Events for World War II

  • U-Boats Sink Merchant Vessels

    The first U-boat was sunk, causing battles at sea between the two sides
  • Vichy France Begins

    France was divided into a German occupation zone in the north and west and a nominally independent state in the south, dubbed Vichy France, based on the spa town of Vichy.
  • Battle For Britain

    The battle of Britain was an air campaign waged by the german air force. The objective was to gain air superiority over the royal air force.
  • Japanese Joins Axis

    Japan joined in a military alliance with Germany and Italy and signed the Tripartite Pact in September 1940.
  • FDR approves "shoot on sight" act

    Hitler wanted to avoid war, but FDR put the Shoot on sight act in to make incidents the were condemed inevitable happen.
  • Hitler Breaks the Non Agression pact and Invades Poland

    Hitler broke the non-aggression pact which said they would not invade. He invaded poland and quickly overran.
  • Pearl Harbor Attacked

    Pearl Harbor Attacked
    Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, was attacked by Japanese torpedo and bomber planes on December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time. The sneak attack sparked outrage in the American populace, news media, government and the world.
  • Japanese Ambassadors Arrive in DC

    The Japanese Ambassador stated that he had been instructed to deliver at 1:00 p.m. the document which he handed the Secretary, but that he was sorry that he had been delayed owing to the need of more time to decode the message. The Secretary asked why he had specified one o'clock. The Ambassador replied that he did not know but that that was his instruction.
  • Germany and Italy Declare War Against the United States

    Germany and Italy have announced they are at war with the United States. America immediately responded by declaring war on the two Axis powers
  • MacArthur Returns

    was an American general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was a Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was a highly decorated soldier of the war, receiving the Medal of Honor for his early service in the Philippines
  • MacArthur Promisese to Return

    He recieved the medal of honor then promised to return, He needed to gain up men then he would return when he had more power.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    took place in the Philippines in 1942 and was later accounted as a Japanese war crime. The 60-mile (97 km) march occurred after the three-month Battle of Bataan, part of the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42), during World War II. In Japanese.
  • Battle Of Coral Sea

    fought during May 4–8, 1942, was 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 United States (U.S.) 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

    is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, approximately one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea and six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attack against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese.
  • Guadalcanal

    Also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was fought between August 7, 1942 and February 9, 1943 on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theatre of World War II. Fiercely contested on the ground, at sea, and in the air, the campaign was the first major offensive launched by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.
  • Eisenhower Forces land in Africa

    Dwight Eisenhower was the Allies Supreme Commander in the lead up to D-Day and in the actual landings in Normandy. He commanded the Allied forces in the last great counter-attack by the Germans in World War Two – the Battle of the Bulge. Eisenhower was one of the most important generals of World War Two and one who went on to greater success as president of America from 1953 to 1961.
  • End Of 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 took place between 17 July 1942 and 2 February 1943, and is often cited as one of the turning points of the war.The battle was among the bloodiest in the history of warfare, with the upper estimates of combined casualties coming to nearly two million.
  • Sicily Falls

    During World War II, Sicily was the scene of heavy fighting. The Allies launched an invasion from North African bases on July 9-10, 1943. Patton landed forces at Licata and Gela and Montgomery landed at several places south of Syracuse. By the end of the year the facists were overthrown and Italy. under a provisional military government led by Pietro Badoglio, joined the Allies. The Nazi still held central and northern Italy.
  • Rome Falls

    Fieldmarshal Kesselring's Tenth and Fourteenth Armies had been whipped on the southern approaches to Rome. To defend the city itself would have been anti-climactic. And so, when the Germans pulled out of the Italian capital, it was not only in the interests of the Pope and the survival of time-worn Roman monuments, but more for the establishment of a hurried defense line to the north.
  • D-Day

    beginning at 6:30 AM British Double Summer Time (UTC+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.
  • Kamikaze attack Begins

    On this day in 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly--to both sides.
  • Battle of Bulge

    German offensive (die Ardennenoffensive), launched towards the end of World War II through the densely forested Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium
  • Flag Raised On Mount Suribachi

    Flag Raised On Mount Suribachi
    A historic event photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
  • Okinawa Taken

    Was conquered in 82 days
  • Truman Becomes President

    Harry Truman inherited the presidency from Franklin D. Roosevelt just before the end of World War II (1939–45), and made the fateful decision, three months later, to use atomic bombs to end the war against Japan. He helped create the United States's superpower role in the Cold War and led the nation into the Korean War (1950–53), while maintaining the tradition of Roosevelt's New Deal in his domestic "Fair Deal" program.
  • Hitler Commits Suicide

    is suicide by gunshot
  • Hiroshima

    After six months of intense strategic fire-bombing of 67 Japanese cities the Japanese government ignored an ultimatum given by the Potsdam Declaration. By executive order of President Harry S. Truman the U.S. dropped the nuclear weapon "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945
  • Nagasaki

    detonation of "Fat Man" over Nagasaki on August 9. These are the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.
  • V-J Day

  • Formal Surrender Of Japan

    In the morning of 2 September 1945, more that two weeks after acceping 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.