Timeline created by Michael Bartley
In History
  • Invasion of Poland

    Invasion of Poland
    On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The Polish army was defeated within weeks. Britain and France, standing by of Poland's border, had declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939.
  • Invasion of Denmark and Norway

    Invasion of Denmark and Norway
    Norway was invaded by Nazi Germany on April 9th 1940. Hittler issued the order for the invasion of Norway on March 1st under the code word “Weserübung”. The order also included the invasion of Denmark
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. They managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    April 9, 1942, U.S. surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese during World War II. Approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Adolf Hitler launched his armies eastward in a massive invasion of the Soviet Union. The invasion covered a front from the North Cape to the Black Sea, a distance of two thousand miles.
  • Battle of guadalcanal

    Battle of guadalcanal
    Battle of Guadalcanal was the first major offensive and a decisive victory for the Allies in the Pacific. With Japanese troops stationed in this section of the Solomon Islands, U.S. marines launched a surprise attack in August 1942 and took control of an air base under construction.
  • Battle of Starlingrad

    Battle of Starlingrad
    It was the successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad by the U.S.S.R. It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies.
  • Battle of Anzio

    Battle of Anzio
    Battle of Anzio stemmed from the Allied attempt to draw German troops off the Gustav Line during Operation Shingle. The Allies broke out of the beachhead in late May, helping the advance that led to the eventual capture of Rome.
  • D-Day

    Battle of Normandy, also known as D-Day, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. The landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    Iwo Jima was defended by roughly 23,000 Japanese army and navy troops, who fought from an elaborate network of caves, dugouts, tunnels and underground installations. Despite the difficulty of the conditions, the marines wiped out the defending forces after a month of fighting.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    It involved the 287,000 troops of the U.S. Tenth Army against 130,000 soldiers of the Japanese Thirty-second Army. By the end of the 82-day campaign, Japan had lost more than 77,000 soldiers and the Allies had suffered more than 65,000 casualties.
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