World war 2 soldiers (30)

World War II timeline

  • German Invasion of Poland

    German Invasion of Poland
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    German Invasion of Poland

    During this invasion, German soldiers broke through Poland's defenses using about 2,000 tanks and 1,000 planes. The Germans encircled Warsaw with their weapons and on September 28,1939, Warsaw surrendered.
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    German's Invasion of Poland (2)

    This is a siginificant event because as a result of the invasion, Britain and France declared war on the Germans on September 3, 1939 and battle on the Eastern Front started. After this event, the USSR and Germany signed an agreement that determined which sections of Poland they would occupy and portions of Poland were partitioned off to the axis powers.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
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    Battle of Britain

    In July at the start of the battle, Germans waited for the British to surrender and then attacked in August with air strikes that caused some substantial damage to radar sites. On August 15, the Germans decided to attack the RAF air bases causing both sides to loose many soldiers. On September 7, 1940, the Germans successfully invaded London. On September 15, 1940, the Germans invaded Britain again, but lost many and caused a loss of morale in German bombers.
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    Battle of Britain (2)

    This battle resulted in British victory. As a result of the battle, Hitler cancelled an invasion on the British Isles. This Battle of Britain is significant because it ultimately prevented Germany from invading Britain.
  • Operation Barbarossa- Russia

    Operation Barbarossa- Russia
    During this surprise attack, the axis powers used a total of 3 million soldiers too invade the Soviet Union. As the Germans advanced farther into Russia, they captured over 300,000 Russians and large amounts of Russian equipment were destroyed. The rainy, cold weather took its toll on German soldiers and they struggled to enter Moscow. The Russians threatened attacks on Germans and they slowly retreated. This attack ended with no success for the Germans.
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    Operation Barbarbossa- Russia

    During this surprise attack, the axis powers used a total of 3 million soldiers too invade the Soviet Union. As the Germans advanced farther into Russia, they captured over 300,000 Russians and large amounts of Russian equipment was destroyed. The rainy, cold weather took its toll on German soldiers and they struggled to enter Moscow. The Russians threatened attacks on Germans and they slowly retreated. This attack ended with no success for the Germans.
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    Operaiton Barbarossa- Russia (2)

    This attack is significant becaused it caused Germans to question their authority and choices in the war.
  • Battle of Moscow- Russia

    Battle of Moscow- Russia
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    Battle of Moscow- Russia

    Hitler had ordered German units located in other parts of Russia to be moved to Moscow. A group of Germans led by Field Marshall von Bock entered Russia to take Moscow with 1 million men using planes, tanks and artillery guns. 10 days into the attack, Bock was ordered to block any people in Russia from escaping the country. A second attack on Moscow in November of 1941 was met with Russian resistance and the German momentum had stopped. Russia successfully resisted Germany with counter-attacks.
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    Battle of Moscow- Russia (2)

    This battle ended in Russian success and German strategic failure. This battle is significant because it ultimately caused the failure of Operaiton Barbarossa in Russia.
  • Battle of Stalingrad- Russia

    Battle of Stalingrad- Russia
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    Battle of Stalingrad- Russia

    At the beginning of the battle, German soldiers advanced into Stalingrad with the intention of securing the oil fields in Russia by conquerring the city. Battles of hand-to-hand contact were fought in the streets of the city and Germans gained some territory, but they failed to fully secure the territory throughout the battle. In Novermber of 1942, Russia set up armies to surround the city and trapped Germans in Stalingrad. As a result of months in Russia, the Germans surrendered.
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    Battle of Stalingrad- Russia (2)

    The Germans lost over 90,000 men and a great amount of supplies and equipment during this battle. This battle was significant because as a result of the battle, Germany started to retreat on the Eastern Front. This battle caused a large shift in the war.
  • Battle of Kursk- Russia

    Battle of Kursk- Russia
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    Battle of Kursk, Russia

    In this battle, the Germans had planned a surprise attack on the city of Kursk, Russia in an attempt to relinquish some of the territory lost in Eastern Front in Europe. The Russians found out about the plans before the attack and withdrew from the main areas of vulnerablity. On July 12 of 1943, the Russians initiated a counter-attack on the Germans. The battle ended in Russian victory.
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    Battle of Kursk- Russia (2)

    This battle is significant because it ultimatley caused the Germans to start to retreat in the Eastern Front.
  • D-Day- France

    D-Day- France
    The morning of the attack, the US and Britain airborne divisions were dropped behind the beaches of Normandy, France. Both air and naval bombardment on Omaha beach caused the allied powers to defeat the Germans as a result of the event and establish beachheads in Normandy. This event was significant because the Germans were now further reatreating from the Eastern Front.
  • Battle of the Bulge- Belgium/ Luxemburg

    Battle of the Bulge- Belgium/ Luxemburg
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    Battle of the Bulge- Belgium/Luxemburg

    In an attempt to break up the alliance between France, Britain and the US, the Germans planned a major attacked mainly against the US. The Germans attacked Luxemburg and Belgium with initial success that lasted until the US started counter-attacks. This allowed time for more troops to be rushed into Belgium to help defeat the Germans. The German assult resulted in a bulge, thus the name of the battle. The battle ended when US forces met up and defeated the Germans.
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    Battle of the Bulge, Belgium/Luxemburg (2)

    This resulted in over 80,000 US casualties. This battle is significant because it caused even more German defeat in the Eastern Front.
  • Battle of Berlin

    Battle of Berlin
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    Battle of Berlin (2)

    This battle is significant because it caused the end of war on the Eastern Front.
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    Battle of Berlin

    In late March of 1945, the Allied forces came across the Rhine River and entered Germany. During the middle of January, the Allies started closing in on Berlin. On April 25, 1945, the Russians surrounded the capital using artillery weapons. On April 29 of 1945, Hitler married and committed suicide the day after as a result of Germany's downfall. On May 9, 1945, the Germans officially surrendered and the Allied forces became victorious.
  • Hiroshima/ Nagasaki- Japan

    Hiroshima/ Nagasaki- Japan
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    Hiroshima/ Nagasaki- Japan

    After the US conquerred Okinawa, an island South of Japan, the Allied forces decided to conquer Japan. Warnings were sent out to Japan telling them to surrender to the Allies, but Japan did not reply. On August 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a Japanese city on the island of Honshu where over 70,000 people died. On August 9 of 1945, the US dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki and 70,000 more people were killed immediately. Radiation killed many more later.
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    Hiroshima/ Nagasaki- Japan (2)

    As a result of this bomb, the Japanese surrendered on September 2, 1945. This event was significant because it was the official end to World War II.