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World War II

  • Japanese Invasion of China

    Japanese Invasion of China
    A second Sino-Japanese War broke out between the Japanese and Chinese in 1937. The CCP and Chinese Nationalists got together to fight against Japan. China was provoked by Stalin who saw Japan as a threat, so he armed China. China received aid from Western Democracies, Britian, France, and the U.S. that had a strong public opinion against Japan. Nazi Germany originally sent aid, but later sided with Japan. The Japanese Fall of Nankings killed an 300,000 China civilians and raped 80,000 women.
  • German Blitzkrieg

    German Blitzkrieg
    Blitzkrieg is a German word for "lightning war". It is a military tactic designed to create disorganization among enemy forces through the use of mobile forces and locally concentrated firepower. German forces tested this tactic in Poland in 1939.
  • Germany's Invasion of Poland

    Germany's Invasion of Poland
    About 1.5 million German troops invaded Poland along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. German warships and U-boats attacked the Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea. Britain and France weren't so sure that Germany did a defensive action on Poland. This triggered the start of World War II. Adolf Hitler's plan was have the Germans colonize the territory and the inborn Slavs would be enslaved. Hitler signed a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union, that divided Poland
  • Germany's Invasion of Poland

    Germany's Invasion of Poland
    between them. On August 31, Hitler arranged hostilities against Poland. Nazi S.S. troops wore Polish uniforms and performed a bogus invasion of Germany. In the process, they damaged several minor installations on the German side of the border. There was also dead concentration camp prisoners in Polish uniforms left behind. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went on national radio to announce that Britian was at war with Germany. Later France declared war on Germany.
  • Fall of Paris

    Fall of Paris
    This was the date where Germany invaded and conquered France. The reason the Germans were able go capture Paris was because Paris had no strategical defense for invasions. They invaded with tanks heavily armed. Just 4 days Into the invasion Gremans forces crossed the Meuse River and had started the battle on French lines. This happened because Gremany had already declared war on France but never attacked. The outcome of this was many French vessels were destroyed and many civ's were killed.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Code name for Nazi Germany's invasion of Soviet Russia. Hitler launched an attack on this date with 3 million German soldiers and 3,000 tanks. This happened because hitter wanted to take over Soviet Russia. In the end Germany failed to conquer because they has severely underestimated the Russian military.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    On December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The Japanese had destroyed nearly 20 American naval vessels, this including, eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. There was more than 2,000 American soldiers dead, and another 1,000 were wounded in this attack. President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested Congress to declare war on Japan. Congress later accepted his declaration. Japanese allies,
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Germany, and Italy also delcared war on the United States, and Congress accepted.
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    This was a meeting of the Nazi party discussing how they were going to deal with the Jewish population. This happened because the Germans believed that the Jews were the source of all their problems. This led to the holocaust which was a massive murdering of Jews.
  • Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    This Uprising was formed by the poorly treated Jewish civilians. This resistance took place in German occupied Poland. This happened because the Germans were torching the Jewish civilians by not giving them enough food. Also the Jews suffered beatings for literally no reason. This is important because it was the first time the Jewish population Revolted against Nazi Gremany and one.
  • Operation Gomorrah

    Operation Gomorrah
    Since German dropping bombs in Britian a few weeks earlier; Britian dropped 2,300 tons of bombs in Hamburg with over 1,500 civilians being killed in the first raid. Britain barely got damaged due to their new "window" invention, which was used to look like an aircraft, but had no one in it so many lives were saved. By the end of this operation Hamburg, 17,000 bombs were dropped with more than 30,000 people killed and 280,000 buildings destroyed
  • Allied Invasion of Italy

    Allied Invasion of Italy
    The Allieds invaded the Italian peninsula, crossing the Strait of Messina from Sicily and landing at Calabria. The Italian government quietly agreed to the Allies' terms for surrender, as no public announcement was made until September 8. The Allies launched the invasion of Axis-controlled Europe on July 10,1943. This led to the collapse of Mussolini's government. He was eventually arrested, captured by Italian partisans and summarily executed. German forces in Italy surrendered on May
  • Allied Invasion of Italy

    Allied Invasion of Italy
    first.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    America, Canada, and British forces (allies) attacked on beaches in France. They attacked because Western Europe was under Nazi Germany control due to the results of the Battle of Normandy. This was one of the largest military assaults in history. 156,000 troops stormed the beaches with 4,000 were killed. May 8,1945, Nazi Germany surrendered; this was considered the start of the end of WWII.
  • Operation Tuunderclap

    Operation Tuunderclap
    Operation ThunderClap was a plan developed by the Germans to attack Berlin and was believed to cause 220,000 casualties if launched. The plan was never put into effect because 1. It would have killed all German moral and 2. It was later decided it wouldn't work. The main idea of the plan was to destroy German Transportation and weapon making industries.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    An attack planed by the German army to travel through the densely forested Ardenns region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Lexonberg. This attack was made during the end of the war. The result of the battle was that the allied forces were victorious in pushing back the Germans.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    This battle began because of the need for a base near the Japanese coast. Iwo Jima had had about 23,000 Japanese army and navy tops that worked in caves, dugouts, and underground installations. America invaded Iwo Jima for the desire to gain a place bombers could be safe and a base for the fighters , but in the end lost 5,900 people and 17,400 wounded. When America eventually gained victory, the American soldiers raised a flag over Mount Suribachi at the south of Iwo.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    Both Britian and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both unions put out flags and banners, celebrating the defeat of the Nazi war machine. Mya 8th is the day when German troops throughout Europe once and for all, laid down their arms. Germans surrendered in Prague, Copenhagen and Oslo, at Karlshorst, near Berlin, and in northern Latvia, on the channel island of Sark. The Russians stopped and took captive about 1 million German soldiers who were attempting a mass
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended. This happened just before and after the German surrender.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    One of the biggest and last battles of World War II in the Pacific Island. Involving the 287,000 troops of the U.S. Tenth Army against 130,000 soldiers of the Japanese Thirty-second Army. Air bases were vital to the invasion of Japan. By the end, Japan had lost more than 77,000 soldiers and the Allies had endured more than 65,000 injuries, including 14,000 dead. Okinawa became a mass bloodletting both on land and at sea. The U.S. navy suffered 4,907 deaths or missing aboard 34 ships sunk
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    and 368 damaged.
  • Liberation of Concentration Camps

    Liberation of Concentration Camps
    The Allied troops begun to find thousands of concentration camp prisoners who have survived force marches. In July 1944, Soviet forces had approached a major Nazi camp, near Lublin, Poland. The Germans strived to hide the evidence of mass mjrder they have committed, by smashing the camp. The large crematorium were set on fire, but the gas chambers were still standing. One of the largest killing center and concentration camp, was Auschwitz, which was liberated by the Soviets. The Soviet
  • Liberation of Concentration Camps

    Liberation of Concentration Camps
    soldiers had found only several thousand famished prisoners alive. They had found personal belongings of the victims. For example, they found more than 800,000 women's outfits, hundreds of thousands of men's suits, and more than 14,000 pounds of human hair. Soviet forces also liberated further camps, shortly before Gemany's surrender. American forces liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp,a don rescued more than 20,000 prisoners. The British forces liberated Neuengamme and Bergen-
  • Potsdam Declaration

    Potsdam Declaration
    Japan agreed to surrender by agreeing to the Potsdam Conference terms. In Potsdam Germany, the Potsdam Declaration was issued by U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchhill, and President Chaing Kai-shek of the Republic of China to consider war strategy and post-war policy.
  • Dropping the atomic bomb

    Dropping the atomic bomb
    On This date a 5 ton atomic bomb was dropped in the orders of President Harry Tureman in Hiroshima. The Bomb was an atempted in trying to end this mass casualty war. This bomb was made to make a speedy conclusion to the war. Also that if Americans invaded Japan on foot it would lead to mass casualties. The effects of this event were that the Japanses surrendered due to thousands of civilians were innocently dying. Over all 120, 000 people died due to these bombs
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    On August 15 around the world everyone heard of the surrender of Japan to the allies and the end of WWII, this day of celebration became known as VJ ( Victory over Japan) Day. There was a formal surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.