Orgins of WWII

  • Statin Comes to Power in USSR

    Lenin decided to give Stalin more power. With the help of Lev Kamenev, Lenin had Stalin appointed General Secretary in 1922.This post enabled Stalin to appoint many of his allies to government positions.
  • Mussolini Comes to Power in Italy

    As Prime Minister, the first years of Mussolini's rule were characterized by a right-wing coalition government composed of Fascists, nationalists, liberals, and two Catholic clerics from the Popular Party.
  • The Maginot Line Constructed

    named after the French Minister of War André Maginot, was a line of concrete fortifications, obstacles, and weapons installations that France constructed along its borders with Germany during the 1930s.
  • Japan Invades China

    The Japanese invaded China proper, launching the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese Kwantung Army turned a small incident into a full-scale war. Chinese forces were unable to effectively resist the Japanese.
  • Hitler Elected Chancellor of Germany

    , President Paul von Hindenburg names Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party as chancellor of Germany.
  • Spanish Civil War

    between the Republicans, who were loyal to the established Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a rebel group led by General Francisco Franco. The Nationalists prevailed, and Franco ruled Spain for the next 36 years, from 1939 until his death in 1975.
  • Moltov - Ribbentrop Pact

    Hitler and Stalin signed a non-agression pact, called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Treaty. Secret protocols of the treaty defined the territorial spheres of influence Germany and Russia would have after a successful invasion of Poland.
  • Hitler Invades Poland

    2,,000 tanks and over 1,000 planes, broke through Polish defenses along the border and advanced on Warsaw in a massive encirclement attack.
  • Tripartite Pact

    established the Axis Powers of World War II. The pact was signed by representatives of Nazi Germany , Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan
  • Pearl Harbor Attacked

    The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.