World War II

  • Japan's Invasion of China

    Japan's Invasion of China
    Minor fighting has begun to occur in China with the Japanese. Eventually this escalates into a full blown war
  • German Invasion of Poland

    German Invasion of Poland
    The German-Soviet Pact of August 1939, which stated that Poland was to be partitioned between the two powers, enabled Germany to attack Poland without the fear of Soviet intervention.
  • Battle of Britian

    Battle of Britian
    The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF
  • Tripartite Pact

    Tripartite Pact
    The Tripartite Pact, also the Three-Power Pact, Axis Pact, Three-way Pact or Tripartite Treaty was a pact signed in Berlin, Germany, which established the Axis Powers of World War .
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    It permitted the U.S. to "sell, transfer title to, exchange, lease, lend, or otherwise dispose of, to any such government [whose defense the President deems vital to the defense of the United States] any defense article."
  • German Blitzkrieg on U.S.S.R.

    German Blitzkrieg on U.S.S.R.
    Invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II.Over the course of the operation, about four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded the USSR along a 2,900 km the largest invasion in the history of warfare
  • Siege of Leningrad

    Siege of Leningrad
    A prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad in the Eastern Front of World War II.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans.
  • Formation of the United Nations

    Formation of the United Nations
    Representatives of 26 nations at war with the Axis powers met in Washington to sign the Declaration of the United Nations
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    The Wannsee Conference set a new course for how the Nazis would deal with the Jews; Wannsee was where the "Final Solution" was formulated: the complete elimination of the Jewish People.
  • The Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway
    The United States Navy decisively defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. A pivotal battle in WWII
  • D-Day

    U.S., Canadaian, and British invasion of Normandy, France
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    Yalta Conference was the second wartime meeting of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire.
  • Okinawa

    Allied forces invade the island of Okinawa and engage the Japanese in the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War.
  • Hitler's Death

    Hitler's Death
    Adolf Hitler committed suicide by gunshot on 30 April 1945 in his Führerbunker in Berlin
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    The public holiday 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. It marked the end of World War II in Europe.
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Harry Truman—met in Potsdam, Germany, from July 17 to August 2, 1945, to negotiate terms for the end of World War II.
  • Hiroshima Bombing

    Hiroshima Bombing
    First use of nuclear weapons in war
  • Bombing of Nagasaki

    Bombing of Nagasaki
    The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki made Nagasaki the second and, to date, last city in the world to experience a nuclear attack
  • V-J Day

    V-J Day
    On August 15, 1945, news of the Japanese surrender was announced to the world.
  • Truman Docterine

    Truman Docterine
    Stated that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent their falling into the Soviet sphere.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    American initiative to aid Europe, in which the United States gave economic support to European countries post war.
  • Formation of N.A.T.O.

    Formation of N.A.T.O.
    An intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party
  • Mao Zedong and People’s Republic of China

    Mao Zedong and People’s Republic of China
    Following the Chinese Civil War and the victory of Mao Zedong's Communist forces over the Kuomintang forces of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, Mao declared the founding of the People's Republic of China
  • The Korean War

    The Korean War
    The Korean War was a war between the Republic of Korea supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ,
  • Stalin's Death

    Stalin's Death
    Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953
  • Khrushchev

    Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was a politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He was responsible for the de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    The Warsaw Pact was the military complement to the CoMEcon, the regional economic organization for the communist States of Central and Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Pact was in part a Soviet military reaction to the integration of West Germany into NATO.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    A Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from December 1956 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975
  • Launch of Sputnik 1

    Launch of Sputnik 1
    Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviets won the Space Race
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    1400 Cuban exiles launched what became a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    Was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin
  • Cuban Missle Crisis

    Cuban Missle Crisis
    A direct and dangerous confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and was the moment when the two superpowers came closest to nuclear conflict
  • Gorbachev Rises

    Gorbachev Rises
    Gorbachev was elected General Secretary by the Politburo on 11 March 1985. Upon his accession at age 54, he was the youngest member of the Politburo. He was also the first person to be elected party leader after having initially failed in a previous bid for the post.
  • The Fall of the Soviet Union

    The Fall of the Soviet Union
    On December 26, 1991, the dissolution of the Soviet Union was finalized by the Soviet of the Republics of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, acknowledging the independence of the twelve republics of the Soviet Union, and creating the Commonwealth of Independent States.