World War 2 Project

  • Japanese invasion of China

    Japanese invasion of China
    WikipediaChinese and Japanese started fighting in the area of the Lugou (or Marco Polo) bridge, a crucial access-route to Beijing. It began as a confused exchanged of fire but it turned into a full-scale battle in which Beijing and its port city of Tianjin fell to Japanese forces. Conflict broke out when China began full-scale resistance to the expansion of Japanese influence in its territory, which had begun in 1931. The Japanese committed terrible atrocities both on Chinese soldiers and civilians.
  • Rape of Nanking

    Rape of Nanking
    The Nanking Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, was an period during the Second Sino-Japanese War of mass murder and mass rape by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing, then capital of the Republic of China. The massacre occurred for six weeks. During this period, Chinese civilians were murdered by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army and disarmed soldiers numbering an estimated 40,000 to over 300,000 deaths.
  • German Blitzkrieg

    German Blitzkrieg
    WikipediaBlitzkrieg is a German term for "lightning war", it's military tactic designed to create disorganization among enemy forces and locally concentrated firepower. German forces used the Blitzkrieg in Poland in 1939, they also used this tactic to invade Belgium the Netherlands and France in the 1940s successfully. This tactic was used by the German commander Erwin Rommel during the North African campaign of WWII. A method of swift attack using tanks supported by air troops.
  • Ribbentrop/ Molotov Pact

    Ribbentrop/ Molotov Pact
    WikipediaThis was also called the German-Soviet Pact, this was an economic agreement signed on August 19, 1939 provided that Germany would exchange manufactured goods for Soviet raw materials. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union also signed a ten year non aggression pact on August 23,1939 they promised not to attack eachother. This pact let the Germans attack Poland on September 3, 1939 without fear of Soviets interfering.
  • Germany's invasion of Poland

    Germany's invasion of Poland
    WikipediaSeptember. , 1939 at 4:45am about 1 million German troops invaded Poland along its 1,750 mile border with German controlled territory, at the same time German Luftwaffe bombed polish airfields. Adolf Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action (the conquest of Poland would bring living space for the Germans)52 On August 23,1939 Germany signed a non aggression pact with the Soviet Union to prevent themselves from the USSR coming to Poland's aid.
  • Fall of Paris

    Fall of Paris
    HistoryThe Fall of Paris was the German invasion of France and the low countries during World War II. The invasion contain of two main operations The Fall Gelb and The Fall Rot to invade France. By the time German tanks rolled in Parisians had fled with good reason. While some Parisians were trapped, the Canadian troops came in to their region offering to free the Parisians.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    WikipediaOperation Barbarossa was the code name for Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II, which began on 22 June 1941. It was driven by Adolf Hitler's desire to conquer Soviet territory as stated in his 1925 book Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"). The Germans were not able to conquer the Soviet and failure of German troops to defeat Soviet forces signaled a crucial turning point in the war.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    WikipediaOn December 7, 1941 the Japanese launch an attacked at the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack lasted two hours and nearly destroy 20 vessels, 8 battle ship, and more than 300 airplanes. The Japanese wanted to expand their territory and take over it's market.The effect was that the U.S. was force into war with Japan, a war that ended in the unleashing of the 1st nuclear bomb.
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    UshmmThe Wannsee Conference was a meeting of fifteen high ranking senior officials of Nazi Germany. These high ranking officials discussed about the implementation of what will be done to Jews, it was named the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”. The “Final Solution” was code called for systematic, deliberate, physical annihilation of the European Jews. The officials discussed of what will be done to the Jews. Jews were mostly murdered in occupied areas.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    HistoryThe Bataan Death March was on April 9th, after the Unites States had surrender in the peninsula called Bataan. In the surrender of Bataan the United States to the Japanese during World War Two. During the march about 75,000 Filipinos and American troops had to make a 65 mile long march to prison camps. But when the troops had gotten to the prison camps, Japanese troops were ready to kill them and many lost their lives on that day.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    HistorySix months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US defeated Japan in one of the most decisive naval battles of WWII. The US Navy under Admirals Chester Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond Spruance decisively defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy under Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo and Nobutake Kondo near Midway Atoll, inflicting devastating damage on the Japanese fleet.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    HistoryOn July 17, 1942 the Nazi Army bombs the Soviet city of Stalingrad, launching one of the bloodiest battles in history. The battle were consider to be the greatest battle of the entire conflict. It was one of the bloodiest battle in history with the military and civilian together. The Soviet forces crushed the entire German army. The Soviet victory as a great humiliation for Hitler.
  • Warsaw Ghetto uprising

    Warsaw Ghetto uprising
    HistoryOn October 12, 1940, the Germans established a ghetto in Warsaw. They required all Jewish residents of Warsaw to move into an area, which German authorities sealed off from the rest of the city in November 1940. To enclose them, they built a wall over 10 feet high, topped with barbed wire, and was closely guarded. The population of the ghetto was estimated to be over 400,000 Jews.
  • Operation Gomorrah

    Operation Gomorrah
    WikipediaJuly 24, 1943 British bombers raid Hamburg, Germany by night in operation Gomorrah, while American's bomb it by day in its own " Blitz week". Britain had lost 167 civilians because of Germany's bombing raids in July. On the 24th Britain's aircrafts dropped 2,300tons of incendiary bombs on Hamburg in matter of hours. Operation Gomorrah proved devastating to Hamburg there were over 17,000 bomber sorties, over 9,000 tons of explosives and killed more than 30,000 people.
  • Allied Invasion of Italy

    Allied Invasion of Italy
    WikipediaThe invasion took place in Sicily, Italy on September 3rd during the early stages of the Italian Campaign and World War Two. Since the allies had conquered Sicily, Italy has been struggling with political consequences. Since Mussolini has been getting ideas from Hitler, so when World War Two had been happening Mussolini joined, but on Hitler's side. Hitler didn't even help Mussolini with the invasion because he only controls the North of Italy and not south of Rome.
  • D-Day (Normany Invasion)

    D-Day (Normany Invasion)
    WikipediaThe Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overload during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    HistoryOn December 16, 1944 a major German offensive is launch against the Allies in the Ardennes Mountains region on the Western Front. The battle lasted three weeks and resulted in a massive loss of Americans. The war happen because Hitler goal was to split the Allies from one another. The effect after the battle is that the battle ruin the German army and it brought the end of the war in January 25, 1945.
  • Liberation of concentration camps

    Liberation of concentration camps
    HistoryBetween 1944-1945 Allied and Soviet forces, before the surrender of Nazi Germany concentration camps where liberated by soviet soldiers. Prisoners held at concentration camps were forced laborer, due to the bad conditions and executions thousands of inmates died. In the begging of 1945 many camps had been liberated, all of the camps were liberated by the end of the war in Germany.
  • Operation Thunderclap

    Operation Thunderclap
    WikipediaOperation thunderclap was being discussed with the allied command, the proposal was to bomb the Eastern most cities of Germany to disrupt the transport in fracture behind what was becoming the Eastern front.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    HistoryOn February 19, 1945 Americans soldiers make their first strike on the Japanese home islands at Iwo Jima. The allies are gaining ground in the Pacific and they capture two airstrips and used the island as a base. The battle happen because the US needed a place for fighter planes and bombers to land and take off when attacking Japan. The effect of the war is that the American fought for and capture the island.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    History The Battle of Okinawa was the last and biggest Pacific island battles of World War Two. The Battle of Okinawa was a battle against the U.S. with Japan. They fought from what was happening in the east and the U.S. tries to stop Japan from gaining more land. Japan had got furious, so they changed their tactics and started air attacks instead of attacking by land, near the ocean. Either way the U.S. won the battle, but both generals of each side died.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    WikipediaVictory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed force. It marked the end of World War II in Europe. The main concern of many German soldiers was to escape the grip of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner.
  • Potsdam Declaration

    Potsdam Declaration
    WikipediaThe Potsdam Decalration was the surrender of all Japanese armed forces during World War Two. The United States, United Kingdom, and China were all in the same page of making the Declaration to send off to Japan. On July 26,1945 Japan received the Potsdam Declaration for them to sign for there permanent surrender and if they don't sign the U.S., the U.K., and China would cause destruction and damage to Japan.
  • Dropping of the Atomic Bombs

    Dropping of the Atomic Bombs
    WikipediaThe cause of the atomic bombs was that the U.S. wanted Japan to surrender the war and that there will be peace. The U.S. dropped an atomic on the city of Hiroshima. U.S. thought that Japan would surrender, but they didn't so the U.S. dropped another atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945 and then on September 2, 1945 Japan had signed the instrument of surrender, which finally ended World War Two.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    History On August 15, 1945 news of Japan surrender was made to the world. As they surrender representatives of their emperor and prime minister were preparing to formalize their capitulation. On September 2, 1945 a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay on the USS Missouri. Also on that day president Truman declared that September 2 to be VJ Day. In Japan August 15 is usually known as the “memorial day for the end of war.”