History of World War II

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  • Japanese invasion of China

    Japanese invasion of China
    The Japanese invaded China on July 7, 1937. This intitiated the war in the Pacific.
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  • Treaty of Munich

    Treaty of Munich
    Treaty of MunichHitler, Chamberlain, Daladier of France and Mussolini of Italy met in Munich and agreed that Hitler should have the Sudetanland of Czechoslovakia. The Czechs were not represented at the meeting and realising that no country would come to their aid were forced to surrender the Sudetenland to Germany. Hitler assured those at the meeting that this was the extent of his ambitions for expansion. Chamberlain returned to England with a piece of paper signed by Hitler, proclaiming 'peace in our time.'
  • Hitler invades Poland

    Hitler invades Poland
    Germany formally invades Poland which is known as the beginning of the European war or European theater.
  • Germany Invades Denmark and Norway

    Germany Invades Denmark and Norway
    Denmark surrenders immediately and Norway surrenders on June 9, 1940.
  • Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg
    blitzkrieg videoBlitzkrieg aka known in German as "lightning war" is conducted in western Europe. France and the neutral Low Countries. Luxembourg is occupied on May 10; the Netherlands surrenders on May 14; and Belgium surrenders on May 28. On June 22, France signs an armistice agreement by which the Germans occupy the northern half of the country and the entire Atlantic coastline.
  • Churchill is appointed Prime Minister

    Churchill is appointed Prime Minister
    Neville Chamberlain resigns and Churchill takes over due to the unhappines by the Labour members for a more aggressive approach to the war.
  • Italy joins the Axis Powers

    Italy joins the Axis Powers
    It is believed that Italy's reason for joining the Axis was the hope of rich pickings from the spoils of war. Italy was originally opposed to Nazi Germany but received support from the Germans following the opposition from the League of Nations with their war in Abbysinia.
  • Japan joins the Axis Powers

    Japan joins the Axis Powers
    The Japanese officially joined the Axis powes by signing the Tripartite Act which joined them with Germany and Italy.
  • Invasion of Pearl Harbour

    Invasion of Pearl Harbour
    Pearl Harbour documentaryJapanese bombed the Navy fleet in Pearl Harbour on the island of Hawaii. This resulted in the death of many American sailors and civilians. It was the event that marked our involvement in World War II.
  • U.S. declares war on Japan

    U.S. declares war on Japan
    Roosevelt declaring war on Japan Roosevelt formally announces the involvement of the United States in the war against the Pacific. Germany and Italy would declare war on the U.S. on December 11. We would then be involved in the Pacific and European theaters.
  • Arcadia Conference concluded

    Arcadia Conference concluded
    The U.S. and Britain conclude the Arcadia Conference in Washington, DC. Roosevelt and Churchill agreed to establish a Combined Chiefs of Staff and to the make defeating Germany their first priority. Winning the war in Europe would come before winning the war in the Pacific.
  • U.S. Troops arrive in Britain

    U.S. Troops arrive in Britain
    Thousands of American troops arrived in Britain to help defeat the Nazi's. This would mark a turning point in the European theater.
  • Japan defeated at Battle of the Coral Sea

    Japan defeated at Battle of the Coral Sea
    The U.S. Navy repels the Japanese at the Battle of the Coral Sea. This helps save Australia and blocks the Japanese juggernaut in the Pacific.
  • U.S. defeat Japan at Battle of Midway

    U.S. defeat Japan at Battle of Midway
  • Operation Torch

    Operation Torch
    Slideshow of Operation TorchThis was the Allied Invasion of North Africa. This was the first battle that the Germans lost and the first battle that the U.S. was involved in.
  • Axis Surrender North Africa

    Axis Surrender North Africa
    British and American forces are able to defeat the Axis and drive them out of North Africa.
  • Allies take Sicily

    Allies take Sicily
    video of German defeat in SicilyOperation Huskey is concluded with the Allies taking the city of Messina. Axis losses in the campaign were around 167,000 killed, wounded, and captured, including some 10,000 German casualties. Allied losses were 31,158.
  • Italy Surrenders

    Italy Surrenders
    video on Italy's surrender to AlliesMussolini had been thrown out of office and the new government of Italy surrendered to the British and the USA. They then agreed to join the allies.
  • Teheran Conference

    Teheran Conference
    This was the first time that Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill had met together. It was concluded on December 1, 1943 with the agreement that the Western Allies would invade France in June 1944 and that when it began the USSR would launch a new offensive from the east.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    D-Day documentaryThe allies launched an attack on Germany's forces in Normandy, Western France. Thousands of transports carried an invasion army under the supreme command of general Eisenhower to the Normandy beaches. The Germans who had been fed false information about a landing near Calais, rushed troops to the area but were unable to prevent the allies from forming a solid bridgehead. For the allies it was essential to first capture a port.
  • Battle of the Philippine Sea

    Battle of the Philippine Sea
    The U.S. defeat the Japanese in a massive air battle known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The Japanese lost more than 400 planes and three carriers. This victory paved the way for eventual success in the Marianas invasion.
  • Allies Liberate Paris

    Allies Liberate Paris
    Paris was finally liberated by the Allied Forces. It had been under Nazi control since June of 1940. It was the conclusion to Operation Overload. This was the Operation that had began with the invasion on the beaches of Normandy and ended with the march into Paris.
  • Battle of the Bulge is concluded

    Battle of the Bulge is concluded
    DocumentaryThe Battle of the Bulge was Nazi Germany's last counteroffensive to try to force the Allie's into a peace settlement. It was the bloodiest battle that the American forces were involved in and ended with the defeat of the Germans and their retreat. It began on December 16,1944.
  • Americans capture Iwo Jima

    Americans capture Iwo Jima
    Iwo Jima videoIwo Jima, a barren volcanic island midway between Saipan and Japan, was considered desirable as an emergency base for B-29's flying to and from Japan. Cancellation of plans to take Taiwan provided an opportunity for the Central Pacific forces to undertake the hitherto unscheduled conquest of Iwo Jima, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff directed Admiral Nimitz to take the island in February.
  • Death of FDR

    Death of FDR
    President Roosevelt dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at age 63. Harry Truman takes over as President.
  • Mussolini Captured and Executed

    Mussolini Captured and Executed
  • Hitler Commits Suicide

    Hitler Commits Suicide
    The German leader, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bombproof shelter together with his mistress, Eva Braun, who he had, at the last minute, made his wife.
  • Germany Surrenders

    Germany Surrenders
    Hitler's successor, Admiral Donitz, offerred an unconditional surrender to the allies.
  • Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

    Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima
    Hiroshima bombingThe first of 2 atomic bombs are dropped on Japan. The second would be dropped on Nagasaki 3 days later.
  • Japan Surrenders. WWII ends

    Japan Surrenders. WWII ends
    General George McArthur formally accepts the surrender of Japan in the Pacific theater. This would officially end World War II.