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World War II: War in the Pacific (1931-1945)

  • Japan invades Manchuria

    Japan invades Manchuria
    In 1931, Japan essentialy imperialized part of China that they wanted, known as Manchuria, providing an excuse that they were tampering with railways. This mirrored Western economic imperialism, and began the tension between America and Japan.
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    World War Two: War in the Pacific

  • Export Control Act

    Export Control Act
    Before Pearl Harbor, we cut off our help to the Japanese millitary, as we opposd killing civillians like they were doing in China. This only created furter tension with Japan.
  • Tripartite Pact

    Tripartite Pact
    The Tripartite Pact was signed by the Tokyo government with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. It pledged to declare war on any nation that attacked any one of them.
  • Japan Nonagression pact with Soviet Union

    Japan Nonagression pact with Soviet Union
    This pact made the two countries to take no actions against each other. This helped Japan clear troops out of Manchuria to use in the war effort.
  • Japan takes control of French Indochina

    Japan takes control of French Indochina
    In response, Roosevelt froze all Japanese assets in the United States, restricted oil exports to Japan, and merged the armed forces of the Phillipines with the U.S. Army and put their commander, General Douglas MacArthur, in charge of all U.S. forces in east Asia. The Japanese army and navy began planning attacks on the Dutch and British colonies in the South Pacific.
  • Japanese approved secret attack

    Japanese approved secret attack
    Japanese military leaders secretly approved a suprise attack on U.S. bases in Hawaii and gave Konoe six weeks to reach a settlement.
  • Tojo becomes Prime Minister

    Tojo becomes Prime Minister
    Tojo, a millitary leader, took power of Japan. He replaced minister Konoe.
  • Japan presented Hull with Tojo's final proposal

    Japan presented Hull with Tojo's final proposal
    Japan would occupy no more territory in Asia if US would cut off aid to China and restore trade with Japan.
  • Hull wanted withdrawal of army from China

    Hull wanted withdrawal of army from China
    Hull added to the proposal saying that Japan should withdraw their people from China. Japan refused and then sent warships toward Hawaii
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    This surprise attack on Americans ground wasn't anticipated. This destoryed almost all of the navy fleet. USA thought that that Japan was planning something but but they thought it was going to be in San Fricso. This was the starting attack of the war against Japan.
  • USA declares war on Japan

    USA declares war on Japan
    The USA declares war on Japan shortly after notifying the American people of the surprise attack.
  • Executive Order 9066

    Executive Order 9066
    Japanese-Americans sent into war relocation camps.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    The Japanese gathered many captured American troops along with 66,000 Filipinos and forced them to march 65 miles in six days up the Bataan Peninsula. Many died because of starvation, dehydration, and diseases. Also, some were killed for no reason.
  • Air raid on Tokyo

    Air raid on Tokyo
    B-25 bombers took off and unable to land on its deck, proceeded to China after dropping their bombs over Tokyo. Caused only a token of damage but did much to lift American morale amid a series of defeats elsewhere.
  • US forces in Philippines surrendered

    US forces in Philippines surrendered
    The US forces were outmanned, otgunned, and malnourished by the Japanese forces so they surrenderd in the early spring of 1942
  • Battle of the Coral Sea

    Battle of the Coral Sea
    US fleet stoppped a Japanese fleet convoying troops towards New Guinea. planes from the Lexington and the Youktown sank one Japanese carrier, damaged anither, and destroyed smaller ships. American losses were greater, but the Japanese threat against Australia was repulsed.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The battle of Midway was a battele that took place on the large island of Midway. Japanese forces fought relentlessly to stop American soldiers, but were pushed back. This marked the turning point for the Allies in the Pacific.
  • US invaded 3 Japanese owned islands

    US invaded 3 Japanese owned islands
    Tinian, Guam, Saipan got liberated.They were controlled by Japanese in the Mariana Islands.
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf

    Battle of Leyte Gulf
    When Genral MacArthur landed his troops in the Phillipines, he stopped on the Gulf of Leyte first.The island was controlled by Japan at the time and they knew that if they lost the Philippines, they would be cut off from raw materials from the West Indies, so they sent in warships from threee directions. This was known as the largest naval engaement in in history.
  • Bombs dropped on Tokyo

    Bombs dropped on Tokyo
    B-29 bombs dropped napalm bombs on Tokyo
  • Start of Battle for Okinawa Islands

    Start of Battle for Okinawa Islands
    Okinawa served as an important role for the planned invasion of Japan. It was the largest operation and took 3 months to secure the island.
  • deadline for Japan to surender

    deadline for Japan to surender
    Truman orered that the atomic bomb be used if Japan did not surrender by August 3rd.
  • Bombing of Hiroshima

    Bombing of Hiroshima
    America dropped the first atomic bomb in Japan as result of Japan not surrendering by August 3rd. Death toll had reached 140,000, 70,000 buildings were destroyed as well as four miles of city. Some people thought that it saved lives of American's and shortened what could have been a long and drug out war.
  • Bombing of Nagasaki

    Bombing of Nagasaki
    Truman was worried that if the Soviet Union entered the war, things would become more complicated and also Japan had not surrendered so the bomb was dropped to push both countraries to do what the United States wanted.
  • Japan Surrenders

    Japan Surrenders
    Japan said they were done, surrendered, but it was not officially documented yet.
  • Japan surrenders

    Japan surrenders
    Formerly and officially signed off that Japan has surrendered