World War 2

  • Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the Nazi Party

    Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the Nazi Party
    Hitler begins his quest for ultimate power by becoming the leader of the Nazi political party.
  • Benito Mussolini appointed Prime Minister of Italy

    Benito Mussolini appointed Prime Minister of Italy
    People wanted to make Italy strong again and they found Mussolini a great leader to help them.
  • Josef Stalin sole dictator of the Soviet Union (USSR)

    Josef Stalin sole dictator of the Soviet Union (USSR)
    Russia has become a communist country called the Soviet Union. Josef Stalin is the new dictator of the country.
  • Japan’s Army seizes Manchuria, China

    Japan’s Army seizes Manchuria, China
    In an attempt to gain land and resources Japan has attacked an area of China called Manchuria.
  • Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany
    Hitler has risen to power by telling the people of Germany that he will make life better for them.
  • Neutrality Acts passed by US Congress

    Neutrality Acts passed by US Congress
    The Neutrality Acts were meant to prevent the United States from getting involved in a Eurpoean conflict.
  • Italian Army invades Ethiopia in Africa

    Italian Army invades Ethiopia in Africa
    Italy attempts to add Ethopia to their country and get more land and resources through it.
  • Hitler sends troops into Rhineland of Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty

    Hitler sends troops into Rhineland of Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty
    Hitler is preparing to attampt to build his nazi empire. This is a small step that he will be able to justify by claiming that Germany needs to defend herself.
  • Militarists take control of Japanese Government

    Militarists take control of Japanese Government
    These militarists will turn Japan into an enemy for the Allies, especially the United States.
  • Japan’s army pillages Nanjing, China; massacre a quarter of a million people

    Japan’s army pillages Nanjing, China; massacre a quarter of a million people
    The Japanese conduct a mass killing over six weeks as they capture the city of Nanjing.
  • Munich Pact signed giving the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Germany

    Munich Pact signed giving the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Germany
    The Sudetenland is given to Germany in an attampt to prevent war.
  • Nazis begin rounding up Jews for labor camps

    Nazis begin rounding up Jews for labor camps
    The nazis begin taking jewish people away from their homes and forcing them to do hard labor in camps.
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Hitler and Stalin

    Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Hitler and Stalin
    Germany and the Soviet Union will not go to war acording to this pact.
  • Nazis invade Poland; Britain and France declare war on Germany

    Nazis invade Poland; Britain and France declare war on Germany
    As promised, Great Britan comes to Poland's aid.
  • Nazis invade Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium – take control

    Nazis invade Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium – take control
    Hitler continues to build his empire.
  • Germany invades France and forces it to surrender

    Germany invades France and forces it to surrender
    France is forced to sign an armistance with Germany only six weeks after Germany declared war on western Europe.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    Royal Air Force defeats German Air Force to prevent invasion of their island.
  • First time Peacetime Draft in US

    First time Peacetime Draft in US
    15 million Americans are drafted in world war 2.
  • Hitler breaks Pact with Stalin’s Russia and invades -USSR which now joins England in fighting the Germans

    Hitler breaks Pact with Stalin’s Russia and invades -USSR which now joins England in fighting the Germans
    In their largest military attack, the nazis invade the Soviet Union.
  • Churchill and FDR issue the Atlantic Charter

    Churchill and FDR issue the Atlantic Charter
    The United States and Great Britan make a statement about what their plans are after the war.
  • Japanese invade French Indochina (Viet. Laos, Cambodia)

    Japanese invade French Indochina (Viet. Laos, Cambodia)
    The Japanese continue to gain land and resources through invading French Indochina.
  • Pearl Harbor in Hawaii attacked by Japanese Naval and Air forces

    Pearl Harbor in Hawaii attacked by Japanese Naval and Air forces
    This causes the United States to declare war on Japan.
  • Germany and Italy declare war on the US

    Germany and Italy declare war on the US
    The United States is now fighting two wars.
  • Japanese Americans interned in isolated camps

    Japanese Americans interned in isolated camps
    The American government responded to the people's fear of Japanese spies.
  • Philippines fall to Japanese – Bataan Death March

    Philippines fall to Japanese – Bataan Death March
    Following a 3 month battle, 75,000 American and Fillipino prisoners of war are transferred to Bataan in what is now called the Bataan Death March.
  • Russians stop Nazi advance at Stalingrad save Moscow

    Russians stop Nazi advance at Stalingrad save Moscow
    This is a decisive victory for the Soviet Union.
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    Battle of Midway, turning point of war in the Pacific

    The United States defeats the Imperial Japanese Army.
  • British and US forces defeat German and Italian armies in North Africa

    British and US forces defeat German and Italian armies in North Africa
    Another victory against Hitler and his Nazi Empire!
  • Zoot Suit Riots – Los Angeles, CA

    Zoot Suit Riots – Los Angeles, CA
    Mexicans who wore zoot suits were seen as unpatriotic because the suits used up material that should have been rationed.
  • Italy surrenders, Mussolini dismissed as Prime Min.

    Italy surrenders, Mussolini dismissed as Prime Min.
    The war against Italy is over and Mussolili is removed from power.
  • D-Day invasion of France at Normandy by Allies

    D-Day invasion of France at Normandy by Allies
    160,000 Allied troops land on the beaches at Normandy. They liberate France.
  • Paris retaken by Allied Forces

    Paris retaken by Allied Forces
    Battle of Paris lasts 6 days, until the Nazis sign an armistice.
  • Battle of the Bulge – last offensive of German Forces

    Battle of the Bulge – last offensive of German Forces
    The allies will win this battle but it will be known as the bloodiest battle in World War 2.
  • US forces return to recapture the Philippines

    US forces return to recapture the Philippines
    Japan was in control of the Philippines.
  • FDR dies, Harry S. Truman becomes President

    FDR dies, Harry S. Truman becomes President
    After 4 terms in office, Predident FDR suddenly passes away.
  • V-E Day, war ends in Europe

    V-E Day, war ends in Europe
    Germany offically surrenders and World War 2 ends in Europe.
  • First Atomic Bombs dropped

    First Atomic Bombs dropped
    With Germany defeated, the US could focus on defeating Japan. The first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and the second was dropped on Nagasaki.
  • V-J Day, Japan surrenders to Allied Forces

    V-J Day, Japan surrenders to Allied Forces
    It is announced that Japan will surrender unconditionally.
  • War Crimes Trials held in Nuremburg, Germany; Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan.

    War Crimes Trials held in Nuremburg, Germany; Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan.
    Leaders of Germany, Japan, and other countries are put on trial for crimes against humanity.