WWII Timeline

  • Vichy France Begins

    Vichy France and Germany sign armistice at Campaign in the same wagon-lit railroad car used by Marshal Ferdinand Foch to accept the surrender of Germany in 1918.
  • Battle for Britain

    The Battle of Britain is the name given to the air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. The objective of the campaign was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force, especially Fighter Command.
  • FDR approves Shoot on Sight

    Germany had been attacking US Ships In the early 1940’s FDR rfought back by the shoot on site Tactic (when you see an enemy you shoot) Merchant Vessel- trading Boats were being sunken so they were allowed to be armed to defend themselves
  • Japan Joins Axis

    Japan joined the axis because it didn't get in the way of itheir plans to dominate Asia, whereas the U.S. and Britain did. Germany allowed the Japanese to join soley to give the U.S. problems if a war were to break out.
  • MacArthur Returns

    MacArthur returns back to the Phillipines to help them return their own country to them, from the control of Germany.
  • Hitler invades Soviet Union

    Hitler invades Soviet Union
    Invasion of Soviet Union
    The Nazis went against the Non-Agression Agreement and invaded the Soviet Union which became known as the largest German military process in WWII.
  • Pearl Harbor attacked

    December 1941 Japan attacked the US fleet at Pearl Harbor. On 10 December 1941 Japanese troops invaded the Philippines. They captured Manila on 2 January 1941. By 6 May 1942 all of the Philippines were in Japanese hands.
  • Japanese Embassadors Arrived in Washington

    The Ambassador was instructed to deliver an important letter at 1:00 p.m. He was late, pushing this delivery to 1:45 p.m. He told the secretary that he needed more time to decode the message. The Secretary replied to the message with this, " I have never seen a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods "
  • Germany and Italy Declare War on U.S.

    After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor the United States declared war on Japan, seeing as though Japan was in the Axis Power, it was Germany and Italys job to back up Japan and help them fight the United States.
  • U.S. Forced to Leave Philippines

    Even after Pearl Harbor, Japan had a strong army that caused the US forces to deteriorate. The fighting was rigorous and devastating in the Philippines. FDR took the troops out in order to prevent any more American causualities.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan is a province of the Philippines occupying the whole of Bataan Peninsula on Luzon. The province is part of the Central Luzon region. The Battle of Bataan is famous in history as one of the last stands of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overwhelmed by the Japanese forces in World War II. The Bataan Death March was named for this province, where the infamous march started. This is also a location of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant located in Municipality of Morong.
  • Battle of Coral Sea

    Battle of Coral Sea
    Battle of the Coral Sea
    A major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the U.S. and Australia.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The Battle of Midway
    This battle is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of WWII.
  • Guadalcanal

    Alexander Vandergrift and 19,000 marines landed in Guadalcanal. They withstood attacks such as the Battle of Tanaru River, Bloody Ridge, and Matanikau River. Over 24,000 Japanese soldiers were sent there to fight.
  • Eisenhower and Forces land in North Africa

    By 1943, Allied forces under the command of Eisenhower had liberated North Africa and Sicily from the Axis and had eliminated Italy as an Axis power.
  • End of Battle of Stalingrad

    The cold winter came and the Soviet Union launched a desperate counterattack against the Germans. Because Hitler refused to allow a retreat, the German soldiers were surrounded, starving, and freezing.
  • Rome Falls

    The Germans had taken over Rome, as they called it an "open city" But U.S troops pushed Germany our of Rome. This was also called,"The “other” Epic Day in June."
  • D-Day

    The Normandy landings were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. The landings took place along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive, launched toward the end of World War II through the densely forested Ardennes Mountains region of Wallonia in Belgium, hence its French name and France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The Wehrmacht's code name for the offensive was Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein ("Operation Watch on the Rhine ").
  • U.S. flag raised on Mt. Suribachi

    The raising of the flag was an important event due to the fact that it had symbolized that the United States had conquered Iwo Jima.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    On April 30 Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin, and so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Dönitz.
  • V-E Day

    World War II Allies formally accepted the surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. V-E stands for Victory in Europe.
  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima, is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshū, the largest island of Japan. It became best known as the first city in history to be destroyed by a nuclear weapon when the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on it at 8:15 A.M. on August 6, 1945, near the end of World War II. Hiroshima gained municipality status on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1980, Hiroshima became a designated city. The city's current mayor is Tadato
  • Nagasaki

    The nuclear bomb called the "fat man" was sent over Nagaski. Just a few days after the bombing of Hiroshima. It is estimated that 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki.
  • V-J Day

    Victory in Japan Day. Japan formally surrenders aboard the USS Missouri.
  • Formal surrender of Japan

    In the morning of 2 September 1945, more that two weeks after accepting the Allies terms, Japan formally surrendered. The ceremonies, less than half an hour long, took place on board the battleship USS Missouri, anchored with other United States' and British ships in Tokyo Bay. It was an extensively photographed occasion, and, despite overcast weather, generated many memorable images.
  • Truman becomes President

    Truman becomes President
    President Truman
    Candidates: Harry Truman, Thomas Dewey, and Strom Thurmond. Truman won, overcoming a three-way split in his own party.