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World War II

  • Italy Invades Ethiopia

    Italy Invades Ethiopia
    Ethiopia had valuable exports and at the time they were also forming a modern army with the help of several European powers, but was purchased with their own money.
  • Japanese Invasion of China

    Japanese Invasion of China
    China used materials from Germany, Soviet Union, and US. Japanese trailed up rivers and railroad tracks in the China interior. The war was the result of a decades-long Japanese imperialist policy aimed at expanding its influence politically and militarily in order to secure access to raw material reserves and other economic reserves in the area.
  • Anshluss in Austria

    Anshluss in Austria
    A union of Germany and Austria to create a 'Greater Germany', any attempt at an Anschluss was banned by the Treaty of Versailles, but Hitler drove it through anyway on March 13 1938.
  • Hitler Renounces the Provisions of the Treaty of Versailles

    Hitler Renounces the Provisions of the Treaty of Versailles
    Germany violated the treaty by occupying the rest of Czechoslovakia.
  • Germany Invaded Poland

    Germany Invaded Poland
    Germanv forces bombard Poland on land and from in the air, as Adolf Hitler seeks to regain lost terriotry and ultimately rule Poland. World War II had begun. This was a primer on how Hitler wanted to hit war. The remainder of German-occupied Poland was organized as the so-called Generalgouvernement under a civilian governor general, the Nazi party lawyer Hans Frank.
  • German Blitzkreig

    German Blitzkreig
    Blitzkreig is a method of warfare whereby an attacking force spearheaded by a dense concentration of armoured and motorised or mechanised infantry formations with close air support, breaks through the opponent's line of defence by short, fast, powerful attacks and then dislocates the defenders, using speed and surprise to encircle them.
  • Hitler Invades France

    Hitler Invades France
    In the Second World War, the Battle of France was the German invasion of France and the Low Countries, beginning on 10 May 1940, which ended the Phony War.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Adolf Hitler launched his armies eastward in a massive invasion of the Soviet Union. The invasion covered a front from the North Cape to the Black Sea, a distance of two thousand miles. This operation was driven by Hitler’s ideological desire to conquer Soviet territory. In the end the Soviets overreached, and the Germans restored a semblance of order to the front; the spring thaw in March 1942 brought operations to a halt. But Barbarossa had failed, and Nazi Ge
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Hundreds of Japanese planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. It was a surprise. No one really knew why, other than they wanted war. Within a matter of hours of the attack, America was moving quickly to get on a war footing. Americans attitudes on war was changing rapidly.
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    A meeting to coordinate the Final Solution (Endlösung) in which the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe, an estimated 11 million persons.
  • 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, the approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    A major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia, on the eastern boundary of Europe.
  • Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
    The 1943 act of Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II, and which opposed Nazi Germany's final effort to transport the remaining Ghetto population to Treblinka extermination camp.
  • Operation Gomarrah

    Operation Gomarrah
    Included numerous strategic bombing missions and diversion/nuisance raids. The attack during the last week of July, Operation Gomarrah created the largest firestorms raised by the royal airforce.
  • Allied Invasion of Italy

    Allied Invasion of Italy
    the Allied amphibious landing on mainland Italy that took place on 3 September 1943 during the early stages of the Italian Campaign of World War II.
  • D-Day

    June 1944 was a major turning point of World War II, particularly in Europe. Although the initiative had been seized from the Germans some months before, so far the western Allies had been unable to mass sufficient men and material to risk an attack in northern Europe.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive, launched toward the end of World War II through the densely forested Ardennes mountain region of Wallonia in Belgium, hence its French name, and France and Luxembourg on the Western Front.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    The U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    A series of battles fought in the Ryukyu Islands, centered on the island of Okinawa, and included the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific.
  • Germany Surrenders

    Germany Surrenders
    The final battles of the European Theatre of World War II as well as the German surrender to the Western Allies and the Soviet Union took place in late April and early May 1945. Generally ended the war.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    Victory in Europe Day, generally known is VE Day, was the public holiday celebrated on to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The Battle of Midway was a decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy under Admirals Chester Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy under Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo, and Nobutake Kondo near Midway Atoll, inflicting devasta
  • Dropping of the atomic bomb

    Dropping of the atomic bomb
    The United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Though the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan marked the end of World War II, many historians argue that it also ignited the Cold War.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    News of the surrender was announced to the world. This sparked spontaneous celebrations over the final ending of World War II.