Learning World War II in Time and Space- Pacific Theater

  • Japan invades China.

    World War II begins in the Pacific.
  • Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.

    Pearl Harbor in Hawaii is bombed, triggering U.S. involvement in the war.
  • U.S. declares war on Japan.

    The United Stateds officially enters World War II while Japanese troops land in Phillipines and French Indochina.
  • Battle of Midway

    American and British navies stop Japanese advancement in the Pacific.
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    Guadalcanal Campaign

    At Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, U.S. troops stop Japanese advancement toward Australia.
  • Admiral Yamamoto is Killed

    Japanase Admiral Yamomoto's plane is shot down by U.S. forces, delivering a blow to Japanese war morale.
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    Battle of Leyte Gulf

    U.S. defeats Japanese in an effort to liberate the Phillipines.
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    Battle of Iwo Jima

    U.S. forces capture Iwo Jima in order to stage an attack on the Japanese mainland.
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    Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). Over 100,000 people die.
  • Japan Surrenders.

    Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed a surrender on behalf of the Japanese government.