World War 2 1920-1945

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    World War 2

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    World war 2

  • 1921 Hitler

    1921 Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the Nazi Party
  • Mussolini

    1922 Benito Mussolini appointed Prime Minister of Italy
  • Josef Stalin

    1929 Josef Stalin sole dictator of the Soviet Union (USSR
  • China

    1931 Japan’s Army seizes Manchuria, China
  • Germany

    1933 Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany
  • Africa

    1935 Italian Army invades Ethiopia in Africa
  • Neutrality Act

    1935 Neutrality Act passed by US Congress
  • Militarist

    1936 Militarist take control of Japanese Government
  • Hitler

    1936 Hitler sends troops into Rhineland of Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty
  • People

    1937 Japan’s army pillages Nanjing, China; massacre a quarter of a million people.
  • Jew camps

    1938 Nazis begin rounding up Jews for labor camps
  • Munich Pact

    1938 Munich Pact signed giving the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Germany
  • Nazis and Poland

    1939 Sept 1st - Nazis invade Poland; Britain and France declare war on Germany
  • Soviet Pact

    1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact signed by Hitler and Stalin
  • Peacetime

    1940 First time Peacetime Draft in US
  • Germany and France

    1940 Germany invades France and forces it to surrender
  • Battle of Britain

    1940 Battle of Britain – Royal Air Force defeats German Air Force to prevent invasion of their island
  • Natzis and Denmark

    1940 Nazis invade Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium – take control
  • Japaness

    1941 Japanese invade French Indochina (Viet. Laos, Cambodia)
  • Hitler

    1941 Hitler breaks Pact with Stalin’s Russia and invades -USSR now joins England in fighting the Germans
  • FDR

    1941 Churchill and FDR issue the Atlantic Charter
  • Hawaii

    1941 Pearl Harbor in Hawaii attacked by Japanese Naval and Air forces, US declares war on Japan, Germany and Italy declare war on the US
  • Bataan Death,isolated camps,Battle of Midway,& Russia

    1942 Philippines fall to Japanese – Bataan Death March
    1942 Japanese Americans interned in isolated camps
    1942 Battle of Midway, turning point of war in the Pacific
    1942 Russians stop Nazi advance at Stalingrad save Moscow
  • U.S forces, CA, & Mussolini

    1943 British and US forces defeat German and Italian armies in North Africa
    1943 Zoot Suit Riots – Los Angeles, CA
    1943 July - Italy surrenders, Mussolini dismissed as Prime Min.
  • D-Day

    1944 June - D-Day invasion of France at Normandy by Allies
  • Paris

    1944 Aug. - Paris retaken by Allies Forces
  • Battle of the Bulge

    1944 Dec. Battle of the Bulge – last offensive of German Forces
  • FDR dies

    1945 April 16th - FDR dies, Harry S. Truman becomes President
  • V-E day

    1945 May 8th - V-E Day, war ends in Europe
  • US forces

    1945 Jan. – US forces return to recapture the Philippines
  • Bombs & V.J Day

    1945 Aug. - First Atomic Bombs dropped
    1945 Aug. 14th – V-J Day, Japan surrenders to Allied Forces
  • War Crimes

    1946 War Crimes Trials held in Nuremburg Germany; Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan.