World War II in East Asia

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  • Japanese Invasion of Manchuria

    An example of Japan's expansionist aims.
  • Japan Invades China

    As part of an aim to gain more territory in East Asia, Japan invades China, which initiates the expanding of World War II into the Pacific.
    Basic Summary of World War II in the Pacific - Starting with Japanese invasions in China
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    Rape of Nanjing

    The most infamous of Japanese attacks on China: Japanese aggressors slaughtered around 100,000 people, and raped thousands of women in the Chinese city of Nanjing.
    See a BBC News Article About the Rape of Nanjing Here
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    Entirety of World War II

  • Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact

    Japan signs the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy, entering the military alliance known as the "Axis Powers"
  • Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

    The Japanese launch a surprise air attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, in an attempt to strike the United States before it was prepared for the war.
    See an Overview of Pearl Harbor Here
  • United States Declares War on Japan

    After the Pearl Harbor bombing, the Unites States enters the war - which then encourages Germany and Italy to declare war on America as well.
  • Nazi Germany & Axis Partners declare War on the United States

    December 11-13, 1945
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    Nazi Germany & Axis Partners declare War on the United States

  • United States Drops an Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

    In anticipation of a Japanese invasion in the United States, President Harry S. Truman ordered that an atomic bomb be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima - which killed around 100,000 people
    Article on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings
  • Soviet Union Declares War on Japan and Invades Manchuria

  • United States Drops an Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki

    A second atomic bomb was dropped on a Japanese city just 3 days after Hiroshima. Within days of the Nagasaki bombing, Japanese Emperor Hirohito declared Japan's surrender.
    Article on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings
  • Japan Formally Surrenders, End of WWII

    As a result of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan formally surrenders - which officially marks the ending of World War II.