World War II

  • Nazi invasion of Polan

    Nazi invasion of Polan
    At dawn on September 1, 1939, the German army launched a ferocious assault across the Polish border. The Luftwaffe sent its bombers and fighters to attack airfields, rail heads, troop concentrations or anything else considered important to the command and movement of the Polish armed forces. The first Blitzkrieg had begun. One hour later German troops attacked from the north and south intent on encircling the Polish army. The Poles fell back only to find German troops in their rear.
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  • The battle of France

    The battle of France
    Battle of France was the German invasion of France and the Low Countries, which ended the Phoney War. The battle consisted of two main operations. In the first, Fall Gelb, German armoured units pushed through the Ardennes, to cut off and surround the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium. During the fighting, the British Expeditionary Force and many French soldiers were evacuated from Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo.
  • The Blitz

    The Blitz
    The first bombing of london leaves much of London in rubble and claims at least 40,000 British civilian lives. Before the raids begin, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated from London and sent to the countryside. During the Blitz, city residents frequently take shelter in the London Underground. Some, tired of going back and forth from home, move into the tube stations, where as many as 177,000 people
  • Italians invade Egypt.

    Italians invade Egypt.
    At the start of the war, Italian troops in Cyrenaica massively outnumbered British forces in Egypt. The Italians finally moved into Egypt in September 1940, leaving six divisions at Sidi Barrani. Two months later, the British attacked their camps there and intercepted a large column of retreating Italians at Buqbuq. In three days they took nearly 40,000 prisoners.The remnants of the Italian forces retreated to Bardia, in Cyrenaica. On 3 January 1941, the British began their attack. After only
  • United States military conscription bill passed

     United States military conscription bill passed
    Most Americans when war broke out in Europe were determined to stay out of it. The American Army at the time was almost non-existent as a major fighting force. Countries like Romania had larger armies. The fall of France shocked Americans into realizing that America needed a credible army. Congress passed the Selective Training andService Act, creating tghe country's first peacetime military conscription program. Conscription in America is commonly referred to as the
  • Nazis murder Jews at Kiev.

     Nazis murder Jews at Kiev.
    On September 29, the Germans posted notices in Kiev ordering the Jews to report the next day to the corner of Melnik and Dekhtyarev streets for relocation to other localities. The Germans expected 6,000 Jews to comply; instead, 30,000 reached the assembly point. The interior of the ravine was fenced with barbed wire and guarded by police, 33,771 Jews were shot, most of the victims were women, children, the elderly, and the il
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    The surprise was complete. The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53 AM, the second at 8:55. By 9:55 it was all over. By 1:00 PM the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan. Behind them they left chaos, 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. In one stroke the Japanese action silenced the debate that had divided Americans ever since the
  • Declaration of the United Nations

    Declaration of the United Nations
    Early in World War II, the representatives of nine European governments fled to London. Nazi Germany had conquered much of Europe and had driven these leaders from their homelands. Representatives of Britain and the Commonwealth nations met in London with leaders of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Yugoslavia.On Jan. 1, 1942, representatives of 26 nations signed the Declaration by United Nations. This was the first official use of the word
  • The invasion of normandy

    The invasion of normandy
    Which most of the people know it as D-Day, was an invasion and subsequent of the fall of France in 1940, the German army controlled the entire coast of Northern France. The Allied codename for the invasion of Normandy, involved more than 150,000 men and 5,000 ships. It consisted of American, British, Canadian, Polish, and Free French Armies under command of General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force
  • The first atomic bomb dropped on Japan

    The first atomic bomb dropped on Japan
    The first atomic bomb has been dropped by the United States aircraft knowed as a B-29 Superfortress, Which was called Enola Gay . on Japanese city of Hiroshima. Killing first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima. The Hiroshima prefectural health department estimates that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes.