Events in World War II

  • Hitler is leader of the Nazi Party

    Hitler is leader of the Nazi Party
    By 1921, Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party. He told Germans that they were the 'master race' and would rule over every other race and religion.
  • Mussolini's army threatens to overthrow Italy's government

    Mussolini's army threatens to overthrow Italy's government
    Mussolini and his army threatened to overthrow Italy's government and in return, Italy's king appointed Mussolini as prime minister. Mussolini turned Italy into the world's first Fascist state.
  • Josef Stalin is sole dictator of the Soviet Union

    Josef Stalin is sole dictator of the Soviet Union
    Josef Stalin turned the Soviet Union into a totalitarian state, ordering peasants to give crops, animals, and land to government run farms. Millions of people who didn't obey were sent to labor camps.
  • President Hoover rejects the Roosevelt Corollary

    President Hoover rejects the Roosevelt Corollary
    Hoover declared that the United States no longer claimed the right to intervene in Latin American affairs.
  • Japanese army seizes Manchuria

    Japanese army seizes Manchuria
    Acting without the approval of their government, the Japanese army seizes Manchuria in northeastern China. The League of Nations took no action.
  • Congress passes the Neutrality Act

    Congress passes the Neutrality Act
    On August 31, 1935, Congress passed the Neutrality Act in attempts to keep America out of the war.
  • Mussolini's armies invade Ethiopia

    Mussolini's armies invade Ethiopia
    Mussolini's army invaded Ethiopia sometime in October of 1935. The Ethiopians tried to fight them off, but their weapons were too outdated.
  • Militarists are in complete control of the Japanese government

    Militarists are in complete control of the Japanese government
    Like Nazi Germany, Japanese militarists preached racism. The Japanese thought that they were superior to all other Asians as well as non-Asians.
  • Hitler sends his troops into the Rhineland

    Hitler sends his troops into the Rhineland
    On March 7, 1936, Adolf Hitler sent his troops into the Rhineland with plans to unite Austria with Germany because he believed that they were one country.
  • Japan steps up its agression in China

    Japan steps up its agression in China
    Japanese armies treated the Chinese brutally, attacking the Chinese village of Nanjing for six weeks.
  • European Leaders meet in Munich

    European Leaders meet in Munich
    European leaders met in Munich, Germany in September 1938 because Hitler was threatening to invade Czechoslovakia. They were trying to put it to a stop.
  • Kristallnacht, Nazis start rounding up Jews

    Kristallnacht, Nazis start rounding up Jews
    On the nights of November 9th and 10th, 1938, the Nazis went around Germany burning down synagogues and taking Jews into the streets and seriously injuring or flat out killing them. They also rounded up the first Jews on those nights.
  • Hitler occupies Czechoslovakia

    Hitler occupies Czechoslovakia
    Despite attempts to stop him, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia in March 1939.
  • Hitler and Stalin sign a nonaggression pact

    Hitler and Stalin sign a nonaggression pact
    In August of 1939, Hitler and Stalin, two sworn enemies, signed a nonaggression pact that was supposed to last ten years, but was violated two years later when Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
  • Nazi troops invade Poland

    Nazi troops invade Poland
    On September 1, 1939, Hitler sent his troops into Poland. Two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany, starting World War 2.
  • Stalin's armies seize Eastern Poland

    Stalin's armies seize Eastern Poland
    Stalin's armies took eastern Poland 16 days after Hitler's troops invaded.
  • Hitler's armies move north

    Hitler's armies move north
    In April 1940, Hitler's armies moved north into Denmark and Norway.
  • France surrenders to Germany

    France surrenders to Germany
    On June 22, 1940, France fell to Germany after a month of trying to fight them off.
  • Congress sets up the first peacetime draft in American history

    Congress sets up the first peacetime draft in American history
    In September 1940, Congress passed a law that set up the first peacetime draft in American history because America could be pulled into the war at any time.
  • Hitler breaks his agreement with Stalin

    Hitler breaks his agreement with Stalin
    On June 22, 1941, Hitler's troops marched into the Soviet Union, breaking Hitler's agreement with Stalin. The Union, in return, joined forces with Britain in fighting Germany.
  • America is drawn into the war

    America is drawn into the war
    Events in Asia finally drew America into the war. Japan invaded the French colony of Indochina. Roosevelt, in return, banned American exports of iron and steel scrap to Japan.
  • Roosevelt and Churchill issue the Atlantic Charter

    Roosevelt and Churchill issue the Atlantic Charter
    Roosevelt and Churchill agreed that their nations would not try to gain territory from the war and emphasized the right of people to choose their own government.
  • Churchill and FDR issue the Atlantic Charter

    Churchill and FDR issue the Atlantic Charter
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, destroying naval, air, and ground forces on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
  • Japanese Americans are put into isolation camps

    Japanese Americans are put into isolation camps
    Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR started putting Japanese Americans into internment camps to isolate them. Nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were in these camps.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
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    Battle of Midway

    The Japanese wanted to take Midway island by engaging the U.S. naval force that they greatly outnumbered. The U.S. had broken the Japanese naval code and was prepared for the attack when it happened. The U.S. won the battle and it was a turning point for us in the war on the Pacific.
  • Zoot Suit Riots

    Zoot Suit Riots
  • Italy surrenders

    Italy surrenders
    In July of 1943, Italy surrendered and Mussolini was dismissed as prime minister of Italy.
  • D-Day Invasion

    D-Day Invasion
    On June 6th, 1944, American and British soldiers invaded collaborated France on the beach at Normandy. The invasion was successful, and started a chain of battles that eventually freed France.
  • France retaken by Allied Forces

    France retaken by Allied Forces
    In August of 1944, France was retaken from Germany by Allied Forces.
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    Battle Of The Bulge

    This was the last offensive battle of the German forces.
  • FDR Dies, Truman becomes president

  • V-E Day, War ends in Europe

    On May 8th, 1945, Germany surrendered to Allied Forces and the war ended in Europe