World War 2 Timeline

  • Great Depression

    Great Depression
    The serious and world-wide economic decline of the 1930s starting mainly from the stock market crash and economic downfall in October of 1929 and from the dust bowl destroying farmland.
  • Japan Conquers Manchuria

    Japan Conquers Manchuria
    The conquering of Manchuria was substantial to the war because Japan was trying to extend its empire and because of how many people they killed to gain control of Manchuria the League of Nations tried to return Manchuria to China but couldnt do anything.They invaded in 1931.
  • Roosevelt Elected President

    Roosevelt Elected President
    Roosevelt was first elected in 1933 and was the only president to serve for more than 2 terms (1933-1945). Roosevelt helped end the great depression with the new deal program and was a strong Democrat.
  • Nuremburg Laws

    Nuremburg Laws
    The nuremburg laws were antismetic laws in Germany that introduced the Nazi party, Nazism became an official ideology incorporating antisemitism as form of scientific racism.
  • Rome-Berlin Axis

    Hitler and Mussolini formed alliance that was signed to last from 1936 to 1940.
  • Japan Invades China

    Japan was a very resource poor country and needed resources to battle in the war. After the U.S. had cut off imports from China into Japan, Japan had no choice but to attack China for resources.
  • Germany Invades Austria

    Germany Invades Austria
    Before the alliance between Germany and Italy the Italian army were the ones protected Austria. When Germany and Italy formed a friendship they left Autria and Germany decided to attack.
  • Britain's Appeasment of Germany

    Britain's Appeasment of Germany
    Britain appeased Germany so they could avoid them in the war.
  • Kristallnacht

    Wave of violent anti-Jewish progroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany and Austria. On the Night of Broken Glass they broke glass and destroyed homes and business of Jewish people.
  • Germany and Soviet Union Nonagression Pact

    Devided Eastern Europe into Germany and Soviet spheres of influence.
  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    Germany invades on land and air as Adolf Hitler seeks to regain territory and rule Poland. In this invasion Germany started the "blitzrieg" strategy, which was to first bomb the enemies air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps, followed by massive land invasions.
  • Germany invades Norway and Denmark

  • Germnay invades Belgium

  • Germany invades France

  • Germany bombs London and starts batttle of Britain

  • Japan Joins the Axis

    Japan joined the axis powers because Germany signed a treaty saying they would protect them from Russia.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    Enacted on March 11, 1941, the lend-lease act was the law that started a program under which the United States of America supplied the United Kingdom, the USSR, Rupublic of China, Free France, and other Allied nations with material and other resources from 1941 to 1945.
  • Tuskegee Airmen

    Tuskegee Airmen
    The Tuskegee Airmen were the African-American pilots who fought in WW2. Every African American pilot in WW2 trained at Tuskegee because even in the war it was blacks were racially descriminated.
  • Germany invades the Soviet Union

  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Pearl Harbor is an American naval base on Hawaii which was attacked by the Japanese which brought America into WW2.
  • Japanese-American incarceration

    Japanese-American incarceration
    "War Relocation Camps" relocated about 110,000 Japanese people directly from their homes to incarceration camps.
  • "Final Solution"

    "Final Solution"
    The Nazis implemented the Final Solution so they could get rid of the whole Jewish population. The final solution was allegedly the most deadly phase of the Holocaust.
  • Bataan Death March

    The Bataan Death March was the forcible transfer from the Japanese Army of 60-80,000 Filipno and American prisoners of war.
  • Manhattan Project

    Manhattan Project
    The Manhattan project was the research and development project behind the first atomic bomb. It was led by the United States with support from the United Kingdom and Canada. The project was led by Major General Leslie Groves of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The project began in 1939 and grew to employ more than 130,000 people and costed about 2 billion dollars or about 26 billion today.
  • Battle of Midway

    Most important naval battle of the Pacific campaign in WW2. Americas navy decisivley won the battle of midway and damaged the Japanese fleet greatly. Japan wanted to beat out the United States on hte Pacific so they could easily take over Eastern China but the U.S. stopped that.
  • Guadacanal

    The dog fight over Guadacanal was between American skilled navy pilot 'Pug' Sutherland and Japanese ace Saburo Sakai. Astonishingly both men live to tell the tale of the dog fight but there are still unanswered questions about why the two men didn't shoot at eachother when they each had the chance.
  • Allies stop Germany in Battle of El Alamein

    Allies stop Germany in Battle of El Alamein
    The allies victory took a big turning point in the Western Desert Champion where the stopped the Germans from moving foward.
  • Germany surrenders at Stalingrad

    Germany surrenders at Stalingrad
    Befor Germany surrendered Hitler quoted "Surrender is out of the question. The troops will defend themselves to the last!" The battle of Stalingrad began in the summer of 1942 and as winter began the harsh conditions took toll on the German defenses. Hitler wanted Von Paulus to commit suicide but was later captured.
  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter
    Rosie was a cultural icon for women during WW2 and represented the African American women who worked in factories during WW2. Since most of the men had to fight in the war women stepped up and accomplished things that only men had done before.
  • D-DAY

    June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. 9,000 soldiers were killed or wounded.
  • Batlte of the Buldge

    Batlte of the Buldge
    Battle of the Buldge was a major German offensive attack through the densley forested area of Wallonia, Belgium. Germans planned complete secrecy, minimizing radio traffic and hid under the darkness. The allied troops were caught by suprise and were damaged greatly at first. When the U.S. called in reinforcments they damaged the Germans so greatly they were forced to retreat. This was the bloodiest battle America fought in WW2.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    The Yalta conference was the meeting held by the heads of the goverments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. This meeting was mainly for discussin the re-establishment of the nations torn up from war in Europe.
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    This was an important battle in the Pacific for the U.S. capturing the isalnd of Iwo Jima from the Japanese empire. This month-long battle was the bloodiest battle in the Pacific.
  • Okinawa

    The battle of Okinawa was a long 82 day battle. After a lot of island hopping by the United States they needed to take over the large island of Okinawa and use it for a base of air operations.
  • Roosevelt dies Truman becomes president

  • Allied forces advance on Berlin, Germany surrenders

    Allied forces advance on Berlin, Germany surrenders
    The commander of Germany in the battle of Berlin surrendered at the end of the battle.
  • Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki
    The first bomb "Little boy" was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6 and on August 9 "Fat man" was dropped on Nagasaki. The US used the atomic bomb to quickly end the war with Japan and is known as the only time there has been a use of nuclear weaponry in war.
  • Japan signs an official letter of surrender

    Japan signs an official letter of surrender