World War II

  • Nazi Invasion of Poland

    Hitler invades Poland to increase land. Britain and France declare war on Germany two days later.
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  • Battle of Britain

    British victory in Battle of Britain forces Hitler to postpone invasion plans.
  • Declaration of War Against Japan

    Japan attacks Pearl Harbor on December 7 because the majority of Pacific fleet was there. United States enters World War II.
  • Battle of Midway

    The United States Navy defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy attack against Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet.
  • The Battle of Stalingrad

    The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in southwestern Russia.German force in and near Stalingrad was destroyed to the last man.
  • D-Day Invasion

    D-Day was a term used for the day of actual landing in Normandy.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. Paris was liberated in August.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    The Germans launched their last major offensive of the war, which killed 19,000 Americans and delayed the Allies' march into Germany.
  • Allies liberate Buchenwald

    Allies liberate Buchenwald and Belsen concentration camps; President Roosevelt dies. Harry Truman becomes President.
  • Germany surrenders

    Russians reach Berlin: Hitler commits suicide and Germany surrenders on May 7.
  • The First Atomic Bomb Dropped on Japan

    The United States conducted two atomic bombings against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the first on August 6, 1945 and the second on August 9, 1945, which killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. Japan surrenders on August 14.