Major Events of WWII

  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    The Treaty of Versailles punished Germany harshly; their economy collapsed, the government lost power, the military was weak, and the Germans were angry. Because of this, Germans became loyal to Hitler and caused WWII, wanting revenge.
  • Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler
    Hitler rose to power in 1933 following the death of President von Hindenburg. Hitler became the chancellor of Germany and became Führer; making him the sole leader of Germany.
  • The Munich Pact

    The Munich Pact
    The Munich Pact gave Hitler the Sudetenland and Hitler promised not to take any more territory. Czechoslovakia, pressured by Britain and France, agreed to the terms
  • The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

    The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
    Germany -Hitler- and the Soviet Union -Stalin- signed a non-aggression pact. In the pact, the countries agreed that they would not attack each other and would divide the country Poland between themselves.
  • Invasion of Poland

    Invasion of Poland
    Germany attacked Poland with planes, tanks, ships and 2 million soldiers. Hitler used the Blitzkrieg strategy, also known as lightning war, to surprise Poland.
  • Miracle of Dunkirk

    Miracle of Dunkirk
    Operation Dynamo, known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of more than 338,000 Allied soldiers during the World War II from the beaches of Dunkirk, in France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    The German Luftwaffe began bombing British ships off the British coast.
  • Tripartite Pact

    Tripartite Pact
    The Tripartite Pact, also known as the Berlin Pact, was an agreement between Germany, Italy, and Japan signed in Berlin by Joachim von Ribbentrop, Galeazzo Ciano, and Saburō Kurusu, in front of Adolf Hitler.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack by the Japanese Navy Air Service against the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • D-DAY

    D-Day brought together the land, air, and sea forces of the allied armies in what became known as the largest amphibious invasion in military history.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    On December 1944, the Germans made their last offensive attack against the Allies; the Germans cut through the centre of American forces creating a bulge in the Allied lines.
  • Split of Germany

    Split of Germany
    Germany was divided into four. It was split into zones by France, the U.S., Great Britain, and the USSR and was decided in the Yalta Conference on February 4-11, 945.
  • Benito Mussolini

    Benito Mussolini
    In April 1945, Mussolini, dictator of Italy, and his mistress Clara Petacci wanted to leave to Switzerland, but were captured by Italian communist partisans and executed by firing squad near Lake Como.
  • Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place on August 6, 1945, and August 9, 1945. The United States launched attacks on Japan forcing them to submit.
  • End of World War II

    End of World War II
    On September 2, 1945, the proper surrender documents of Japan were signed aboard the USS Missouri, giving the day as the official Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).
  • Nuremberg Trials

    Nuremberg Trials
    The Nuremberg trials were held by the Allies against the defeated Nazi Germany for plotting and carrying out invasions of other countries and atrocities against Jews in World War II in Nov. 20, 1945 - Oct 1, 1946