The Course of World War II

Europe at War

Polish Lines


The forces of the blitzkrieg broke quickly through Polish lines and encircled the bewildered polish troops

Dividing Poland

September 28 1939

Germany and the Soviet Union divided Poland

Hitler's Early Victories

Denmark and Norway

April 9 1940

Hitler resumed his attack on Denmark and Norway


May 10 1940

Germany launched an attack on the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

Three-Fifths of France

June 22 1940

German armies now occupied about three-fifths of France

The Battle of Britain

German Air Force


The German air force launched a major offensive. German planes bombed British air and naval bases, harbors, communication centers, and war industries

British Strength


Hitler hoped to break British morale instead because military targets were not being hit the British were able to rebuild their air strength quickly

Attack on the Soviet Union

Scheduled Attack


Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union was scheduled for spring

Invasion Before Winter

June 22 1941

Hitter invaded the Soviet Union believing it could be decisively defeated before the brutal winter weather set in


December 1941

A soviet army came as an ominous ending to the year for the Germans

Japan at War

Attack on Pear Harbor

December 7 1941

Japanese aircraft attacked the U.S naval base at Pear Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands

Under Japanese Control


Almost all of all Southeast Asia and much of the western Pacific had fallen into Japanese hands

The Allies Advance

Grand Allaince


The entry of the Americans into the war created a new coalition the Great Alliance: the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union



The allies agreed to fight until the axis powers- Germany, Italy, and Japan surrendered unconditionally

The European Theatre

Still in the Game


It appeared that the Germans might still prevail on the battlefield

Counter attack

November 1942 - February 2 1943

The soviets launched a counterattack. German troops were stopped them encircled and supply lines were cut off all in frigid conditions

North Africa

November 1942

British and American forces invaded French North Africa

The Asian Theatre



Allied forces in Asia were gathering for two operations

Battle of Coral Sea

May 7 1942 - May 8 1942

In the battle of Coral Sea American naval forces stopped the Japanese advance and saved Australia from the threat of invasion

Last Years of the War

Turning Point


The tide of battle had turned against Germany, Italy, and Japan


May 13 1943

Axis forces in Tunisia surrendered

The European Theatre

Naval Invasion

June 6 1944

Allied forces under U.S general Dwight D. Eisenhower landed on the beaches of Normandy in history's greatest naval invasion


April 30 1945

Hitler committed suicide two days after Mussolini had been shot by Italian partisans

War Is Over

May 7 1945

German commanders surrendered the war in Europe was finally over

The Asian Theatre


August 4 1941 - August 7 1941

Truman decided to use atomic bombs. The first atomic bomb w dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki

U.S. Forces


U.S forces had gone offensive and advanced slowly at times across the pacific

Growing Closer


Allied military power grew closer to the main Japanese islands