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    Japan invades China

    Japan launched a full scale attack on China because China was considered a world power. Japan wanted to show other countries that they could keep up with other world powers and also show that they have a strong military. Japan specifically invaded Manchuria and they were led by Hideki Tojo.
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    The Holocaust

    The Holocaust is an event that happened during WWII that was caused by Hitler and his Nazi party. It was the mass murder of jews and they killed close to 6 million European jews. It was focused on the jews but other races/religions were murdered also. The Nazis had concentration camps all over Europe.
  • Munich Conference

    This is when Hitler met with representatives from France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. It was an agreement that Hitler could annex the Sudetenland as long as he promised not to invade anywhere else. All four countries signed it but of course, Hitler broke the agreement.
  • Non-Aggression Pact

    This pact was between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany that "guaranteed" that they would not attack eachother. The pact gave the Soviet Union parts of Poland and the Baltic States. Yet again, two years later, Hitler breaks the pact and attacks the Soviet Union.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germans opened fire on the Polish garrison at Danzig. The ivasion consisted of 62 divisions and 1300 aircrafts. The invasion was considered a gamble but he pushed it on anyways and succeeded. Hitler thought the invasion would make France and Britain ask for a peace settlement rather than war.
  • Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg is also known as lightning war. Its a military tactic that creates disorganization through the use of mobile forces and concentrated firepower. This tactic was used a lot by Germany and came about after the invasion of Poland by Germany.
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    Battle of Britain

    When German and Britain forces clashed in the skies over the UK. Germanys Lufwaffe failed to gain a victory over the air force of UK. Britains victory saved them from a possible ground attack.
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    Lend-Lease Act

    The lend lease act provided US military aids to foreign nations (Allies) during world war II.
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    Operation Barbarossa

    Hitler launched an attack with over 3 million soldiers, 150 divisions, and 3,000 tanks into the frontier of soviet territory.The Germans underestimated the Soviets because counterattacks stalled the advance. It was a two front war the Nazis could not win.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a suprise attack by the Japanese on the US. It was conducted by the imperial Japanese navy. It took place in the Harbor of Hawaii which is a territory of the US. This attack led to the US entry into WWII.
  • Bataan Death March

    US surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on the main philipene island of Luzon to the Japanese. About 75000 Filipino and American troops were forced to walk 65 miles to prison camps.
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    Battle of Midway

    The battle of midway was a naval and air battle. American aircraft carriers stopped the Japanese naval threat in the Pacific ocean after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
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    Battle of Stalingrad

    It was one of the bloodiest battles in history. Combined civillian and military casuallties was nearly 2 million. It was a successful defense against German advance into the soviet Union. It is considered to be the greatest battle of the patriotic war.
  • D-Day

    The day of the invasion of northern France by Allied forces in WWII.
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    Battle of the Bulge

    This battle was a German campaign that was taken through Belgium. This attack caught the Allies completly off guard and the casualities were high for the US.
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    Battle of Iwo Jima

    A large volcano island that US armed forces landed on and captured it from the Japanese Imperial Army.
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    Battle of Okinawa

    A very large battle with large casualties. Over 100000 Japanese died and over 50000 Allies died. Battle took place in Okinawa Japan and was mainly /the US and UK vs Empire of Japan.
  • V-E Day

    Marked the end of WWII and was the acceptance by the Allies to the Nazis surrender of its armed forces.
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    The Bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki

    When US dropped the first atomic bombs on Japanese cities. Both the bombings killed close to 130000 people and this action contributed to the Japanese Surrendering.
  • V-J Day

    Day when the Japanese surrendered. It was announced to the world and started celebrations over the end of WWII.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Collective defense treaty among eight communist states of central and eastern europe in existence during the cold war.