World War II Major Events

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    The end of Weimar

    The end of the republic formed by the German Revolution after World War I. This government ended because of Adolf Hitler and the rise of the Nazi party.
  • Kellogg–Briand Pact

    Kellogg–Briand Pact
    This pact was signed by Germany, France and the United States as an international agreement where the countries promised not to use war to solve their foreign problems.
  • Liberty Law Campaign Begins

    Liberty Law Campaign Begins
    The Nazi Party joins many other conservative groups to appose the Young Plan. They create a set of guidelines to promote Nazi views called the Liberty Law. Although this law did not get passed, it brought Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party into the politcal mainstream in Germany.
  • Wall Street Stock Market Crash

    Wall Street Stock Market Crash
    The worst stock market crash in United States history and signified the beginning of the Great Depression, and the start of world economic collapse.
  • Japanese Invasion of Manchuria

    Japanese Invasion of Manchuria
    The providence of Manchuria in northeast China is invaded by the Kwantung army of Japan. Chinese forces refused to fight allowing Japan to occupy Manchuria. Japan refuses to leave the state after requests from the League of Nations.
  • Paul von Hindenburg reelected

    Paul von Hindenburg reelected
    Paul von Hindenburg is reelected president of Germany. He is the last president of the Weimar Republic before it is destroyed when Hitler came to power.
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    Hitler takes control

    Hitler's rise to power in Germany, along with the Nazi party, and way of living.
  • Hitler Becomes Fuhrer

    Hitler Becomes Fuhrer
    Current president Paul von Hindenburg dies and 90% of German voters vote for Adolf Hitler to elect him as their new leader.
  • Neutrality Acts

    Neutrality Acts
    Laws passed by the United States Congress stating that the U.S. would remain neutral and stay out of foreign affairs due to the debt caused by WWI.
  • Nuremberg Laws

    Nuremberg Laws
    These laws took the rights of German Jews and ultimately declared them as "subjects" in the eyes of Hitler and Germany.
  • Italy Invades Ethiopia

    Italy Invades Ethiopia
    Benito Mussolini adopts Hitler's ideas of expansion and invades Ethiopia. Ethiopia declares war on Italy.
  • Munich Agreement

    Munich Agreement
    An agreement between Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany stating that Germany could have the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia, In return, Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe.
  • Sudetenland

    Germany annexes parts of Czechoslovakia for living space for German people. Approximately 23.4% of the people living in Czechoslovakia were from Germany.
  • Kristallnacht

    Mob violence broke out and started beating, murdering, and torturing Jews. German police stood by and did nothing to stop it. Many Synagogues, Jewish homes, and stores were broken into and torched. This night is referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass".
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    World War, Again

    The state of total war involving Axis powers Germany, Italy, and Japan, and Allied powers Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
  • Invasion of Poland

    Invasion of Poland
    Germany and the Soviet Union invade Poland. With little defense Poland withdraws towards the southeast and waits for relief from France and the United Kingdom. Poland is divided and annexed with Germany taking the western half and the Soviet Union gaining the eastern half. This signifies the start of WWII.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States signs an act to give aid to allies during WWII. This includes supplies, aircrafts, ships, and many other things.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Codename for the German invasion of the Soviet Union breaking their non-aggression pact. Around 4 million troops invaded the USSR making it the largest invasion in warfare history.
  • Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor

    Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor
    Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attack the U.S. naval base of Pearl Harbor. Located near Honolulu, Hawaii, the Japanse barrage destroyed 20 American naval vessels, nearly 200 airplanes, and 2000 soldiers. 1000 additional soldiers were injured in the attack. This caused the United States to declare war on Japan.
  • Midway

    The Battle of Midway is said to be the turning point of WWII. About six months after the Pearl Harbor bombing, the United States defeat Japan in a naval battle at Midway Atoll, about one third of the way between Honolulu, Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. Military historian John Keegan called it "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare."
  • Stalingrad

    Germany fights the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad. It is among the bloodiest battles in history with casualties resulting in almost two million. After Stalingrad, Germany never recovered and did not win any more battles in the east.
  • Invasion of Normandy (D-Day)

    Invasion of Normandy (D-Day)
    Allied forces storm the beaches of Normandy delivering a final blow to Germany's weakened military.
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp Liberated

    Auschwitz Concentration Camp Liberated
    Soviet troops enter and liberate the descructive concentration camp of Auschwitz.
  • Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day)

    Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day)
    Allies accept the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.
  • Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    An atomic bomb was dropped by the United States on Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city killing hundreds of thousand of people. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people.
  • Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day)

    Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day)
    The Japanese surrender to the United States effectively ending WWII.
  • Nuremberg Trials

    Nuremberg Trials
    Victorious Allied powers prosecute and convict Nazi leaders for the war crimes committed in WWII.
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    The Aftermath

    The time period of recovery for all countries involved after the devastating effects of World War II.
  • 38 Parallel

    38 Parallel
    The United States and Soviet Union meet on opposite sides of the 38 parallel in Korea each claiming to be ruler of all of Korea. This leads to the Korean War two years later.