World War Two Timeline

  • Battle for Britain

    Germany's direct assault on Britain during WWII
  • Vichy France begins

  • Hitler breaks non-aggression agreement and invades soviet union

  • Pearl Harbor Attacked

    Pearl Harbor Attacked December 7th, 1941, a Japanese fleet of 6 carriers attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, starting at 7:55 am. There was no warning, and the area was devastated; 8 battleships were severely damaged (2 still are on the harbor bottom), 200 aircrafts were destroyed, and over 2,400 Americans were killed (even non-combatants.) Only 30 Japanese planes were lost, and the fleet returned to Japan. Back at Washington, Japanese diplomats were supposed to deliver official rejection of American offers at diplomac
  • Germany and Italy declare war on the U.S.

    After Pearl Harbor (December 7) the U.S. declared war on Japan. Because Japan was their ally, Germany and Italy both declared war on the U.S. (although the U.S. was already providing nations against Germany and Italy with supplies.)
  • U.S. Forced Out of Philippines

    U.S. Forced Out of Philippines
    In the Philippines Campaign the United States and Philippine forces were being attacked by Japanese invasion forces that, while outnumbered by American forces, were better trained and equipped. In March the leader of the U.S. forces (General MacArthur) was reassigned to Australia and a new commander (General Wainwright) took over. By May the Japanese had overrun the U.S. and Philippine forces, and on the 6th General Wainwright unconditionally surrendered the Philippines to the Japanese.
  • Battle of Coral Sea

    Battle of Coral Sea
    The Battle of Coral Sea was the first major U.S. victory of the war. The U.S. launched airplanes from aircarriers to stop multiple Japanese ships carrying forces that were going to attack Australia. The use of airplanes was crucial in this, ironically, naval battle, as most casualties on either side were a result of airplane bombings. By defeating the Japanese here, the U.S. seriously undermined the future of any more Japanese attack plans for that area.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway Battle of Midway was fought in the Central Pacific (near Midway island) between the Japanese and the U.S. Pacific Fleet on June 4, 1942. Before this naval battle, Japan was on the offensive. After this battle, in which 4 aircraft carriers and 245 airplanes (Japanese) were destroyed, Japan's moves became largely defensive. This was a turning point in the war in the Pacific.
  • Guadalcanal

    On August 7th U.S. Marines landed at Guadalcanal in the Pacific as part of a 6 month campaign to defeat the Japanese in WWII.
  • End of Battle of Stalingrad

  • Rome Falls

  • D-Day

    D-Day known as D-Day (the complete name being “1944 D-Day Operation Overlord”), June 6, 1944 was the day the Battle of Normandy began, with the Allies moving in to help free European nations from Nazi occupation. 3 million troops from England arrived in Normandy, France (which was occupied by the Germans), with parachute landings, and air/naval attacks being followed by an arrival of troops via water (storming Normandy beeches.) Casualties were heavy, but when the battle ended Paris was liberated
  • Battle of the Bulge In December of 1944 the Battle of the Bulge was the last major offense of the Axis powers in WWII, in which German forces pushed the Allies back into Belgium, and killed/wounded/captured almost 85,000 American soldiers. But, the Germans were driven back once reinforcements from General Patton came in, leading to an Allied victory that cost Germany significantly in manpower and resources. This effected German morale significantly, with many admitting that the Allies would win the war.
  • Truman Becomes President

    President Roosevelt suddenly died on April 12 in the midst of WWII, leaving Truman, his Vice President, to take over.
  • Hitler Commits Suicide As Allied forces closed Germany in, Hitler realized that the war was essentially over and the Allies were winning. So, he retreated to his bunker with his wife, and at 3:30 pm guards found him shot in the head and his wife dead from a poison capsule.
  • Formal Surrender of Japan

    After Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed with the atom bomb, Japan unconditionally surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri battleship, ending WWII