein
July 1, 1943 - November 1943
Two battles occurred, in which Britain successfully defended the Suez Canal from Germany.
Invasion of Italy
Hitler sent troops into Italy. On September 3rd, the Italians were neutralized.
June 6, 1944 - August 1944
The battle of Normandy occurred, and three million soldiers were in France by the end of August. On the 25th, Paris was liberated.
Battle of the Bulge
December 16, 1944 - January 25, 1945
This was the final German offensive, in which they attacked Allied lines in the Belgian Ardennes Forest. The Germans were defeated, and were then continuously on defense from this point.
February 1945 - March 1945
The U.S. and Japanese fight, as the U.S. wanted to get a foothold near Japan. They are successful.
Battle of Okinawa
April 1945 - June 1945
Once again, the U.S. battles Japan. Kamikaze warfare is used, and the U.S. is successful.
Atomic Bomb (Hirsoshima and Nagasaki)
August 6, 1945 - August 9, 1945
The United States worked on building atomic bombs, on which they dropped on Japan. One was dropped in Hiroshima on August 6th, and the other was dropped in Nagasaki on August 9th. From this point, the Japanese surrender on September 2nd, 1945.