WW II Timeline

  • Mussolini’s March on Rome

    Mussolini’s March on Rome
    an organized mass demonstration and a coup d'etat in October 1922 which resulted in Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party ascending to power in the Kingdom of Italy.
  • Hitler writes Mein Kampf

    Hitler writes Mein Kampf
    a 1925 autobiographical manifesto by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler. The work describes the process by which Hitler became antisemitic and outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany.
  • 1st “five year plan” in USSR

    1st “five year plan” in USSR
    The first five year plan was created in order to initiate rapid and large-scale industrialization across the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Having begun on October 1st, 1928, the plan was already in its second year when Harry Byers first set foot in the Soviet Union.
  • Japan invades Manchuria

    Japan invades Manchuria
    the Kwantung Army of the Empire of Japan invaded Manchuria immediately following the Mukden Incident. At war’s end in February of 1932, the Japanese established the puppet state of Manchukuo
  • Holodomor

    The Holodomor, also known as the Terror-Famine and sometimes referred to as the Great Famine, was a famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. it killed 3,941,000 people.
  • Hitler appointed chancellor of Germany

    Hitler appointed chancellor of Germany
    Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany in 1933 following a series of electoral victories by the Nazi Party. He ruled absolutely until his death by suicide in April 1945.
  • “Night of the Long Knives” in Germany

    “Night of the Long Knives” in Germany
    The Night of the Long Knives was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany where Hitler purged some of his own members of the Nazi.
  • Nuremburg Laws enacted

    Nuremburg Laws enacted
    The Nuremberg Laws were antisemitic and racist laws that were enacted in Nazi Germany on 15 September 1935, at a special meeting of the Reichstag convened during the annual Nuremberg Rally of the Nazi Party.
  • Italian invasion of Ethiopia

    Italian invasion of Ethiopia
    was a war of aggression which was fought between Italy and Ethiopia from October 1935 to February 1937. In Ethiopia it is often referred to simply as the Italian Invasion, and in Italy as the Ethiopian War.
  • The Great Purge and gulags

    The Great Purge and gulags
    More than a million other people were sent to forced labor camps, known as Gulags. This ruthless and bloody operation caused rampant terror throughout the U.S.S.R. and impacted the country for many years.
  • Spanish civil war

    Spanish civil war
    The Spanish Civil War was a civil war in Spain fought from 1936 to 1939. Republicans loyal to the left-leaning Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic
  • The Rape of Nanking

    The Rape of Nanking
    The Rape of Nanking was when the Japanese butchered an estimated 150,000 male “war prisoners,” massacred an additional 50,000 male civilians, and raped at least 20,000 women and girls of all ages, many of whom were mutilated or killed in the process.
  • Kristallnacht

    Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps.
  • Nazi Germany invades Poland.

    Nazi Germany invades Poland.
    Germany invades Poland, initiating World War II in Europe. German forces broke through Polish defenses along the border and quickly advanced on Warsaw, the Polish capital.
  • Japan bombs Pearl Harbor

    Japan bombs Pearl Harbor
    The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.
  • Stalin becomes dictator of USSR

    Stalin becomes dictator of USSR
    In the years following the death of Vladimir Lenin, he became the dictator of the Soviet Union. After growing up in Georgia, Stalin became a political activist, conducting discreet activities for the Bolshevik Party for twelve years before the Russian Revolution in 1917.