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Adv. U.S. 10 - WWII TImeline

  • Japanese Invasion of Manchuria

    Japanese Invasion of Manchuria
    The Japanese Empire began their conquest with the invasion of Chinese controlled Manchuria. The event escalated into the Second Sino-Japanese War. That, in turn, escalated into the Japanese conquest of World War II.
  • Italian Invasion of Ethiopia

    Italian Invasion of Ethiopia
    Facist Italy invaded the African nation of Ethiopia signaling a war in Europe. The Nations of Europe adopt a policy of appeasment towards the facist powers. The U.S. retains neutrality.
  • Germany Invasion of Poland

    Germany Invasion of Poland
    Nazi Germany invaded the nation of Poland. The Allied powers of Britian and France ended appeasment and delclared war on the Axis Powers. World War II begins in Europe.
  • Soviet Invasion of Poland Begins

    Soviet Invasion of Poland Begins
    The Soviet Union invades the nation of Poland and entered the war. Germany and the soviet Union divide the nation of Poland between themselves. This action foreshadows that the U.S.S.R. is fighting the war out of pesonal interest.
  • French Surrender

    French Surrender
    France signed the Second Armistice at Compiègne, surrendering to Germany. Britian was left as the only democracy in Europe and made every attempt to gain U.S. alliance in the war. Vichy France has little political prowess.
  • Battle of Britian Begins

    Battle of Britian Begins
    The British Royal Airforce Shockingly defeats the German Luftwaffe. Great Britian is spared as a nation and proved Hitler could be defeated.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    The Japanese empire conducted a surprise bombing on the American naval and airforce bases located in Pear Harbor, Hawaii. The attack led to U.S. involvement in the war and sparked national mobilization for war.
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    Bombing Campaing

    The Allied forces continually bomb various German targets such as oil refineries and military bases. The attacks began with the RAF bombing of Cologne, the first attack on German soil.
  • Battle of Midway Begins

    Battle of Midway Begins
    The Battle of Midway is often regarded as the turning point in the Pacific Theater. The Japanese conducted another assult on U.S. naval forces, however, intelligence allowed the U.S. to prepare for the battle. It was the first decisive victory for the U.S. navy against the Japanese. USA! USA!
  • Operation Barbarossa Begins

    Operation Barbarossa Begins
    Germany attempts another assualt on the Soviet Union. The operation fails. Millions of causualties are recorded and the Soviets destroy their own cities so the Germans cannot use them. The Seiges of Leningrad and Stalingrad exhaust the German military.
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    Guadal Canal Campaign

    The Campaign established the U.S. presence in the Japanese Pacific. The U.S. attacked the Japanese held Soloman Islands and established a base on the Island of Guadal Canal.
  • D Day

    Allied powers attack Normady beaches in the largest amphibious assault ever conducted. The lieration of Europe from Nazi control begins.
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    Mariana and Palau Islands campaign

    The Allied campaign was a series of seizing islands from the Japanese to gain a strategic advantage for recapturing the Philippines and neutralizing the Japanese threat in the Pacific.
  • Battle of the Philippine Sea Begins

    Battle of the Philippine Sea Begins
    The battle is often refered to as the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot" due to the fact that the U.S completely decimated the Japanese Navy as if it were a flock of wild turkey. The Japanese navy never recovered from the battle.
  • Allied Forces cross the Rhine River

    Allied Forces cross the Rhine River
    Allied powers entered Berlin from the Rhine river. Germany was losing the war. The city of Berlin was destroyed by the Nazis.
  • Battle of Okinawa Begins

    Battle of Okinawa Begins
    The Battle of Okinawa was one of the last major battles of WWII. The U.S. suffered heavy casualties to obtain the island, but it was strategically important as it allowed the U.S. to be within bombing range of mainland Japan. It was one of the last islands Japan retained territorial control of during the war.
  • German Sureender

    German Sureender
    Germany informally surrenders the war to the Allies. The war in Europe ends when Germany surrenders to the U.S.S.R. on May 9.
  • Bombing of Hiroshima

    Bombing of Hiroshima
    The U.S. initiated the first nuclear attack in history by bombing the japanese city of Hiroshima. The attack was followed by another nuclear strike on Nagasaki. The Japanese Empire could not defend itself from the U.S. bombs and Russian invasion. Japanese peace talks began shortly after the bombings.
  • Soviet Invasion of Manchuria

    Soviet Invasion of Manchuria
    The Invasion was the Soviet attack on Japanese territory. Japan realized it could not fight the Soviets and deffend itself from the U.S. bombing campaigns sucsessfully. Japan began talks of surrender.
  • Surrender of the Japanese Empire

    Surrender of the Japanese Empire
    The Japanese surrendered upon the USS Missouri and ended hostilities with all allied nations. The treaty also marked the end of World War II.