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  • Mussolini Takes Power in Italy

    Mussolini Takes Power in Italy
    This event strongly effected WW2. Mussolini believed in imperialism and formed a type of government called fascism.
  • Stock Market Crashes

    Stock Market Crashes
    This event began the Great Depression which lead to higher unemployment. With higher unemployment more people wanted to fight in WW2.
  • France Militarizes the Rhineland

    France Militarizes the Rhineland
    The Treaty of Versailles stated that Germany could not build on the Rhineland. When France militarized the Rhineland, this lead to Germany breaking their promise in the treaty.
  • Japan Seizes Manchuria

    Japan Seizes Manchuria
    By seizing Manchuria, Japan wanted to expand their empire and gain the things that they needed. Most people did not want Japan in the war.
  • FDR Is Elected President

    FDR Is Elected President
    FDR promised to get America out of the Great Depression and created the New Deal to help. He wanted to stay neutral in WW2 until Pearl Harbor got attacked and we joined the war.
  • Hitler Is Named Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler Is Named Chancellor of Germany
    Hitler was the leader of the Nazi party and gained acceptance from Germany. He wanted to take over the world.
  • Italy Invades Ethiopia

    Italy Invades Ethiopia
    Italy wanted to expand their empire, but by doing it lost trust from other countries.
  • Hitler Defies the Treaty of Versailles

    Hitler Defies the Treaty of Versailles
    When Hitler violated the Treaty of Versaille it caused problems with many countries and showed them that Hitler does not follow the rules.
  • Civil War Erupts in Spain

    Civil War Erupts in Spain
    This event was important because it gave Spain more power and support from other countries.
  • Japan Invades China

    Japan Invades China
    Japan invaded China and took many of its natural resources. The US helped China after being invaded and made Japan turn against America.
  • Anschluss

    This event gave Germany more power and expanded their territory which made people know a war would be coming.
  • France Surrenders

    France Surrenders
    Germany defeats France at battle which led to many more batles in WW2.
  • Munich Conference

    Munich Conference
    Leaders of France and Great Britain met with Hitler to try to prevent war with Germany. Many countries did not prepare for war, but Germany did not keep their promise.
  • Kristallnacht

    Nazi soldiers did many violent acts toward German Jews. This caused countries to join the war and be against Germany.
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact

    Nazi-Soviet Pact
    This pact upset many countries because Germany began getting more allies.
  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    This event is important because after Germany invaded Poland many of Poland's allies were upset and declared war on Germany.
  • Phoney War

    Phoney War
    For one winter Germany made no moves on any other country. After, they invaded many countries and worried the people of those countries.
  • U.S. Neutrality Act

    U.S. Neutrality Act
    The U.s. made a promise that we would stay neutral all of WW2. This caused Japan to attack Pearl Harbor and the U.S. joined the war.
  • Churchill is Elected Prime Minister in England

    Churchill is Elected Prime Minister in England
    This is important because the U.S. had an alliance with Great Britain and Churchill influenced many of the decisions that FDR made.
  • Miracle at Dunkirk

    Miracle at Dunkirk
    When French and British troops were captured by German soldiers they were rescued by civilian boats. This showed Germany the power that France and Great Britain had in the war.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    Germany surrendered this battle which was the turning point in WW2 and showed this would not be a short war.
  • Japan Seizes French Indo-China

    Japan Seizes French Indo-China
    This event helped out Japan greatly in the war, but was bad for the U.S. because it gave more power to Japan to come attack us.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    The lend-lease act gave weapons to other countries who needed them. This helped out Great Britain and France and made Hitler angry because we broke our neutrality promise.
  • Atlantic Charter

    Atlantic Charter
    The U.S. tried very hard to stay out of the war by signing this and saying we would not attack Japan. This did not help because the U.S. was still attacked by Pearl Harbor.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    This event is very important because it is what brought the U.S. into WW2 when they were trying so hard to stay neutral.