World War II Timeline

  • Vichy France Begins

    The government of France from July 1940 to August 1944. This government suceeded the Third Republic.
  • Battle For Britain

    Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy), told Hitler that an invasion could only be contemplated as a last resort, and only then with full air superiority.
  • Japan joins Axis

    This was the group which Hitler and Musolili formed and wanted the world to revolve around Berlin and Rome.
  • Hitler breaks Non-Aggression agreement and invades the Soviet Union

    Hitler breaks Non-Aggression agreement and invades the Soviet Union
    The non- agression agreement was signed by Hitler and the Soviets. It said that they would not go to war with each other. Hitler wanted to sign this so hat he could go in and take west Poland and give the Soviets East Poland.
  • FDR approves “shoot on sight”

    FDR was fed up with the Germans, and now gave them ther permission to shoot Germans when they were seen.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor was an unannounced military strike conducted by the Japanese navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It resulted in the United States' entry into World War II. The attack consisted of two aerial attack waves totaling 353 aircraft, launched from six Japanese aircraft carriers.
  • Japanese ambassadors arrive in Washington, DC

    Memorandum was given to the secretary from the Japanese Ambasador.
  • Germany and Italy Declare War on U.S.

    The United States declared war on Japan the day after the Japanese attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941). In response, Italy and Germany, Japan’s allies, declared war on the United States, making the U.S. a full partner in the war against Germany.
  • MacArthur Promises To Return

    MacArthur Promises To Return
    In the town of Terowie in South Australia, US Army General Douglas MacArthur told journalists his now-famous quote, "I came out of Bataan and I shall return". This promise takes more than two years to fulfill and costs thousands of lives, but it was a promise desperately needed by a nation that was struggling in a dark hour of fear and doubt.
  • Bataan Death March

    The Bataan Death March began at Mariveles on April 10, 1942. Any troops who fell behind were executed. Japanese troops beat soldiers randomly, and denied the POWs food and water for many days. One of their tortures was known as the sun treatment. The Philippines in April is very hot. Therefore, the POWs were forced to sit in the sun without any shade, helmets, or water. Anyone who dared ask for water was executed.
  • Battle of Coral Sea

    Battle of Coral Sea
    The Battle of the Coral Sea was a major naval battle in the Pacific of World War II. It was between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. The battle was the first fleet action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other. It was also the first naval battle in history in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The Battle of Midway was regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II.
  • U-boats Sink Merchant Vessels

    This happened during the battle of St. Lawrence. On this date was the first time a U-boat sank a vessel.
  • Guadalcanal

    On August 7, 1942, Allied forces, predominantly American, landed on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida (Nggela Sule) in the southern Solomon Islands with the objective of denying their use by the Japanese as bases to threaten supply routes between the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.
  • General Eisenhower and his forces land in North Africa

    When General Eisenhower and his forces get into North Africa it was called Operation Torch. Operation Torch took place November 8, 1942, during World War II.
  • End of Battle of Stalingrad

    The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in southwestern Russia. The battle involved more participants than any other, and was marked by brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It is often cited as one of the turning points in the war.
  • Sicily Falls

    During the early stages of the Second World War the island was under the control of Benito Mussolini and his fascist government. At the Casablanca Conference held in January 1943, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to launch an invasion of Sicily. It was hoped that if the island was taken Italy might withdraw from the war. The capture of the island made it possible to clear the way for Allied shipping in the Mediterranean.
  • Rome Falls

    The Eternal City burst into falmes just one day before another mighty army sailed against Normandy.
  • 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.
  • Kamikaze attacks begin

    On October 21, 1944, the flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia, was hit by a Japanese plane carrying a 441-pound bomb, off Leyte Island. Although the bomb did not explode, the damage was devastating — killing at least 30 crew members.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    Adolph Hitler directed an ambitious counteroffensive with the objective of regaining the initiative in the west and compelling the Allies to settle for a negotiated peace.
  • US Flag Raised on Mt. Suribachi

    United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raise the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
  • Truman Becomes President

    Truman Becomes President
    Truman did not become preident because he was voted in, he became president because President Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Georgia. Becasue Truman was vice-president he became president.
  • Hitler Commits Suicide

    Hitler killed himslef by shooting into his right temple. Eva Braun, his wife who killed her self on the same day, had died from swallowing poison.
  • V-E Day

    This is the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
  • Okinawa Taken

    Japanese troops were defeated on the Pacific island of Okinawa after one of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War II. Having seized the Ryukyu Islands from Japanese control, the United States next prepared to launch an onslaught against the Japanese mainland.
  • Hiroshima

    This was another city bombed in Japan by the United States with an atomic bomb.
  • Nagasaki

    The United States dropped an atomic bomb against Japan in Nagasaki.
  • V- J Day

    Victory over Japan which ended World War II.
  • Formal Surrender of Japan

    Formal Surrender of Japan
    The surrender of Japan in August 1945 brought hostilities in World War II to a close.
  • MacArthur returns

    This is when MacArthur returns, and he fufils his promise at which he had said to everyone before getting on the train.