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WW II Timeline

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  • Mussolini’s March on Rome

    Mussolini’s March on Rome
    Benito Mussolini's Blackshirts infamously March on Rome, seizing total control over the Italian government. The March on Rome marked the beginning of Fascist rule over Italy, ending all social-liberal parliamentary regimes.
  • Hitler writes Mein Kampf

    Hitler writes Mein Kampf
    It was his only complete book, and the work became the bible of National Socialism (Nazism) in Germany’s Third Reich. It was published in two volumes in 1925 and 1927, and an abridged edition appeared in 1930.
  • 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 (USSR).
  • Japanese Invade Manchuria

    Japanese Invade Manchuria
    The Japanese wanted to expand their control over Manchuria so on September 18, 1931; the Japanese planted a small explosive device next to the tracks owned by Japan's South Manchuria Railroad near Mukden. The explosion that followed became known as the Mukden incident and provided an excuse for the Japanese to seize all of the cities along the railroad.
  • 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.
  • Hitler appointed chancellor of Germany

    Hitler appointed chancellor of Germany
    It took the economic and political instability (with two more chancellors failing to stabilise the situation) to worsen, and the support of the conservative elite, to convince Hindenburg to appoint Hitler.
  • “Night of the Long Knives” in Germany

    “Night of the Long Knives” in Germany
    A purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934.
  • Nuremburg Laws enacted

    Nuremburg Laws enacted
    Laws that redefined what it meant to be German in Nazi Germany, and that stripped Jews and others of citizenship.
  • Italian invasion of Ethiopia

    Italian invasion of Ethiopia
    Adwa was conquered, a symbolic place for the Italian army because of the defeat at the Battle of Adwa by the Ethiopian army during the First Italo-Ethiopian War.
  • The Great Purge and gulags

    The Great Purge and gulags
    The Great Purge, also known as the “Great Terror,” was a brutal political campaign led by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to eliminate dissenting members of the Communist Party and anyone else he considered a threat. More than a million other people were sent to forced labor camps, known as Gulags
  • Spanish civil war

    Spanish civil war
    The Spanish Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in the Twentieth Century in Europe. The war was not simply a Spanish affair, but drew in several other nations, including Italy, Portugal, Germany, and the Soviet Union.
  • The Rape of Nanking

    The Rape of Nanking
    The Nanjing Massacre or the Rape of Nanjing was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Imperial Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing, at that time the capital of China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
  • Kristallnacht

    Violent anti-Jewish demonstrations broke out across Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.
  • 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.
  • Stalin becomes dictator of USSR

    Stalin becomes dictator of USSR
    He rose to this unprecedented level of power due to his capabilities and understanding of the workings of the Communist Party. Stalin translated these strengths into total control of the Soviet Union after the Russian Civil War.
  • 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.