Road to World War II

  • Japan seizes Manchuria

    Japan launched an attack on Manchuria. Within a few days Japanese armed forces had occupied several strategic points in South Manchuria.
  • China engages and begins to figh Japan

    China and Japan went head to head because Japanese did terrible things to the Chinese people who were our allies in WW2
  • Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

    When Great Depression ruined Germanys lives, they voted for Hitler in increasing numbers. Needing support, and thinking he could control Hitler, President Hindenburg made the mistake of giving Hitler the post of Chancellor.
  • Japan leaves the League of Nations

    Japan leaves the League of Nations
    Japan refused to leave Manchuria, instead Japan left the league of nations. Countries had important trading with Japan and the League could not agree on sanctions or even a ban on weapons sales.
  • Hitler rearms Germany

    When Nazi Germany openly started re-armament, few should have been surprised as Hitler had made it very clear both in his speeches that he would break the unjust terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • The Rome-Berlin Axis is singned

    An agreement formulated by Italy’s foreign minister Galeazzo Ciano informally linking the two fascist countries. It was made by the Pact of Steel in 1939. The term Axis Powers came to include Japan as well.
  • The Anti-Comintern Pact

    The Anti-Comintern Pact of was an agreement between Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan. The two nations had anti-Communist dictatorships, agreed to mutually resist Communism and Communist states. This was an explicit treaty of alliance agains the Soviet Union
  • Japan captures China's capital

    Japan captures China's capital
    Japan has little natural resources on their island. Japan attacked China to get China's natural resources to fund Japan's economy.
  • Anschluss

    Hitler wanted all German-speaking nations in Europe to be a part of Germany. To this end, he had designs on re-uniting Germany with his native homelan Austria. Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, however, Germany and Austria were forbidden to be unified.
  • Munich Agreement

    In 1938 Russia, Germany, Britain, France, and Italy met in Munich to decide what action to take concerning Germany’s aggression in Czechoslovakia. While they were there, the allies decided to make a policy of appeasement, where they would allow Germany to erase the boundaries of the Versailles Treaty without taking military action. However, it was also agreed that the sovereignty of Poland would be protected, and thus a line was drawn
  • Germany reoccupies the Rhineland

    Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles 1919 Germany was not allowed to have any military force, building or armaments in the Rhineland area. To ensure German compliance the area was occupied by British and French troops. Germany started to go in the rhineland
  • Germany occupies all of Czechoslovakia

    Adolf Hitler wanted to march into Czechoslovakia but his generals warned him that with its strong army and good mountain defences Czechoslovakia would be a difficult country to overcome. They also added that if Britain, France or the Soviet Union joined on the side of Czechoslovakia, Germany would probably be badly defeated. One group of senior generals even made plans to overthrow Hitler if he ignored their advice and declared war on Czechoslovakia.
  • The Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact

    This agreement stated that the two countries, Germany and the Soviet Union, would not attack each other. If there were ever a problem between the two countries, it was to be handled amicably. The pact was supposed to last for ten years; it lasted for less than two.
  • Germany invades Poland

    To Hitler, the conquest of Poland would bring living space for the German people. According to his plan, the "racially superior" Germans would colonize the territory and the native Slavs would be enslaved
  • Japan announces that it wants Frensh Indochina

    the USA protested this new act of aggression by cutting off trade with japan