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  • Nazi invasion of Poland

    Nazi invasion of Poland
    The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. From East Prussia and Germany in the north and Silesia and Slovakia in the south, German units, with more than 2,000 tanks and over 1,000 planes, broke through Polish defenses along the border and advanced on Warsaw in a massive encirclement attack. After heavy shelling and bombing, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27, 1939.
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  • German Troops enter Paris

    German Troops enter Paris
    German troops marched into Paris in the early hours of this morning as French and allied forces retreated.
    The enemy met no resistance as it entered the capital, which was declared an open town yesterday by the city's French military governor, General Hering.
  • Hitler begins Operation Barbarossa

    Hitler begins Operation Barbarossa
    The invasion breaks the non-aggression pact signed by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939.The pact has since been described by the German leader, Adolf Hitler, as a stain on Germany's record. Initial reports suggest that the German troops have made rapid progress.
  • Atlantic Charter

    Atlantic Charter
    The Atlantic Charter served as a foundation stone for the later establishment of the United Nations, setting forth several principles for the nations of the world, including -- the renunciation of all aggression, right to self-government, access to raw materials, freedom from want and fear, freedom of the seas, and disarmament of aggressor nations.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.
  • Battle of Kursk

     Battle of Kursk
    The Kursk salient that the Germans hoped to surround and destroy was a result of the battles in the winter and spring of 1943. After the Soviets surrounded Stalingrad and forced the Germans out of the Caucasus, their offensive did not stop. It continued westward, taking important cities such as Rostov and Kharkov. However, the Red Army overextended itself, and was ripe for a counterattack. The riposte destroyed many of the Soviet units and cleared much of the territory they had taken.
  • Italy's Surrender Announced

    Italy's Surrender Announced
    Italy has signed an unconditional armistice with the Allies, General Dwight D Eisenhower has announced.
    The surrender was signed five days ago in secret by a representative of Marshal Pietro Badoglio, Italy's prime minister since the downfall of Benito Mussolini in July.
  • D-Day

    160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.“We will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
  • 1st atomic bomb dropped on Japan

    1st atomic bomb dropped on Japan
    "It was to spare the Japanese people from utter destruction that the ultimatum of July 26, was issued at Potsdam. Their leaders promptly rejected that ultimatum. If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the like of which has never been seen on this earth." -President Truman