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WWII Timeline

  • Japanese invasion of China

    Japanese invasion of China
    Japan planned for an attack on the weak parts of China. The Japanese actions towards China had no relation to Europe. Japan captured Nankings China.
  • Rape of Nanking

    Rape of Nanking
    The Rape of Nanking took place after the Japanese took control. Japanese soldiers massacred and raped the residents of Nanking. The massacre lasted over a course of six weeks.
  • Germany's invasion of Poland

    Germany's invasion of Poland
    German troops barraged Poland by land, air, and sea. German tanks thundered into Poland and Stuka planes dive bombed them from the air. This was an easy win for the Germans and the beginning of Blitzkreig.
  • German Blitzkrieg

    German Blitzkrieg
    Fast and violent lightning attacks that Germany carried out across Europe. Poland was the first to fall victim to Bltzkrieg. This was a very effective war strategy because the opposition had little time to react.
  • Fall of Paris

    Fall of Paris
    German troops invade France and take over Paris. France surrenders to the Germans. France is officially under Nazi control.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Germanys plan to invade Russia. This attack failed due to many things. They attacked during the winter which didnt work for Napoleon and definetly didnt work for Hitler. Germany was defeated at the gates of Moscow.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Japan attacked our millitary installation in Hawaii. The attack was the biggest terrorist attack until 9/11. This attack brought us into the war. We declared war on Japan, soon after Germany and Italy declared war on us.
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    Conference between high ranking Nazi officials which ended with the creation of the final solution. The final solution was a policy to exterminate the Jewish race as quickly as possible. Sadly this policy was carried out with great effectiveness.
  • Japanese Internment

    Japanese Internment
    Japanese internment took place in the U.S. during WWII. We would relocate all Japanese people regardless of their affilitaion with Imperialist Japan. This was a blatant violation of human rights.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    Japanese forces capture Bataan, The Philippines. 75.000 men on their march over about 100 km to Camp O'Donnell, the "Death-March", 54.000 arrived.
  • Manhattan Project

    Manhattan Project
    The Manhattan Project was the secret initiative to develop the nuclear bomb in America.This project was spear-headed by Albert Einstien. The project was ultimately sucssesful.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    4 day air and naval battle betweeen U.S. and Japan. We sank 4 Japanese aircraft carriers. They managed to sink one of ours. America was victorious.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    This was Germanys last chance to hit Russia where it hurts. Hitler pourd everything he had into this assault. The dwindling Russian soldiers held their ground and ultimately the German troops surrendered to Russia.
  • D-Day (Normandy Invasion)

    D-Day (Normandy Invasion)
    This was the joint opperation of the western allies to take back Europe by way of Normandy. The allies created a fake army unit elsewhere to get Germany to set up defenses their instead of Normandy's coast. This plan worked. Although we suffered many casualties we came out victorious.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    This was Hitlers last stand to frive a wedge in Allied forces. He set up his Ardennes offensive. He unleashed the greatest bombardment in the wars history and beseiged the Allied troops. This Battle cost Hitler 88,000 men and the Americans 77,000. This defeat for Hitler sealed his coffin and began the end of the war.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    US Marine divisions invaded Iwo Jima due to the need of a US fighter base for Japanese air raids. They also needed a repairs and relief base for B-29's. 4000 US soldiers died. 21000 Japanese solders died. We were sucssesful in taking the island.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    US Army and Marine divisions invade the japanese city of Okinawa. Kamikaze attacks killed 5000 Americans. 11000 Japanese surrendered and 110000 were killed. This was the largest naval operation in the Pacific Theatre. The Japanese had the most powerful battleship in history, "The Yamato". This battleship was useless in a fight that revolved around aircraft carriers. It was sunk by US carrier-based aircraft.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    Victory Day in Europe. This was the last day of the Third Reich. Hitler officialy surrenderes and the war is over. This holiday is still celebrated today.
  • Dropping of the Atomic Bombs

    Dropping of the Atomic Bombs
    The U.S. was locked in a war with Japan that seemed it wouldnt end. America gave Japan multiple chances to surrender but they wouldnt give in. This led us to dropping the nuclear bombs. Letters were dropped over Hiroshima before the bombing to allow locals to escape. We then dropped the bomb. Japan still efused to surrender so we dropped another on Nagasaki. Finally the Japanese surrendered and the war was one.
  • VJ Day

    VJ Day
    Victory of Japan Day. japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed official defeat against America. The treaty was signed on the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan. This was the end of the Pacific front of WWII