WW2 Timeline Project

  • japanese invasion

    japanese invasion
    In 1931, Japan invaded China in the region of Manchuria. The Japanese invasion of Manchuria set off a major international crisis. It was the result of Japanese imperialism that had started with its modernization nearly a century earlier. The invasion ultimately led to the Second Sino-Japanese War and helped to increase tensions before World War II . website-https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-japanese-invasion-of-manchuria-in-1931.html
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    german blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg, meaning 'Lightning War', was the method of offensive warfare responsible for Nazi Germany’s military successes in the early years of the Second World War.
    Combined forces of tanks, motorised infantry and artillery penetrated an opponent’s defences on a narrow front, bypassing pockets of resistance and striking deep into enemy territory.
  • fall of paris

    fall of paris
    In deciding not to defence Paris the French Command "aimed at sparing it the devastation which defence would have involved. The command considered that no valuable strategic result justified the sacrifice of Paris."
    From the sea to the Maginot Line the Allies are resisting strongly on a new line behind Paris. There was no pause in the German attacks yesterday, but at some points of the front they were less violent. https://www.theguardian.com/world/1940/jun/15/secondworldwar.france
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    Operation Barbarossa

    War II, code name for the German invasion of the Soviet Union, which was launched on June 22, 1941. The failure of German troops to defeat Soviet forces in the campaign signaled a crucial turning point in the war. https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/3012822/edit
  • pearl harbor

    pearl harbor
    surprise aerial attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island, Hawaii, by the Japanese that precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II. The strike climaxed a decade of worsening relations between the United States and Japan. https://www.britannica.com/event/Pearl-Harbor-attack
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    On January 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking Nazi Party and German government officials gathered at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and coordinate the implementation of what they called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question." https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/wannsee-conference-and-the-final-solution
  • Warsaw Ghetto uprising

    Warsaw Ghetto uprising
    On April 19, 1943, the Warsaw ghetto uprising began after German troops and police entered the ghetto to deport its surviving inhabitants. Jewish insurgents inside the ghetto resisted these efforts. This was the largest uprising by Jews during World War II and the first significant urban revolt against German occupation in Europe. By May 16, 1943, the Germans had crushed the uprising and deported surviving ghetto residents to concentration camps https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/3012822/edit
  • D-Day (Normandy Invasion

    D-Day (Normandy Invasion
    he Normandy beaches were chosen by planners because they lay within range of air cover, and were less heavily defended than the obvious objective of the Pas de Calais, the shortest distance between Great Britain and the Continent. Airborne drops at both ends of the beachheads were to protect the flanks, as well as open up roadways to the interior. Six divisions were to land on the first day; three U.S., two British and one Canadian. https://www.army.mil/d-day/history.html
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    Battle of the Bulge

    Called “the greatest American battle of the war” by Winston Churchill, the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes region of Belgium was Adolf Hitler’s last major offensive in World War II against the Western Front. Hitler’s aim was to split the Allies in their drive toward Germany. The German troops’ failure to divide Britain, France and America with the Ardennes offensive paved the way to victory for the allies. https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-the-bulge
  • Liberation of concentration camps

    Liberation of concentration camps
    As Allied troops moved across Europe against Nazi Germany in 1944 and 1945, they encountered concentration camps, mass graves, and other sites of Nazi crimes. The unspeakable conditions the liberators confronted shed light on the full scope of Nazi horrors. 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from Nazi concentration camps and the end of Nazi tyranny in Europe.
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    Battle of Iwo Jima

    The Battle of Iwo Jima was an epic military campaign between U.S. Marines and the Imperial Army of Japan in early 1945. Located 750 miles off the coast of Japan, the island of Iwo Jima had three airfields that could serve as a staging facility for a potential invasion of mainland Japan. American forces invaded the island on February 19, 1945, and the ensuing Battle of Iwo Jima lasted for five weeks
  • VE day

    VE day
    was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it. It meant an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; had destroyed homes, families, and cities; and had brought huge suffering and privations to the populations of entire countries. https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-you-need-to-know-about-ve-day
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    Dropping of the atomic bombs

    By July 1945, Germany had surrendered, and the war in Europe was over. Japan, however, refused to submit to the terms outlined in the Allies’ Potsdam Declaration. It appeared to American leaders that the only way to compel Japan’s unconditional surrender was to invade and conquer the Japanese home islands.https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/atomic-bomb-hiroshima
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    VJ day

    V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day, marks the end of World War II, one of the deadliest and most destructive wars in history. When President Harry S. Truman announced on Aug. 14, 1945, that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, war-weary citizens around the world erupted in celebration.