WWII and Cold war Timeline

  • Mao Zedong and the People's Republic of China

    Mao Zedong and the People's Republic of China
    Mao Zedong came to be known as a leader through the long march and had several strong beliefs such as the belief in divorce and the abolition of footbinding.
  • Japan's Invasion of China

    Japan's Invasion of China
    The Japanese invaded China in 1937, starting the second Sino-Japanese war. The Chinese weren't able to resist Japanese, and the Japanese army was much organized.
  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    On Septermber 1st, 1939 Adolf Hitler invades Poland and plans to rule it and regain lost territory.
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    The Battle of Britain took place the second half of the year of 1940. It was turning point in World War II and ended when Germany's Luftwaffe couldn't compete with the Royal Air Force.
  • Tripartite pact

    Tripartite pact
    On Septermber 40, 1940 Italy, Germany, and Japan became allies by signing the Tripartite pact in Berin.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    The Lend-Lease act was a way for the United States to provide aid to foreign nations during WWII. They lended countries weapons.
  • Germany Takes on Leningrad

    Germany Takes on Leningrad
    The German army was accompanied by finnish forces in a fight to take Leningrad that lasted almost 900 days.
  • German Blitzkreig on Soviet Union

    German Blitzkreig on Soviet Union
    Blitzkreig was a new German military strategy, and in the winter on 1941, German suffered great defeats and losses when fighting the soviet union. The soviets trapped the German army,
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    Japanese fighter plans attacked the american naval base in Honolul, Hawaii. They dropped bombs for two hours and several enormous battle ships were destroyed. The damage was devastating.
  • Formation of the U.N.

    Formation of the U.N.
    Representatives from twenty-six nations at war with the Central powers met and signed a declaration saying they would use their full force against the Axis.
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    German officials and Nazis met at a villa in the suburb Wannsee to discuss what they called the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question".
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    This battle took place six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The U.S countered Japan's ambush and greatly damaged the Japanese navy.
  • D-Day

    On this day British forces landed on the coast of France's Normandy area and launched a large amphibious assault that ended in nothern France being liberated.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin met in Crimea, Russia for seven days to discuss the future progress of the war.
  • Iwo Jima/Okinawa

    Iwo Jima/Okinawa
    There are two islands that were essential to the invasion of japan. The Americans defeated Japanese forces on these islands and brought Japan into the range of the B-29 bombers.
  • Hitler’s suicide

    Hitler’s suicide
    Adolf Hitler hides out in an air-raid shelter, consumes cyanide, and then shoots himself in the head.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    On May 8th 1945, Germany's unconditional surrender was ratified at Berlin. VE is short for "Victory in Europe".
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
    Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and U.S. President Harry Truman met in Potsdam, Germany to negotiate terms for the end of World War II.
  • Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    The American forces decided to drop their new weapon, the atomic bomb, on Nagasaki and Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. These bombs caused extremely devastating damage and caused the Japanese to surrender unconditionally.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    VJ is short for "Victoryover Japan." On this day the Japanese surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, ending World War II.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine determined that the U.S would provide military, political, and economic assistance for nations who are under threat from authoritarian forces.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    The Marshall plan was a plan to help aid economic recovery in Europe after the devastation of World War II.
  • NATO

    NATO stands for North American Trade Organization. Communist expansion prompted the U.S and eleven others countries to form NATO
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The Korean War began with the invasion of North Korean communist troops of South Korea. The Americans, wanting to prevent the spread of Communism entered the war on the side of South Korea. Much fighting occured around the 38th parallel.
  • Stalin's Death; Khrushchev

    Stalin's Death; Khrushchev
    Stalin died at 73 years of age from cerebral hemmorhaging. His succesor was Nikita Khrushchev.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    The Warsaw Pact was a pact put together in response to NATO. It gave the soviets command of the armed forces in the member states
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    In this war, nationalist forces were trying to unify the country under communist forces while the Americans were trying to prevent the spread of communism.
  • Sputnik

    On October 4, 1957 the Russians launched Sputnik into space and pulled ahead Americans in the space race. Sputnik was the world's first artifical satellite.
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    A revolution in Cuba had just ended with the installment of Fidel Castro as the new leader. The U.S deemed him threatening and Eisenhower ordered a force of armed Cuban exiles to attack Cuba in 1961.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    On this day the GDR started to build a wall between east and west Germany. The point of this wall was to keep western "fascists" from coming to western Germany.
  • Cuban Missle Crisus

    Cuban Missle Crisus
    An American U-2 place flew over Cuba and discovered nuclear mission sites. On this day President Kennedy spoke to the nation about this crisis.
  • Gorbachev

    Gorbachev was general secretary of the Soviet Union and helped bring an end the cold war and break up the USSR.
  • Soviet Union falls

    Soviet Union falls
    On this day the Soviet union collapsed into fifteen different counties and it's end was finalized by a declaration. The cold war was a major factor in its end.