World War 2 Era

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    World War II

  • Adolf Hitler becomes leader of National Socialist (Nazi) Party.

    The first step in the 2nd World War
  • Japan invades Manchuria.

  • Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany.

  • Enabling Act gives Hitler dictatorial power.

  • Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign the Rome-Berlin Axis.

  • Germany and Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact.

  • Germany invades Poland, initiating World War II in Europe.

  • Italy enters the war. Italy invades southern France.

  • Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact.

  • Bulgaria joins the Axis.

  • Nazi Germany and its Axis partners invade the Soviet Union.

  • Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.

  • The United States declares war on Japan, entering World War II.

  • The Axis partners declare war on the United States.

  • Axis forces in Tunisia surrender, ending war in North Africa.

  • Allied troops liberate Rome.

  • Finland leaves the Axis partnership.

  • The United States drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

  • The Soviets launch their final offensive, encircling Berlin.

  • Hitler commits suicide.

  • Germany surrenders to the western Allies.

  • The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

  • Japan formally surrenders, ending World War II.