World War 2 Events

  • the japanese invasion of china

    the japanese invasion of china
    this event between the republic of china and the empire of japan was very important because it was made up more than 90% of the casualties in the pacific war. and the second sino-japanese war was the largest asian war in the 20th century.
  • germany blizkrieg

    germany blizkrieg
    when germany invaded poland in 1939 western journalisits aspoted the term blitzkrieg to describe this armoured warfare blitzrieg operations were very effective during the campaigns of 1939-1941
  • germany's invasion of poland

    germany's invasion of poland
    after the mid september polish defeat in the battle of the bzura the germans gained an undisputed advantage the campaign ended 6 october with germany and the soviet union dividing and annexing the whole of poland.
  • operation barbarossa

    operation barbarossa
    the three great army groups over three million german soldiers 150 divisions and three thousaund tanks smashed across the frontier into soviet territory the invasion covered a front from the north cape to the black sea a distance of two thousaund miles.
  • pearl harbor

    pearl harbor
    hundreds of japanese fighter plans attacked the american novel plcae at pearl harbor near honolulu, hawahii. the barrage lasted just two hours but it was devastating.
  • wannese conference

    wannese conference
    The Wannsee Conference (German: Wannseekonferenz) was a meeting of senior officials of Nazi Germany, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942.
  • operation gomorrah

    operation gomorrah
    Britain had suffered the deaths of 167 civilians as a result of German bombing raids in July. Now the tables were going to turn. The evening of July 24 saw British aircraft drop 2,300 tons of incendiary bombs on Hamburg in just a few hours.
  • normandy invasion

    normandy invasion
    D-Day, the day of the initial assaults, was Tuesday 6 June 1944. Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on that day came from Canada, the Free French forces, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces also participated, as well as contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands.
  • operation thunderclap

    operation thunderclap
    Operation Thunderclap was the code for a cancelled operation planned in August 1944 but shelved and never implemented. The plan envisaged a massive attack on Berlin in the belief that would cause 220,000 casualties with 110,000 killed, many of them key German personnel, which would shatter German morale. However, it was later decided that the plan was unlikely to work.[1]
  • battle of the bulge

    battle of the bulge
    The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe
  • battle of two jima

    battle of two jima
    Iwo Jima was defended by roughly 23,000 Japanese army and navy troops, who fought from an elaborate network of caves, dugouts, tunnels and underground installations. Despite the difficulty of the conditions
  • ve day

    ve day
    On Mar. 7, 1945, the Western Allies—whose chief commanders in the field were Omar N. Bradley and Bernard Law Montgomery—crossed the Rhine after having smashed through the strongly fortified Siegfried Line and overran West Germany. German collapse came after the meeting (Apr. 25) Read more: V-E Day: May 8, 1945
  • battle of okinawa

    battle of okinawa
    Last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Okinawa campaign (April 1—June 22, 1945) involved the 287,000 troops of the U.S. Tenth Army against 130,000 soldiers of the Japanese Thirty-second Army. At stake were air bases vital to the projected invasion of Japan
  • dropping of the atomic bombs

    dropping of the atomic bombs
    The United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Though the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan marked the end of World War II, many historians argue that it also ignited the Cold War.
  • vj day

    vj day
    On August 15, 1945, news of the surrender was announced to the world. This sparked spontaneous celebrations over the final ending of World War II.