WWII: European Theatre

  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    When: September 1st 1939Who: German troops and artillery/ polish troops and civilians Where: Poland Why: Hitler wanted to reclaim lost territory and conquer all of Poland.
  • Battle of Britain

    When: August 12th 1940Who: Germany invading Great Britain. Where: Southern EnglandWhy: Germany had just taken France and now Hitler wanted Great Britain.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    When: March 11 1941Who: FDR/ United States Government created Lend-lease ActWhere: United States Congress Why: Allowed FDR to lease sell transfer or exchange goods with any country fighting the axis powers.
  • Germany declares war on United States

    When: December 11th 1941Who: Hitler declares war on U.S.A.Where: GermanyWhy: The United States declared war on Japan.
  • Battle of Alamein

    Battle of Alamein
    When: July 1st 1942Who: Germany/Italy V.S. AlliesWhere: Northern AfricaWhy: The Germans wanted control of all of Northern Africa and the Allies held off the attack then forced the Axis powers out of Northern Africa.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    When: July 1942Who: German troops vs. Soviet troopsWhere: Soviet Union, StalingradWhy: Stalingrad was the main rail and waterways for southern Russia.
  • Allies land in Italy

    When: September 12th 1943Who: Allies/ Remaining German forcesWhere: ItalyWhy: Italy surrendered to the Allied forces
  • D-Day invasion

    When: June 6th 1944Who: 160,000 Allied troops vs. German infantry Where: Normandy FranceWhy: It was the Allied invasion of Europe to retake control and defeat the Nazi’s.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    When: Late 1944 Who: Allied powers pushing the German forces back into Germany Where: France, BelgiumWhy: It was the last German offensive the American and British forces pushed them back into Germany.
  • Yalta conference

    Yalta conference
    When: February 4th 1945Who: FDR, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin.Where: CrimeaWhy: The United States wanted Soviet help against the Japanese while Great Britain desired that democracy be set as the government of post war Europe. All three, USSR, USA, and Great Britain wanted to split Germany evenly
  • Franklin Roosevelt dies

    When: April 12th 1945Who: Franklin D. RooseveltWhere: His home in Warm Springs GeorgiaWhy: The United State’s president died of a cerebral hemorrhage.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    Hitler commits suicide
    When: April 30th 1945Who: Adolf HitlerWhere: BerlinWhy: His main officers and best friends betrayed him and the Soviets were closing in on him.
  • Germany surrenders VE-Day

    When: May 8th 1945Who: Germany/ AlliesWhere: Berlin Germany Why: The Nazi forces were defeated and the German leaders knew they had to surrender.