UNIT 9 Timeline

  • Invasion of Poland

    Invasion of Poland
    Germany's invasion of Poland marked the start of WWII. This invasion forced Britain and France to declare war on Germany.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    The German Luftwaffe attempted to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force. The RAF's successful defense prevented a German invasion of Britain.
  • Holocaust

    The systematic genocide carried out by Nazi Germany, resulting in the murder of six million Jews and millions of others. The Holocaust is one of history's most horrific atrocities.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union. The failure of this operation marked a significant turning point in favor of the Allies on the Eastern Front.
  • Pearl Harbor Attack

    Pearl Harbor Attack
    Japan launched a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This attack led to the United States entering World War II.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    A naval battle in the Pacific War where the US Navy defeated a Japanese fleet. This victory halted Japanese expansion and shifted the balance of power in the Pacific.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    One of the deadliest battles in history, the Soviet Union defended Stalingrad against the German Army. The Soviet victory marked a turning point in the war on the Eastern Front.
  • Battle of El Alamein

    Battle of El Alamein
    A major battle in North Africa where the Allies, led by General Montgomery, defeated the German Afrika Korps. This victory prevented the Axis from seizing the Suez Canal.
  • Italian Campaign

    Italian Campaign
    Allied forces invaded Italy, leading to the fall of Mussolini's regime. The campaign opened a new front and diverted German resources from other areas.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    The last major German offensive on the Western Front, aimed at splitting the Allied forces. The Allies eventually fought off the Germans, hurrying the end of the war in Europe.
  • D-Day Invasion

    D-Day Invasion
    Allied forces launched a massive invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France. This operation began the freeing of Western Europe from Nazi control.
  • Liberation of Paris

    Liberation of Paris
    Allied forces liberated Paris from German control on August 25, 1944. This event symbolized the nearing end of Nazi control in Western Europe.
  • Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    The US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9. These bombings led to Japan's surrender and the end of World War II.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    A meeting between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin to discuss post-war reorganization. The leaders agreed on the division of Germany and the establishment of the United Nations.
  • V-E Day

    V-E Day
    Germany officially surrendered to the Allied forces. This marked the end of World War II in Europe.