World War II

  • Japanese invade China

    Japanese invade China
    In 1931, Japan, eager for the vast natural resources to be found in China and seeing her obviod weakness, invaded and occupied Manchuria. When China appealed to the League of Nations to intervene, the League published the Lytton Report which condemned Japanese aggression. The only real consequence of this was that an outraged Japanese delegation stormed out of the League of Nations
  • Germany Invades Poland!

    Germany Invades Poland!
    4:45 a.m. 1.5 million German troops go bang bang on Poland all along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory.To Hitler, the conquest of Poland would bring Lebensraum, or “living space,” for the German people.According to his plan, the “racially superior” Germans would colonize the territory and the native Slavs would be enslaved.
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    World War II

    The Deadliest war in human History
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    Germany get lazy and begins to use a Blitzreig tactic

    Germany sought to avoid a long war. Germany's strategy was to defeat its opponents in a series of short campaigns. Germany quickly overran much of Europe and was victorious for more than two years by relying on a new military tactic called the "Blitzkrieg". This tactic was used to aviod a long war.
  • The Fall of Paris

    The Fall of Paris
    Parisians awaken to the sound of a German-accented voice announcing via loudspeakers that a curfew was being imposed for 8 p.m. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had tried for days to convince the French government to hang on, America would come to aid. French men and women in the west cheered-as Canadian troops rolled through their region, offering hope for a free France yet. President Roosevelt froze the American assets of the Axis powers, Germany and Italy.
  • Operation Barbarosa

    Operation Barbarosa
    On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler launched his armies eastward in a massive invasion of the Soviet Union:
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. The Japanese government believed that the only way to solve its economic and demographic problems was to expand into its neighbor’s territory and take over its import market; control the pacific.
  • Wanasee Cpnference

    Wanasee Cpnference
    The Wannsee Conference (German: Wannseekonferenz) was a meeting of senior officials of Nazi Germany, The purpose of the conference,was to ensure the cooperation of administrative leaders of various government departments in the implementation of the final solution to the Jewish question, whereby most of the Jews of German-occupied Europe would be deported to Poland and murdered.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    U.S. surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese during World War II.Marchers made the trek in intense heat and were subjected to harsh treatment by Japanese guards. Thousands perished in what became known as the Bataan Death March. America avenged its defeat in the Philippines with the invasion of the island of Leyte in October 1944
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States defeated Japan in one of the most decisive naval battles of World War II. This fleet engagement between U.S. and Japanese navies in the north-central Pacific Ocean resulted from Japan’s desire to sink the American aircraft carriers that had escaped destruction at Pearl Harbor. The intelligence interplay would be critical to the outcome of the battle and began many weeks before the clash of arms.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    The Battle of Stalingrad was the successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad. Russians consider it to be the greatest battle of their Great Patriotic War It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies
  • Operatoin Gomorrah

    Operatoin Gomorrah
    On this day in 1943, British bombers raid Hamburg, Germany, by night in Operation Gomorrah, while Americans bomb it by day in its own “Blitz Week.”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.
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    The Battle of Normandy. The beggining of the end

    the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.
  • Liberation of Concentration Camps

    Liberation of Concentration Camps
    Soviet soldiers were the first to liberate concentration camp prisoners in the final stages of the war. On July 23, 1944, they entered the Majdanek camp in Poland, and later overran several other killing centers. On January 27, 1945, they entered Auschwitz and there found hundreds of sick and exhausted prisoners.
  • 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.
  • Operation Thunderclap

    Operation Thunderclap
    The proposal was to bomb the eastern-most cities of Germany to disrupt the transport infrastructure behind what was becoming the Eastern front. Also to demonstrate to the German population, in even more devastating fashion, that the air defences of Germany were now of little substance and that the Nazi regime had failed them - See more at: http://ww2today.com/13-february-1945-operation-thunderclap-raf-start-firestorm-in-dresden#sthash.QHiPB4G3.dpuf
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    The Last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Okinawa campaign. 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. It was the blododiest battle of the war
  • VE Day (Day)

    VE Day (Day)
    Victory in Europe Day 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 forces. Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists.
  • Little Boy

    Little Boy
    SInce 1940 the US had been working on an atomic weapon. Albert Einstein had warned that the Germans were doing research on nuclear but by that time the Germans had been defeated. But the war in Japan was in full swing. Harry Truman wanted to aviod tremendous amounts of casualties so instead of invading Japan he would drop an atomic weapon. On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. 15,000 tons of TNT. 80,000 dead.
  • Fat Man

    Fat Man
    The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was not enough to convince the Japanese to surrender. August 9th. 1:56 a.m. a B-29 Bomber took off from a Tinian Island. The bomb was dropped at 11:02 a.m., 22,000 tons of TNT. 60,000-80,000 Dead.
  • 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. On September 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.