World War II Timeline_D Thornley

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    Japan invades China

  • Munich Conference

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    This was the surprise tactic used by Germany in WWII. It mainly involves sending infantry, artillary, tanks, and aircraft all at once to overwhelm the enemy. It was a tactic considered to have no weaknesses aside from the loss of the troops rushing froward, and had the effect of making those under attack feel as if they were being buried in bombs and rubble. the sylt quickly became outdated when met with substantial military resistance, such as heavily fortified trenches, and was ineffective.
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    Battle of Britain

    This long lasting air battle continued over the skies of Britain for nearly the entire summer and fall of 1940. German air forces bombarded the country with no distiction between soldiers and civilians. The german offensive was supposed to be psychological warfare to make Britain an easy surrender. In that aspect it was a complete failure, and Allied victory was soon to come.
  • Lend-Lease Act

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    The Holocaust

  • Operation Barbarossa

  • Pearl Harbor

    Truly, a day that will live in infamy. On this Sunday morning, Japan launched a surpride ariel bombardment on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawii. This attack promped a severe need in the American populace to get involved in the war. On an interesting side note, quite a few of the Japanese bombers intentionally avioded cicilian areas, particularly hospitals, contrary to what the media has presented on that topic.
  • Bataan Death March

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    Non-Aggression Pact

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    Battlew of Midway

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    BAttle of Stalingrad

    This battle is considered to be the single bloodiest battle in the history of warfare. When Germany redoubled its efforts to invade the Soviet Union, it marched hundreds of thousands of troops to a city on the easter border of the war.That city was soon destroyed by the fighting of two massive armies.It also caused Germany to have to pull many of its Western forces out to the East,making the fight much easier for Allied troops in the area.
  • D-Day

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    The Battle of the Bulge

    The Battle of the Buldge was a massive offensive maneuver by the germans near the end of WWII, ending in Allied victory. It was the bloodiest battle that american forces ever fought in during the war, with losses on both sides combined passing over 190,000, 3,000 of wich were civilians. German forces attempted a surprise offensive push into Belgium through the Ardennes woods. Though evidence was uncovered beforehand by codebreakers to suggest an attack, it was largly ignored for lack of detail.
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    Battle of Iwo Jima

    This five-week battle was a critical part in America's strategy of island hopping in the war in the Pacific. The island would prove to be an invaluable location for future attacks on Japan, given the three present Japanese aircraft fields. Iwo Jima was the only battle in the Pacific in which the American casualties outnumbered the Japanese. Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph of a group of man raising a flag on a battle scared hill was taken shortly after Allied victory on the island
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    Battle of Okinawa

  • V-E Day

    This was simply a holiday celebration that marked the end of the war in Europe, as well as the Allied victory. The entire world seemed to rejoice, with celebrations taking hold in places from Los Angeles to London. It also happened to fall on the new U.S. president, Harry Trumans, birhtday. Flags were kept half folded in memory of FDR, who had died in office just a month before.
  • The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • V-J Day

  • The Warsaw Pact