APUSH Unit 7 Timeline Part 4 WWII

  • Nazi Germany Invaded Poland

    Nazi Germany Invaded Poland
    This invasion started the beginning of WWII.
  • Sitzkrieg

    Sitzkrieg
    Known as the Phony War, it was the 8 month period in the beginning of WWII where France and Britain declared war on Germany but didn’t make a military advance toward them.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    This was a battle between German and British air forces and it was a turning point in WWII when Germany lost air superiority to Britain.
  • Destroyers-for-Bases Deal

    Destroyers-for-Bases Deal
    This was between the United States and Great Britain where Britain exchanged leases for British naval and air bases for U.S destroyers.
  • America First Committee

    America First Committee
    The America First Committee was launched to deter America from entering into WWII.
  • Congress Instituted the Draft

    Congress Instituted the Draft
    The Draft was instituted to get young men in place for America entering the war later on.
  • Four Freedoms

    Four Freedoms
    The Four Freedoms were goals that, according to Franklin D. Roosevelt, "everyone in the world" should enjoy, which are Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
  • Battle of Bataan

    Battle of Bataan
    This battle was between Japan and the U.S. where Japanese soldiers overwhelmed Allied forces after the Pearl Harbor attack.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    The Lend-Lease Legislation allowed U.S allies to lease out weapons without the U.S getting too involved in the war.
  • USS Kearny Attacked

    USS Kearny Attacked
    The USS Kearny was torpedoed by a German U-boat but didn’t sink due to the crew confining the flooding to one area and getting the ship out of the danger zone.
  • Reuben James Sank

    Reuben James Sank
    The Reuben James was the first U.S ship to sink in WWII.
  • Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
    On this day, Japanese fighter planes bombed the American naval base in Hawaii and the following day the U.S declared war on Japan.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    The March took place after the U.S surrender of the Bataan Peninsula where U.S and Filipino captives had to trek 65 miles to prison camps by the Japanese who treated them harshly and many captives died on their way there.
  • Battle of Coral Sea

    Battle of Coral Sea
  • Manhattan Project Began

    Manhattan Project Began
    The Manhattan Project was signed off for by President Roosevelt to secretly develop a nuclear weapon.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    6 months after the Pearl Harbor incident, this battle between the Japanese and the U.S. was a turning point in WWII for the allie when the U.S defeated the Japanese and put themsleves in a offensive position.
  • Fat Man Dropped on Nagasaki

    Fat Man Dropped on Nagasaki
    U.S troops dropped another A-bomb on this city killing approximately 40,000 people and making Emperor Hirohito surrender on August 15.
  • Battle of El Alamein

    Battle of El Alamein
    This battle between the Bristish Empire and the German-Italian army that amrked the ending of the North African Campain between them, the allies taking the victory.
  • Casablanca Conference

    Casablanca Conference
    This was a meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill in Casablanca, Morocco that finalized the plans of the Allies against the Axis and promoted the policy of “unconditional surrender”.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    This was a battle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia fought on the Eastern front and was a victory for Russia, pushing Germany away from total victory.
  • Tehran Conference

    Tehran Conference
    The Tehran Conference was a meeting between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin to coordinate their military strategies against Germany and Japan.
  • Island Hopping Campaign Begins

    Island Hopping Campaign Begins
    Island hopping was a strategy used by Allied forces to take over Japanese bases by "hopping" form island to island in WWII, the first island captured being Tarawa.
  • France fell to Germany

    France fell to Germany
    German soldiers truged through the Ardennes forest, passing the strong French frontier defence, invading other european countries, and crodding over the Meuse River into France, battling mercilessly with the Allies and, after a month, Germany took over the capital.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    Also known as Operation Overlord, it was the invasion of over 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces into France to take power from Nazi Germany.
  • MacArthur returned to the Phillipines

    MacArthur returned to the Phillipines
    General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Phillipines after he was forced to flee in 1942.
  • FDR elected to a 4th Term

    FDR elected to a 4th Term
    This was an important event because Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president with more than 2 terms because of the way he led.
  • The Battle of the Bulge

    The Battle of the Bulge
    This was a battle where Hitler attempted to split up the allies in Europe by a surprise blitzkrieg, trying to cripple them but his attempts proved fatal when Lieutenant General George S. Patton turned the Third Army away.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    This conference was the second meeting between Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt where they discussed Germany’s unconditional surrender and began plans for after the war.
  • Battle of Iwo JIma

    Battle of Iwo JIma
    This was an invasion by U.S marines on the island of Iwo JIma against Japanese army and navy soldiers and the victory of the U.S was depicted by the raising of the flag by U.S troops over Mount Suribachi.
  • The Battle of Okinawa

    The Battle of Okinawa
    Marked as the bloodiest battle of the Pacific, this battle was the last of the Pacific battles in WWII between the Allies and the Japanese, both generals on each side died, and the allies barely won.
  • FDR Died/ Harry Truman becomes president

    FDR Died/ Harry Truman becomes president
    Truman was rushed to the White House and informed by Elanor Roosevelt that the president was dead and Truman put into office quickly and was left with the duty to pick up where the president left off.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    This was the day that the U.S and Great Britain celebrated the victory of the Allies in Europe.
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    This conference was the last of the WWII meetings by the “Big Three” heads of state and consisted of Truman, Churchill (Attlee), and Stalin and they discussed an establishment of a Council of Foreign Ministers and an Allied Control Council for the administration of Germany.
  • Little Boy Dropped on Hiroshima

    Little Boy Dropped on Hiroshima
    The U.S dropped the first ever atomic bomb over the city, wiping 90% of its occupants.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    This was the official day of the Victory over Japan, virtually ending WWII.
  • Nuremberg Trials

    Nuremberg Trials
    The trials were conducted to bring Nazi war criminals to justice, resulting in high ranking officials put to death and put in prison for crimes against peace and humanity.
  • Japanese War Crime Trials

    Japanese War Crime Trials
    In Tokyo, 28 Japanese military and government officials were put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity during WWII, 25 of being found guilty and of that 25, 16 were punished to life in prison and 7 were sentenced to death, such as Tojo and Matsui.