WW2 origins timeline

  • Mussolini comes to power in Italy

    He promised Italians that he would help improve their economic condition
  • Stalin comes to power in USSR

    Lenin, then in exile in Switzerland, appointed Joseph Stalin to serve on the first Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party.
  • The Maginot Line Constructed

    The Maginot Line was a vast fortification that spread along the French/German border but became a military liability when the Germans attacked France
  • Hitler elected Chancellor of Germany

    On this day in 1933, President Paul von Hindenburg names Adolf Hitler, leader or fÜhrer of the National Socialist German Workers Party or Nazi Party, as chancellor of Germany.
  • Spanish Civil War

    The Spanish Civil War begins as a revolt by right-wing Spanish military officers in Spanish Morocco and spreads to mainland Spain
  • Japan Invades China

    Japan wanted to have China
  • Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

    The Government of the German Reich and The Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics desirous of strengthening the cause of peace between Germany and the U.S.S.R
  • Hitler Invades Poland

    Hitler wanted to expaned Germany
  • Tripartite Pact

    the Axis powers are formed as Germany, Italy, and Japan become allies with the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin
  • Pearl Harbor Attacked

    The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor