Erik Antons WWII timeline Maxbauers

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    World War 2 Timeline

  • Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the Nazi Party

    Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the Nazi Party
    Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the Nazi party on July 29, 1921
  • Benito Mussolini becomes Prime Minister of Italy

    Benito Mussolini becomes Prime Minister of Italy
    Benito Mussolini becomes Prime Minister of Italy after the former Prime Minister steps down in fear of a civil war
  • Stalin becomes the leader of the USSR

    Stalin becomes the leader of the USSR
    After the death of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin takes over as the leader of the USSR
  • Japan invades Manchuria

    Japan  invades Manchuria
    Japan invades Manchuria starting their attack on China
  • Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany
    Adlof Hitler becomes the Chancellor of Germany establishing the third reich
  • The U.S begins to pass neutrality acts

    The U.S begins to pass neutrality acts
    Congress begins to pass neutrality acts to prevent the U.S from entering war
  • Italy invades Ethiopia

    Italy invades Ethiopia
    Fascist Italy invades Ethiopia and later is annexed in May of 1936
  • Hitler begins military build-up

    Hitler begins military build-up
    Going against the Versailles treaty Germany starts to build up military strength eventually leading into World War II
  • Germany invades the Rhinelands

    Germany invades the Rhinelands
    Hitler orders his army into the Rhinelands heading toward the west. Hitlers army could have been easily defeated but neither Britain or France was prepared to go to war
  • Civil War breaks out in Spain

    Civil War breaks out in Spain
    Civil War begins in Spain after Fransisco Franco and his group of conservative generals rebel against the Second Spanish Republic
  • Japan invades China

    Japan invades China
    Japan invades China and over a period of six weeks brutally murder and rape people
  • Munich Agreement

    Munich Agreement
    The Munich Agreement gave Hitler Sudetenland, a portion of Czechoslovakia populated by people who mainly spoke German. Hitler promised he would seek no further territory but only a few months later the Nazis controlled the remainder of Czechoslavakia.
  • Invasion of Poland

    Invasion of Poland
    Germany invaded Poland from the west forcing Britain and France to declare war on Germany. The USSR invaded from the east but only got a portion of the land that was once Poland.
  • Non-agression pact

    Non-agression pact
    A pact between Germany and the USSR which said that they would not attack each other. A second secret pact also said that they would split Poland between them.
  • The Fall of France

    The Fall of France
    Britain sent troops to France to help resist the assault. They were quickly overpowered though and were forced back to Deunkirk, a French port in the English Channel. Britain sent every available ship and boat over to Dunkirk to rescue the trapped soldiers. On June 22, 1940 France fell to Germany.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    After Germany defeated France they began to assemble an invasion fleet to go across the English Channel into Britain. German planes bombed British Cities and Air Force bases but the British never quit. Civilians slept in the subways at night and cleaned up the streats during the day. But their morale was never broken and soon the British were able to defeat the onslaught of German planes.
  • Lend-Lease act

    Lend-Lease act
    The lend-lease act was a deal that the U.S could lend weapons and other supplies to countries whos defense was vital to the U.S
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    A day that will live in infamy. The Japanese pulled off a suprise attack that attacked a naval base on pearl harbor. It damaged many of the U.S's battle ships and planes and killed thousands of people.
  • Battle of the Atlantic

    Battle of the Atlantic
    After the U.S entered the war Hitler ordered his U-boats to attack U.S ships in the atlantic to stop supplies from reaching Europe
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    This was known as the turning point in the battle of the Pacific. The U.S used a strategy known as "island hoping" where they would capture one island and go around others
  • North African Front

    North African Front
    Led by Dwight D. Eisenhower the U.S invaded the Axis controlled north Africa
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    British, France, and the U.S build up a large invasion force in Britain and they cross the English Channel into France. Thousands of men died but in the end they managed to defeat the Nazis.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    The Germans pushed back part of the U.S front creating a bulge in the U.S forces surrounding part of the army
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    This island was a crutiial spot for the U.S in order to defeat the Japanese Empire. From there U.S bombers would be able to reach the main island of Japan. The Japanese fought bravely and many men died.
  • Okinawa

    Okinawa
    The other island that the U.S needed to attack Japan. The Japanese fought to the death and even when they were about to be defeated the Japanese would jump off of cliffs and kill themselves rather than getting captured
  • V-E Day

    V-E Day
    Known as Victory in Europe or V-E day it's the day when the third reich surrenders ending war in Europe
  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima
    Hiroshima was the first of the two places where the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Japan.
  • Nagasaki

    Nagasaki
    Nagasaki was the second place where the atomic bomb was dropped. It killed approximately 200,000 people
  • V-J day

    V-J day
    Victory of Japan day or V-J Day was the day when the Empire of Japan surrendered