Nature and Impact of World War II

  • Japanese invasion of China

    Japanese invasion of China
    https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/WorldWar2/china.htmOn July 7, 1937 a clash occurred between Chinese and Japanese troops close to Beijing in North China. Once this clash was followed by indications of intense military activity on the part of Japan, Secretary of State Hull urged upon the japanese Government a policy of control.Japan is a country of very restricted natural resources and always kept a dishonesty eye of close countries that may be taken and access the resources and labor forces. The Chinese suffered badly from the invasion.
  • Ribbentrop/ Molotov Pact

    Ribbentrop/ Molotov Pact
    The Ribbentrop/ Molotov Pact was a non-aggresion treaty signed between Germany and the Soviet Union. They signed it so that both countries don't fight each other, but later Hitler breaks the treaty and invades the Soviet Union. Stalin manages to defeat him and Russia's harsh cold weather helped them.
  • Germany's invasion of Poland

    Germany's invasion of Poland
    The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. From East Prussia and Deutschland within the north and Silesia and Slovak Republic in the south, German units, with more than 2,000 tanks and over 1,000 planes, broke through Polish defenses on the border and advanced on Warszawa in a huge blockade attack. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler claimed the huge invasion was a defensive action, but Great Britain and France were not convinced. About 65,000 Polish troops were killed, and 420,000captured.
  • German Blitzkrieg

    German Blitzkrieg
    Germany quickly overran a lot of of Europe and was victorious for more than 2 years by counting on a replacement military tactic known as the "Blitzkrieg" (lightning war). Blitzkrieg techniques needed the concentration of offensive weapons (such as tanks, planes, and artillery) along a slender front. It was effective for many countries that Germany fought but not the Soviet Union.
  • Fall of Paris

    Fall of Paris
    Hitler invaded France partly to gain revenge for Germany's defeat in World War I and also because he knew that Britain and France would try to stop him from his aim of conquering vast territories in Eastern Europe. He dropped bombs and the German soldiers killed many people. It was sudden and unexpected, it ripped the balance of power in Europe.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    On 22 June 1941 Deutschland invaded the Soviet Union. Codenamed Operation Barbarossa, it was the biggest military operation in history. It was the logical culmination of Hitler’s belief that the German ‘master race’ ought to get ‘lebensraum’ (living space) within the east, at the expense of the ‘subhuman’ native Slav people, who were to be destroyed or reduced to serf status. It failed because Hitler was not prepared for the harsh weather in Russia.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans.The most important reason was the ban imposed by President Roosevelt on the trade functions of Japan particularly export of oil, steel and crap iron. This ban gave a great set back to Japanese economy and their trade and military was adversely affected.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    The surrendered Filipinos and Americans soon were rounded up by the Japanese and forced to march some 65 miles from Mariveles, on the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula, to San Fernando. The Filipinos where forced to walk as a punishment for invading Japan, and Japan captured Manila which is the capital of Philippines. It did not have much of impact other than people being tortured.
  • Manhattan Project

    Manhattan Project
    The Manhattan Project was a secret military project created in 1942 to produce the primary U.S.A. nuclear weapon. Fears that Nazi Germany would build and use a nuclear weapon throughout world war II triggered the beginning of the Manhattan Project, which was originally based in Manhattan, New York.The significance of the Manhattan Project was that it put an end to WWII by using weapons of mass destruction and made Japan to surrender.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The United States Navy defeated a Japanese attack against Midway Atoll, marking a turning point in the war in the Pacific theatre.After an earlier attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese hoped that another demoralizing defeat would force the U.S. to capitulate in the Pacific War.The loss of four carriers stopped the expansion of the Japanese Empire in the Pacific, and put Japan on the defensive.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    A major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad. Hitler was trying to take out the Soviet Union, but he was ambitious in how he did it. Rather than concentrating his forces and marching to Moscow, he wanted to take over the Soviet Union from north to south. Over 1 million died in the battle of Stalingrad.
  • Operation Gomorrah

    Operation Gomorrah
    British bombers raid Hamburg, Germany, by night in Operation Gomorrah, while Americans bomb it by day in its own “Blitz Week.” They bombed it because there were too many people and it was getting overcrowded. The carpet-bombing killed 40,000 people.
  • D-Day

    The attack began when allied planes and warships bombarded German positions on the coastline. At the same time planes and gliders dropped tens of thousands of allied troopers behind the German defenses. It was meant to end World War II. D-day was the end of the beginning.
  • Battle of Bulge

    Battle of Bulge
    The Battle of the Bulge in World War II happened because of Hitler's plan to launch a counter-offensive to thrust through the allied armies in the Ardennes region of northwest Europe and recapture Antwerp in Belgium. Approximately 30,000 soldiers and 44,000 infantry forces were killed or captured. The Germans also lost a significant amount of weapons, specifically tanks.
  • Operation Thunderclap

    Operation Thunderclap
    Operation Thunderclap was the code for a cancelled operation planned in August 1944 however shelved and never enforced. 10,000 people died.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    One-third of all Marine losses during World War II happened at Iwo Jima. It was the first major battle of World War II to take place on Japanese homeland. The island of Iwo Jima was a strategic location because the US needed a place for fighter planes and bombers to land and take off when attacking Japan.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    The battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious landing in the Pacific theater of World War II. It also resulted in the largest casualties with over 100,000 Japanese casualties and 50,000 casualties for the Allies.Okinawa was to prove a bloody battle even by the standards of the war in the Far East but it was to be one of the major battles of World War Two.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    VE Day was the public holiday celebrated to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It mostly impacted the countries who were against Germany, mainly Britain.
  • Dropping if the Atomic Bombs

    Dropping if the Atomic Bombs
    The American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.Truman, for his part, thought he was bringing the war to a swift close. Taken in its time, the decision was the right one.Flash burns, 20 to 30 percent. Other injuries, 50 to 60 percent. Radiation sickness, 15 to 20 percent.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    Japan surrendered to the allies, officially ending WWII. VJ day stands for Victory over Japan day. Japan surrendered because the US dropped the bombs and after that on August 9 the Soviet Union declared war on Japan.