SECOND WORLD WAR By Maitane Larrieta Dec 11, 1918 First World War end Britain, France, the US, and other allies defeat Germany, bringing an end to World War I Sep 18, 1931 Japanese invasion of Manchuria Seeking raw materials to fuel its growing industries, Japan invaded the Chinese province of Manchuria. Jan 30, 1933 Hitler appointed german leader Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany and later assumes dictatorial powers. German rearmament takes off. Sep 1, 1939 World War II begins Germany invades Poland, inciting Poland’s allies Britain and France to declare war on Germany. Sep 17, 1939 Soviet Union invades Poland Working in concert with Hitler, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin orders the invasion of Poland, securing a share of Polish territory. Sep 27, 1939 Warsaw captured Warsaw surrenders to German troops. Poland holds out for another 9 days before capitulating. Dec 13, 1939 Uk wins War’s first Sea Battle British cruisers defeat a German pocket battleship at the Battle of the River Plate, the first major naval engagement of World War II. Apr 8, 1940 Norway invaded Germany invades Norway, ending a 6-month period of limited land operations called the “Phony War.” May 10, 1940 Churchill becomes prime minister Winston Churchill replaces Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister. The same day, Germany invades Belgium. May 26, 1940 Miracle of Dunkirk The trapped British army evacuates to England from Dunkirk, France, surviving to fight another day. Jun 14, 1940 Paris falls to Nazis Paris falls to German forces. France capitulates 11 days later. Jul 10, 1940 Britain fights for its life The Battle of Britain pits German bombers against British fighters in a thwarted German prelude to invasion. Dec 7, 1941 U.S plunged into war Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, starting war with the US. Sensing weakness, Hitler declares war on America 4 days later.