WW2 European Theater

  • Italy Invades Ethiopia

    Italy Invades Ethiopia
    http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/italy/Italy-Invades-Ethiopia/3626The Italian Army lead by facist leader of Italy Mussolini annexes Ethiopia. It takes them seven months to conquer Ethiopia showing how bad their army is.
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  • Rome-Berlin Axis

    Rome-Berlin Axis
    Hitler and Mussolini sign a Treaty of Cooperation
  • Germany and Japan sign treaty

    Germany and Japan sign treaty
    They both sign the Anti-Comintern Pact, directed against the Soviet Union and the international Communist movement.
  • Munich agreement

    Munich agreement
    http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWmunich.htm Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and France sign the Munich agreement which forces the Czechoslovak Republic to cede the Sudetenland, including the key Czechoslovak military defense positions, to Nazi Germany. This is an appempt to avoid war.
  • Italy Invades Albania

    Italy Invades Albania
    It only takes Italy eight days to conquer Albanina but it was an unnecessary invasion. Albania had already depended on Italys economy so it had little to offer the Italians.
  • Germany and Soviet Union sign nonaggression agreement

    Germany and Soviet Union sign nonaggression agreement
    The agreement was basically that for the next ten years nether country would attack another.
  • WW2 begins in Europe

    WW2 begins in Europe
    Germany invades Poland marking the start of the war. The Polish army fell within weeks and Poland remaind under German control until 1945.
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  • Britain and France declare war on Germany

    Honoring their garuntee of Polands borders
  • Soviet Union invades Finland

    Soviet Union invades Finland
    Worried that Finland may fall under German control Stalin decides to attack the Fins to get what they want. The Fins asked for an armistace in March 1940 and have to cede the northern shores of Lake Lagoda and the small Finnish coastline on the Arctic Sea to the Soviet Union.
  • Germany Invades Denmark and Norway

    Germany Invades Denmark and Norway
    The German Army once again shows its strength by easily taking both Denmark and Norway. Denmark surrendered the day of the Attack and Norway only lasted till June 9
  • Germany attacks Western Europe

    Germany attacks Western Europe
    Germany attacks France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Luxembourg is taken over the day its attacked, the Netherlands surrender four days later on May 14 and Belgium last until May 28.On June 22 France signs an armistice agreement by which the Germans occupy the northern half of the country and the entire Atlantic coastline. In southern France, a collaborationist regime with its capital in Vichy is established.
  • Italy enters the war

    Italy enters the war by invading southern France. The French were already beat by this point and the Germans did not need assistance but Mussolini wanted to make sure he would get some land.
  • Battle of Britain begins

    Battle of Britain begins
    Before attacking Britain with a full on invasion Hitler wanted to destroy their air power and greatly weaken their naval power. To do this the German army began bombing British air bases and naval bases. The plan made sense but the British were able to eventually win the Battle of Britain
  • Italy invades Egypt

    Italy invades Egypt
    The Italians decided to invade British controlled Egypt from Italian occupied Libya. An attempt by Mussolini to restore the Roman Empire.
  • Tripartite Pact

  • Italy invades Greece

    Another attempt by Mussolini to restore the Roman Empire and another failure.
  • Battle of Britain ends

    The Royal Air Force of Britain are able to hold off the German Luftwaffe and protect their country from invasion. This was the Germans first major defeat. Germany could no longer invade Britain.
  • Germany sends troops to North Africa

    The Italian Army was struggling in North Africa and the Italians kept asking for German assistance and finally Hitler decides to send troops to reinforce the faltering Italians.
  • Yugoslavia and Greece invaded

    Yugoslavia and Greece invaded
    Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Bulgaria invade and dismember Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia surrenders on April 17. Germany and Bulgaria invade Greece in support of the Italians. Resistance in Greece ceases in early June 1941.
  • Germany invades Soviet Union

    Germany invades Soviet Union
    Germany breaks nonaggression agreement with the Soviet Union and surprisinly attacks. Finland joins Germany cause because they want their land back that they lost in the Winter War. Germany quickly overruns Baltic states, lay siege to Leningrad by Semptember and capture Smolensk in August and drive towards Moscow by October. In the south Germany saw early success as well, capturing Kiev and Rostov.
  • Soviet Counteroffensive

    The counteroffensive was too much for the Germans and drove them out of Moscow in a chaotic retreat.
  • Germany and allies declare war on United States

    After Japan attack US naval base at Pearl Harbor the United States declared war on Japan. Japan asked Hitler to honor his agreement and he did by declaring war on the United States.
  • New German Offensive

    New German Offensive
    Germany launches new offensive in the Soviet Union. The goal is to take Stalingrad and the Caucasus oil fields after securing Crimean Peninsula. However, Hitler focuses too much on taking Stalingrad and destroys his army in doing so.
  • US and British forces land in North Africa

    US and British forces land in North Africa
    This is an allied attempt to push Italy and Germany out of North Africa.
  • Another Soviet Counteroffensive

    Soviet troops counterattack, breaking through the Hungarian and Romanian lines northwest and southwest of Stalingrad and trapping the German Sixth Army in the city. Forbidden by Hitler to retreat or try to break out of the Soviet ring, the survivors of the Sixth Army surrender on January 30 and February 2, 1943.
  • Axis forces in Tunisia surrender

    The Allied forces slowly push Axis forces farther north in Tunisia and cut off supplies. Eventually the Axis forces are forced to surrender their armies. 170,000 prisoners were taken. The Axis campaign in North Africa was over.
  • German tank Offensive

    The Germans launch a massive tank offensive near Kursk in the Soviet Union. The Soviets blunt the attack within a week and begin an offensive initiative of their own.
  • Italy Surrenders

    After the Allies are able to take controll of Sicily the Italian government overthrows Mussolini and then surrenders to the Aliies. However, Nothern Italy was now under German control and Hitler gave that to Mussolini for the time being.
  • Allies liberate Rome

    Allies liberate Rome
    Allied forces are able to take back Rome from Axis forces. This allowed Allied bombers to hit eastern Germany for the first time.
  • D-Day

    http://www.worldwar2history.info/D-Day/US and Brisitsh troops successfully land on the Normandy beaches in France creating another front for the Germans.
  • Soviets Launch Massive Offensive in the East

    Soviets Launch Massive Offensive in the East
    The Soviets launch this offensive and liberate many Garman controlled cities and reach central Poland by August 1.
  • Allies Liberate France

    Free French forces, supported by Allied troops, enter Paris. By September, the Allies reach the German border; by December, virtually all of France, most of Belgium, and part of the southern Netherlands are liberated.
  • Germans surrender Warsaw

    The Soviet offensive was halted at Warsaw by the Germans but eventually the Germans surrendered the city. The Soviets continue on the offensive.
  • Germany begins to fall back

    Due to regime changes and the Soviet offensive the Germans evacuate Greece, Albania, and southern Yugoslavia.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10006178The Germans launch a final offensive in the west, in an attempt to re-conquer Belgium and split the Allied forces along the German border. By January 1, 1945, the Germans are in retreat. One of the main causes for German retreat was a lack of supplies.
  • Allies cross Rhine River

    Germany now has no chance.
  • Soviets Capture Vienna

    Soviet offensive is very successful and are slowly closing in on Berlin.
  • Soviets last offensive

    The Soviets launch their final offensive against the Germans and encircle Berlin.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    Rather than being captured and punished Hitler takes his own life along with many other German officers.
  • Germany Surrenders completely

    Germany Surrenders completely
    After surrendering to the Western allies on May 7 the Germans finally surrender to the Soviets two days later.