World war 2 timeline

Outbreak of WWII

  • Germany's Anschluss with Austria

    Germany's Anschluss with Austria
    The German Republic Austria was annexed into the German Third Reich.The Austrian Nazi Party was created in order to seize power from Austria's Austrofascist leadership.
  • Hitler's Annexation of Czechoslovakia

    Hitler's Annexation of Czechoslovakia
    The Wehrmacht moved into the remainder of CzecholovakiaFollowed the Anschluss and was Hitler's main ambition after he left it almost powerless and unable to resist German occupation.
  • The Munich Pact

    The Munich Pact
    An agreement permitting the Nazi German annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.Regarded as a failed act of appeasement toward Nazi Germany.
  • Germany's Annexation of the Sudetenland

    Germany's Annexation of the Sudetenland
    The northern, southwest and western regions of Czechoslovakia inhabited mostly by ethnic Germans. Almost the same thing as the annexation of Czechoslovakia.
  • The Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact

    The Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact
    Needed a way not to fight a two-front war, so they created a pact with the Soviets.The economic agreement committed the Soviet Union to provide food products as well as raw materials to Germany in exchange for furnished products such as machinery from Germany.
  • Germany's Invasion of Poland

    Germany's Invasion of Poland
    Germany stated that Poland was to be partitioned between both German and the Soviet Union, and enabled them to invade.Germany invaded and defeated the Polish army within weeks.
  • The Phoney War

    The Phoney War
    Refers to what happened in Western Europe shortly after the German Invasion of Poland.War was declared on each side, but no power had comitted to launching a real offensive maneuver.
  • The Fall of France

    The Fall of France
    German armoured units pushed through the Ardennes, to cut off and surround the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium.This would stop France from occupying them first, and prevent Allied air power from threatening the vital German Ruhr Area.
  • The Miracle at Dunkirk

    The Miracle at Dunkirk
    The evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk, France, because they were cut off by the German army.A total of 338,226 soldiers were evacuated safely from the dangerous beaches.
  • The Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain
    Air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the UK during the summer and fall of 1940.The first battle to be fought entirely by air forces, and was the largest substained erial bombing campaign to that date.