• The holocaust

    The holocaust
    What happened: was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed about six million Jews. Why: The Holocaust took place because individuals, groups, and nations made choices or decisions to act or not to act. Impact it made: Six million jews died and suffered
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  • Japanese invasion of China

    Japanese invasion of China
    Why: Because they have a long, bad history What happened: The last of these incidents was the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of 1937, which marked the beginning of total war between the two countries. Impact it made: It was a time of courage and sacrifice and a time of suffering and loss. Almost every family and community was affected by war. Tens of millions of people took flight. Between 20 million and 30 million soldiers and civilians died
  • Fascist Italy invades and annexes Albania.

    Fascist Italy invades and annexes Albania.
    What happened: an effort to mimic Hitler’s conquest of Prague, Benito Mussolini’s troops, though badly organized, invade and occupy Albania. Why: was intended as but a prelude to greater conquests in the Balkans, it proved a costly enterprise for Il Duce. Impact it made: They got invaded.
  • Germany's invasion of Poland

    Germany's invasion of Poland
    Why:To neutralize the possibility that the USSR would come to Poland’s aid, Germany signed a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union on August 23, 1939. What happened: German forces bombard Poland on land and from the air, as Adolf Hitler seeks to regain lost territory and ultimately rule Poland. World War II had begun. Impact it made: They surrendered and ended up declaring war on someone else. Impact it made: Ended up surrendering
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    What happened: Secret code name for Germany's invasion of the soviet union. Why: to conquer soviet territory Impact it made: The failure of Operation Barbarossa was a turning point in the fortunes of the Third Reich. Most importantly, the operation opened up the Eastern Front, to which more forces were committed than in any other theater of war in world history.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Why: It was intended to neutralize the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and hence protect Japan's advance into Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, where it sought access to natural resources such as oil and rubber. What happened: Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Impact it made: Killed more than 2,300 americans
  • Nazi Germany aNazi germany and its Axis partners declare war on the United States

    Nazi Germany aNazi germany and its Axis partners declare war on the United States
    What happend: declares war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict. Why: Because hitler said so Impact it made: They got surprise attacked
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    What happened: The following were in attendance in Berlin, am Grossen Wannsee concerning the Final Solution of the Jewish Question..
    Why: to corrdinate the final solution in which the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe.
    Impact it made: The different types of possible solutions were discussed, during which discussion took the position that certain preparatory activities for the final solution should be carried out immediately in the territories in question.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    What happend: surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese during World War II.
    Why: the Japanese had captured Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and the American and Filipino defenders of Luzon were forced to retreat to the Bataan Peninsula. For the next three months, ththe combined U.S.-Filipino army held out
    Impact it made: with his forces crippled by starvation and disease, U.S. General Edward King Jr. surrendered his 75,000 troops at Bataan.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    What happened: was a decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Why: The United States Navy defeated a Japanese attack against Midway Atoll, marking a turning point in the war in the Pacific theatre. Impact it made: Having scored a decisive victory, American forces retired. The loss of four carriers stopped the expansion of the Japanese Empire in the Pacific, and put Japan on the defensive. It had been six months to the day since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    What happened: was a major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia, on the eastern boundary of Europe. Why: It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies Impact it made: was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with combined military and civilian casualties of nearly 2 million
  • Warsaw Ghetto uprising

    Warsaw Ghetto uprising
    What happened; was the 1943 act of Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Why: he uprising started on 19 April when the Ghetto refused to surrender to the police commander SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop Impact it made: ending on 16 May. 13,000 Jews died, about half of them burnt alive or suffocated. German casualties are not known, but were not more than 300. It was the largest single revolt by Jews during World War II.
  • Operation Gomorrah

    Operation Gomorrah
    What happend: created one of the largest firestorms raised by the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces in World War II Why: because before this, it was hard to get anything done. Impact it made: killing 42,600 civilians and wounding 37,000 in Hamburg and virtually destroying most of the city.
  • Allied invasion of Italy

    Allied invasion of Italy
    What happened: was the Allied amphibious landing on mainland Itay. Why: would neutralize the Italian forces, leaving only German divisions offering resistance. Impact it made: the italian campaign involved some of the hardest fighting in the war and cost the United States forces some 114,000 casualties.
  • Invasion of Anzio

    Invasion of Anzio
    What happened: was an important battle of the Italian Campaign of World War II, with the Allied amphibious landing known as Operation Shingle against the German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno Why: to invade anzio Impact it made: most important battle
  • D-Day (Normandy Invasion)

    D-Day (Normandy Invasion)
    What happened: more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany. “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported it.
    Why: to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops Impact it made:More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.
  • Battle of Peleliu

    Battle of Peleliu
    What happened: between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II. U.S. forces fought to capture an airstrip on the small coral island. Why: pushed for an amphibious attack in order to neutralize this threat. Impact it made; casualties: American: 9,800
    Japanese: 10,700. 200 captured
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    What happened: was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe. Why: to cut through the Allied forces in a manner that would turn the tide of the war in Hitler's favor Impact it made: German losses were greater than their army could take. Approximately 30,000 soldiers and 44,000 infantry forces were killed or captured.
  • Operation Thunderclap

    Operation Thunderclap
    What happened: had been under discussion within the Allied Command for some time, the proposal was to bomb the eastern-most cities of Germany to disrupt the transport infrastructure behind what was becoming the Eastern front. Why: would cause 220,000 casualties with 110,000 killed Impact it made: Killed a lot of people
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    What happened: was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Why: war was declared Impact it made: People got killed
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    What happened: was a series of battles fought in the Ryukyu Islands, centered on the island of Okinawa, and included the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War during World War II, the 1 April 1945 invasion of the island of Okinawa itself. Why: declared war Impact it made: he Allied forces suffered 14,009 deaths (over 12,500 Americans killed or missing) with an estimated total of more than 82,000 casualties of all kinds.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    What happened: was the public holiday to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. Why: To mark the formal acceptance by the allies of WWII. Impact it made: it helped people celebrate this day. It was a day of joy.
  • Dropping of the atomic bombs

    Dropping of the atomic bombs
    What happend: The United States, with the consent of the United Kingdom as laid down in the Quebec Agreement, dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the final stage of WWII. Why: to stop the war. Impact it made: death was 42,000–93,000, was based solely on the disposal of bodies. Later surveys covered body counts, missing persons, and neighborhood surveys during the first months after the bombing yielding a more reliable estimate of 130,000.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    What happened: a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. Why: marks the end of WWII, and the cessation of fighting against Japan. It is called "Victory In Japan Day or "Victory Over Japan Day" Impact it made: joyful celebration day