Download

World War II Timeline Project

  • Period: to

    Rape of Nanking

    http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/nanking.htm
    On December of 1937-1938, Japanese Army marched into China’s capital, Nanking. They started murdering people they murdered 600,000 just in the city. This was the genocide of the 20th century. The women and girls were taken and raped, or abused. More than 20,000 females were gang-raped by Japanese soldiers. This number estimated to as high as 80,000.
  • Japanese Invasion of China

    Japanese Invasion of China
    On July 7, 1937, Japan invaded China to take over the town of Wanping. China resisted the Japanese take over igniting the second Sino-Japanese War. This clash occurred near Peiping in North China. Although the Japanese quickly captured all key Chinese ports and industrial centers, including cities such as the Chinese capital Nanking and Shanghai, CCP and KMT forces continued resisting. In the brutal conflict, both sides used ‘scorched earth’ tactics. Massacres and atrocities were common.
  • Rape of Nanking

    Rape of Nanking
    http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/nanking.htm
    On December of 1937-1938, Japanese Army marched into China’s capital, Nanking. They started murdering people they murdered 600,000 just in the city. This was the genocide of the 20th century. The women and girls were taken and raped, or abused. More than 20,000 females were gang-raped by Japanese soldiers. This number estimated to as high as 80,000.
  • Germany's Invasion of Poland

    Germany's Invasion of Poland
  • German Blitzkrieg

    German Blitzkrieg
  • Fall of Paris

    Fall of Paris
    http://www.theguardian.com/century/1940-1949/Story/0,,128218,00.html?redirection=century
    On June 15, 1940, Germany came into Paris and Paris fell to them. The French decided not to fight. Paris became empty, because they knew Germany was on their way. The people in Paris watched as the Germans came through. In Paris they started to realize the fall had happened, that’s when they started to hurt the most in their economy.
  • Operation Basbarossa

    Operation Basbarossa
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/bataan-death-march
    On April 9, 1942, in the Bataan Peninsula, in the Philippine Island. The march was sparked after the bombing on Pearl Harbor. About 75,000 American and Filipino troops had to make the 65-mile journey to prison camps. The weather was scalding heat and harsh treatment by the Japanese guards. Thousands died while making the walk known as the Bataan Death March.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-stalingrad
    From July 17, 1942 to February 2, 1943, the Battle of Stalingrad was the great and wonderful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad. This was the launching of one of the bloodiest battles. In the Battle of Stalingrad, the Soviets forces surrounded the entire German army and crushed them. The battle is considered the turning point for the Eastern Front. Stalin gained a confidence in his military and remained offensive for the rest
  • Allied Invasion of Italy

    Allied Invasion of Italy
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/allies-invade-italian-mainland
    On July 10, 1943, the allies began invading the axis-controlled Europe by landing on the island of Sicily, off mainland of Italy. They had only little resistance from the demoralized Sicilian troops. Montgomery’s eighth army came to the land on the southeast part island. On September 3, eighth army began the mainland invasion on Italy and the Italian government agreed to surrender to the allies.
  • Operation Gomorrah

    Operation Gomorrah
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-gomorrah-is-launched
    On this day in 1943, British bombers raid Hamburg, Germany, by night in Operation Gomorrah, while Americans bomb it by day in its own “Blitz Week.” Britain had suffered the deaths of 167 civilians as a result of German bombing raids in July. Now the tables were going to turn. The evening of July 24 saw British aircraft drop 2,300 tons of incendiary bombs on Hamburg in just a few hours. The explosi
  • D-Day (1944)

    D-Day (1944)
    http://www.secondworldwarhistory.com/d-day-the-allied-invasion-of-france.asp
    On June 6th 1944 the Allied invasion force was amassing to the south of England. Along its shores were thousands of naval vessels ready to sail the choppy and unforgiving North Sea into France. Weather played a major role in preparations and only two days were afforded for the massive invasion plan - May 17th and June 5th. The former was cancelled on account of bad weather. Likewise, ba
  • Battle of the Bulge (1945)

    Battle of the Bulge (1945)
    http://www.secondworldwarhistory.com/battle-of-the-bulge.asp
    The surprise was unveiled on December 16th, 1944 when the German Army opened up in one of their largest displays of artillery bombardment ever. Mechanized forces of the German 5th and 15th Panzer armies, as well as the 6th SS and 7th Army, attacked the US VIII forces in a line between Aachen and Bastogne. The German surprise held up well and the Allies reeled at the advance. However, some contingents such as
  • Period: to

    Battle of the Bulge (1945)

    http://www.secondworldwarhistory.com/battle-of-the-bulge.asp
    The surprise was unveiled on December 16th, 1944 when the German Army opened up in one of their largest displays of artillery bombardment ever. Mechanized forces of the German 5th and 15th Panzer armies, as well as the 6th SS and 7th Army, attacked the US VIII forces in a line between Aachen and Bastogne. The German surprise held up well and the Allies reeled at the advance. However, some contingents such as
  • Battle of Iwo Jima (1945)

    Battle of Iwo Jima (1945)
    http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-iwo-jima
    The Battle of Iwo Jima started on February 19, 1945 and ended on March 26, 1945. The American amphibious invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II stemmed from the need for a base near the Japanese coast. Following elaborate preparatory air and naval bombardment, three U.S. marine divisions landed on the island in February 1945. Iwo Jima was defended by roughly 23,000 Japanese army and navy troops, who fought
  • Battle of Okinawa (1945)

    Battle of Okinawa (1945)
    http://www.secondworldwarhistory.com/battle-of-okinawa.asp
    On April 1 through June 22 1945 the Battle of Okinawa happened and ended. The island of Okinawa represented a grand strategic map marker for both the Allies and the Japanese. She was the last stop before the Japanese mainland and all sides were prepared for the slugfest to follow. In all their suicidal and fanatical glory, the Japanese valiantly defended the island against the countless American assaults and casu
  • Operation Thunderclap (1945)

    Operation Thunderclap (1945)
    http:/ww2orc.tripod.com/id15.htm
    The background of "Thunderclap" was long and complex. Two months after D-Day, Sir Charles Portal, chief of the Air Staff, had suggested that the moment Germany approached military collapse, a series of heavy air raids to be launched against East German population centers; these raids might even precipitate total surrender. The Joint Intelligence Committee -- a group of British intelligence experts -- was cool to "Thunderclap," since it was
  • VE Day (1945)

    VE Day (1945)
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/victory-in-europe
    On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine. The 8th of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter
  • Dropping Of the Atomic Bombs

    Dropping Of the Atomic Bombs
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/atomic-bomb-dropped-on-hiroshima
    On August 6th, 1945, United States was the first and only nation to use the atomic bomb during the war. The atomic bomb was dropped in city of Hiroshima, Japanese. The second atomic bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. The United States gave them timeto surrender, but they did not. Though the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan marked the end of World War II.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/September/vjday.htm
    On August 15, 1945, worldwide the news spread of the surrendering of Japan from the WWII. VJ day was the official day that WWII was over. The ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. This sparked the celebration worldwide. Therefore, President Truman declared September 2nd the national VJ Day.