On this day Adolf Hitler was giving the title of chancellor by the German Reichstag. He was a very public political figure at the time and he had taken advantage of the fact that he was a veteran of the first world war, and the fact that Germany was in an economic depression.
Germany Creates the First Concentration Camp
The first concentration camp is open in Dachau Germany. This would set the stage for 12 years more with the creations of dozens of extermination concentration camps.
President Hindenburg Dies
The president of Germany dies, causing Hitler to gain control over all of Germanys assets and power
Nuremberg Race Laws
These documents were extremely racist and anti-Semitic that took basic human rights from jews in Germany
Annexation of Austria
On this day Nazi Germany annexes Austria in an attempt to unite the German speaking nations
This agreement let Germany get some land from the Czechs. This was used to try and cool down Adolf Hitler
Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
This was signed by the Germans and the Soviets as an agreement to not attack each other.
Invasion of Poland
On this day Germany invades Poland. This event is seen as the start of WWII by most historians. Germany introduces the Blitzkrieg strategy. The Germans won.
Battle of France
This is the invasion of France by the Germans that ended up conquering Paris. The French put up a well fought fight to protect their nation, but the Blitzkrieg method proved to be too much. This was important because this shows that Germany can defeat countries that were once very powerful during past wars like WWI. The Germans won.
Battle of Britain Starts
The most deadly British air encounter over a large period of time, this event changed many aspects of the war including the Lend Lease act that gave the British a lot of supplies from the U.S
Germany Offically Joins the Axis Powers
The Germans join the Axis powers joining Italy and later Japan in WWII.
Battle of Britain Ends
Adolf Hitler abandons the invasion plans on England, turning his sights to the east after an estimated loss of 1700 planes and 2662 pilots and crew. This is considered the first major loss for the Germans in the west.
Sinking of The Bismarck
This Battle caused the Germans to lose their largest ship of the war was sunk after two days of fighting.
Operation Barbarosa Starts
Germans start operation Barbarossa, the attempt at invading the USSR.
Siege of Leningrad Starts
The Germans attack the key city of Leningrad for the first time
This conference was put togather by the SS to make a plan to kill all European Jews.
Battle of Stalingrad Starts
Battle of Stalingrad Ends
The German military lost the battle and an estimated 250,000 solders and never captured the city of Stalingrad. The main reason that they lost this battle was because of the Germans overlooking the preparedness for winter. This is seen as the start of the end of the war for the Germans.
German Surrender in North Africa
After three years of fighting the germans are forced to surrender in North Africa. This is the end of the largest use of tanks in the war at the time.
German Occupation of Northern Rome
After Italy formally surrendered to the allies in 1943 Germany took over the North and central of Italy and also occupied Rome.
End of the Siege of Leningrad
This four year long siege was a major defeat at Leningrad costing the Germans over half a million soldiers. This is significant because it was a very large waste of time and resources that crippled the eastern front.
Germans Lose Rome
Allied troops land in Normandy on the west coast of Nazi occupied territory making the war a three front war for Germany
First Concentration Camp is Liberated
The first concentration camp is liberated by the Soviet troops
Liberation of Paris
The Germans were pushed back and out of Paris by both allied solders and by the resistance of the citizens of France.
In Warsaw the poles that disliked Germans joined the home army to liberate Warsaw. The Germans ended up losing Warsaw because of this.
The renowned car company Porsche. Porsche produced the panzer class tank from 1936-1945 producing upwards of 45,000 units over the course of nine years.
Battle of the Bulge
This battle was a long fight that lasted over a month. This is considered the last great counter offensive by the Germans. The Germans ended up losing between 80,000 to 100,000 solders during this battle.
Adolf Hitler Dies
Battle of Berlin
This battle was the final nail in the coffin for the Germans and it also split up the East Berlin and West Berlin for many years to come.
The germans produced upwards of 34.6 million tons of steel during the war. This steel went into ships, tanks, cars, wagons, and guns.
The Battle of the Atlantic ends
The germans gave a major blow to the allies by killing at least 60,000 sailers and merchant marines, but they lost about 30,000 German sailers and upward of 700 U-boats
This was the final day that the Nazi Third Rech existed. With the surrender that was agreed upon the country was split. On the east was the communist Soviets who controlled it until the fall of the USSR. In the east is the capitalist nations controlled the country.