World War II

  • U-boats sink merchant vessels

    U-boats sink merchant vessels
    The Battle of the Atlantic was a commerce war waged by German U-Boats against Britain’s merchant marine. For nearly six years, Germany launched over 1,000 U-Boats into combat, in an attempt to isolate and blockade the British Isles, thereby forcing the British out of the war.
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  • Vichy France begins

    Vichy France begins
    Metropolitan France was divided into a German occupation zone in the north and west and an unoccupied zone in the south.
  • Battle for Britain

    Battle for Britain
    The Battle of Britain was the name given to the air campaign by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom. They tried to gain superiority over the Royal Air Force.
  • Japan joins Axis

    Japan joins Axis
    By Japan joining the Axis, it would give them a better chance at controlling the Pacific.
  • Hitler breaks Non-aggression agreement and invades the Soviet Union

    Hitler breaks Non-aggression agreement and invades the Soviet Union
    Operation Barbarossa was the code name given for Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. Over 4.5 million troops of the Axis powers invaded the USSR.
  • FDR approves "shoot on sight"

    FDR approves "shoot on sight"
    Germany was attacking US ships, making FDR retaliate by approving the shoot on sight tactic.
  • Japanese ambassadors arrive in Washington

    Japanese ambassadors arrive in Washington
    Japanese ambassors arrived in Washington to speak with FDR.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Pearl HarborThe Japanese navy launched an unannounced attack on the American naval base located in Hawaii, which resulted in the US's entry into World War II.
  • Germany and Italy declare war on US

    Germany and Italy declare war on US
    America responded immediately by declaring war on the two Axis powers.
  • MacArthur promises return

    MacArthur promises return
    Promises to return to the Philippines while retreating from the Japanese.
  • Bataan death march

    Bataan death march
    Bataan Death MarchTakes place in the Philippines and was accounted as a Japanese war crime. The 60 mile march happened after the three month battle.
  • Battle of Coral Sea

    Battle of Coral Sea
    The battle was the first fleet action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other. It was also the first naval battle in history in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly at the other.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The Battle of Midway was the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. About one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea and six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy attack against Midway Atoll, causing serious damage on the Japanese.
  • End of Battle of Stalingrad

    End of Battle of Stalingrad
    This was the surrender of the German VI Army.
  • Guadalcanal

    Guadalcanal
    This battle was fought on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theatre of World War II. Faught on the ground, at sea, and in the air, the battle was the first major offensive launched by Allied forces against Japan.
  • General Eisenhower and his forces land in North Africa

    General Eisenhower and his forces land in North Africa
    This was "Operation Torch was the British-American" invasion of French North Africa in World War II during the North African Campaign.
  • Sicily falls

    Sicily falls
    The Allies took Sicily from the Axis (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a large scale operation, followed by six weeks of land combat.
  • Rome falls

    Rome falls
    The Allied forces took their first Axis capital, Rome.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    D-Day (Normandy Landings) were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.
  • MacArthur returns

    MacArthur returns
    US General Douglas MacArthur kept the promise he had made two and a half years earlier to the people of the Philippines: he returned to the islands with a huge invasion force and the largest naval vessels in the history of mankind. For MacArthur, the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese was the culmination of the war.
  • Kamikaze attacks begin

    Kamikaze attacks begin
    The first mass kamikaze attack took place on the ships of the Third Fleet steaming off Luzon, Philippines. Six suicide crafts plunged into four aircraft carriers — USS Hancock, USS Essex, USS Cabot and USS Intrepid.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    It was the last major German attack of the war. The Germans attacked a weak area of the allied lines. Their intention was to break through, split the American and British armies, capture Antwerp, Belgium thus cutting off the British from supplies and reinforcements. It was unsuccessful however, the allied lines held up.
  • US flag raised on Mt. Suribachi

    US flag raised on Mt. Suribachi
    Marines raised the American flag at the summit of Mt. Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima.
  • Okinawa taken

    Okinawa taken
    This attack was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The battle last 82 days.
  • Truman becomes President

    Truman becomes President
    Truman becomes PresidentHarry Truman becomes the 33rd president after Roosevelt died less than three months after beginning his fourth term.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    Hitler commits suicide
    Hitler commits SuicideThe cause of death is suicide by a gunshot wound to the head and cyanide posioning. The lack of public information concerning the whereabouts of Hitler's remains, confused reports stemming from the dual method and other circumstances surrounding the event encouraged rumours that Hitler may have survived the end of World War II
  • V-E Day

    V-E Day
    This date was when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima
    Another effort by the US to end the war.
  • Nagasaki

    Nagasaki
    An effort by the US to end the war; Japenese generals would not accept defeat.
  • V-J Day

    V-J Day
    V-J DayThe day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, ending WWII.
  • Formal surrender of Japan

    Formal surrender of Japan
    Japan SurrendersJapan surrenders after the bombing of Nagasaki- Emperor Hirohito said that he couldn't bare to watch his innocent people suffer the way they did, so he had his empire surrender.