Major events of World War 2

  • Hitler's invasion of Austria

    Hitler's invasion of Austria
    Germany invaded Austria because they wanted to expand their empire.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    The second world war air campaign waged by the German air force against the United Kingdom. The objective of the campaign was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force. This battle was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    On November 5th, 1941, Tojo (the prime minister of Japan) ordered the Japanese navy to prepare for an attack on the United States. Early in the morning on December 7th, Japanese dive bombers swooped over Pearl Harbor. The bomber was followed by more than 180 Japanese warplanes. In less than 2 hours, the Japanese killed 2,403 Americans.
  • Coral Sea

    Coral Sea
    The main allied forced in the pacific were Americans and Australians. In this battle they succeeded in stopping the Japanese drive toward Australia. The battle lasted 5 days and during it fighting was done by airplanes that took off from huge aircraft carriers.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    On June 3rd, 1942 the commander of American Naval Forces Chester Nimitz’s scout planes found the Japanese fleet. Americans sent torpedo and dive bombers the next day to the attack. By the end of the battle, Japan had lost four aircraft carriers, a cruiser, and 250 planes.
  • Stalingrad

    A major battle in which the Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad located in southwestern Soviet Union. It was one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warefare.
  • D-Day

    On this day the Allies launched an invasion of the European mainland to free Western Europe from the Nazis. The attack was originally set for June 5th, but was pushed to June 6th due to weather conditions. After midnight, three divisions parachuted down German lines. In the hours of the morning they were followed by thousands of sea born soldiers. This was the largest land-sea-air operation in army history. The allies were the victors and freed France, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    Battle of the bulge was a month-long battle. The allies succeeded in turning back the last major German offensive of the war.
  • US bombs Japan

    US bombs Japan
    US drops an atomic bomb on Japan killing over 100,000 people.