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WWII Events Timeline

  • Night of the Long Knives

    Night of the Long Knives
    The Night of the Long Knives is also known as "Operation Hummingbird". This event is about killing anti-Nazi parties who opposed to the idea of Hitler holding absolute power in Germany.
  • Holocaust

    Holocaust is a racism and a mass slaughter of Jewish. Germany believed their failure in WWI & economic problem was because of Jew. One time, 17th year of old Herschel Grynszpan avenged his father's deportation by shooting a Germany diplomat in Paris. In result, Germany's troop storm and destroyed Jews's property, "Night of Broken Glass. Later on, the Germany had locked Jews in a designed cities, where the Jews suffered starvation and condition just because Hitler wanted to drop Germany Jew.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    The invasion of Poland was Germany first newest military strategy. They surprise attacked Poland using airplanes, tanks, and troop trucks, passing Polish's borderline. France and Britain responded to invasion by declaring war on Germany, but it was too late.
  • Stalin attacks Finland

    Stalin attacks Finland
    The Soviet Union had desired to take Finland's territory but Finland did not give up its territory without war. On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union had begun their invasion in Finland, just after 3 months of WWII outbreak. This invasion if Finland is also known as "Winter War". The Soviet Union had won but it inspired Hilter to think the Soviet Union is weak due to their poor performance.
  • Germany attacks France

    Germany attacks France
    Hitler used Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg as a strategy to strike France. This strategy had kept the allies attention on those three countries. But to Allies surprised, Hitler sent a numerous number of tanks and troop through Ardennes and immediately got there in the northern coast of France. From there, Germany's force joined with other Germany's troop in Belgium. This had trapped France and caused France to flawed, but they got eventually got rescued from Britain with about 850 ships.
  • Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of Britain

    Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of Britain
    Winston Churchill was a significant prime minister in Britain. One of his greatest quotes was " We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing ground, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets... We shall never surrender."
  • The Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain
    The Germany attacking the Great Britain, starting with RAF then the cities; destroying numerous aircraft, cities, and live. But the Britain did not waver, instance they fought back hard.
  • Hitler takes over the Balkans

    Hitler takes over the Balkans
    While some of German's general is in Balkan, Hitler planned to charge his ally Soviet Union. He sized his territory in Balkan because Balkan is his invasion key. In early 1941, he forced 2 countries; Yugoslavia and Greece to join the Axis power and influenced 3 countries; Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    A law or act that allowed necessary nations to trade arms and supplies with United State. This was passed so that the U.S. could help the Allies power won the war without involving in the war.
  • German Blitzkrieg on Soviet Union

    German Blitzkrieg on Soviet Union
    The roar of Germany tanks and aircrafts had ring the bell of invasion. Unfortunately, the Soviet Union were unprepared for the war. As the Soviet Union retreated, they used scorched-earth strategy; burning Germany path. German had bombed the Union warehouse, causing the Union to hunger. Germany made a huge mistake by invading the Moscow since they had no winter shoes or clothes and got encounter by the Soviet Union; losing 500,000 Germany live.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    Japan bombed on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii had stunned the American even though they had messaged an attack might come. It had destroyed 19 ships, more than 2,300 American died, and over 1,100 were wounded. On the next day, Frankly D. Roosevelt had immediately requested war on Japan and Axis powers. This had brought the U.S. into WW2.
  • Japanese internment camps

    Japanese internment camps
    Japanese internment camps were issued by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. The Japanse Americans were seen as an enemy because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They are required to relocate their home far away from the coast. However, more than half of them are a Native-born Americans citizens. Even though they are relocated, many of them had fought bravely for the United States.
  • The Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway
    Midway Island was a location key to America airfield, but Japan didn't know. As Admiral Yamamoto and his huge fleet were on his way to Midway. The American were prepared for it, thanks to the Allied codebreakers. As soon as a Japanese's plane flew into the air, the U.S. plane attack it. This had made the Japan retreat and turned the tide of war in Pacific.
  • Guadalcanal

    American marine with Australia support had stopped Japan from having a stronghold in Guadalcanal Island. This island was called "The Island of Death" by Japan after they had lost the fight in Guadalcanal.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    Hitler sent his general Paulus to seize an oil field and capture Stalingrad. Germany's Luftwaffe had bombed the city nightly; desperately destroyed the city. Even in this hopeless situation, Stalin's faithful commender defended the city. They eventually encounter Germany by trapping them and cutting off their supplies. This had made Germany surrender because Germany was having a frostbit during winter and suffering hunger on February 2, 1943.
  • Battle of El Alamein

    Battle of El Alamein
    In Africa, both Allies and Axis had fought each other fiercely. Germany was a well dug but the Allies had surprised them with a roar of 1,000 British guns. In November, Rommel and his men got defeated and redrew. Eventually, they still got crushed in May 1943 by Montgomery and Eisenhower's armies.
  • Tehran Conference

    Tehran Conference
    A meeting between the three allies Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. The leader of the Soviet Union wanted to attack Germany in France but as a result, they open 2nd front in western Europe.
  • D-Day

    This D-Day was planned in may 1944 but the actual invasion is at June 6, 1944. Before the invasion began, the Allies had secretly built an invasion force. When they are ready, they deceived Germany that an attacker would come from French seaport of Calais. As the invasion occurs, the Allies with their force were struggling to pass 3 feet think wall and took a lot of casualties. However, the Allies had marched to Paris through German's defense and won this invasion.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    A conference agreement to divide Germany into occupation zones by the Allies power; United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union. Also, agreeing for Germany to pay for the cause of life and property in the Soviet Union. It a final plane to defeat Germany.
  • F.D.E's death

    F.D.E's death
    President Frankly D. Roosevelt had died on April 12, 1945 before he witness the long awaited victory. However, after his death, Harry Truman had become President and had witness the Nazi surrender in Berlin on May 9, 1945.
  • Mussolini's assassination

    Mussolini's assassination
    Some German and Mussolini was in a truck near Milan city. He was disguised as a German soldier but they got ambushed by Italian resistance fighter. The Italian resistance fighter had shot Mussolini in the next day after they ambushed him and hang his body in Milan's downtown.
  • Hitler's suicide

    Hitler's suicide
    After Germany lose in the battle of Bulge, the Allies were closing to Berlin. Hitler was prepared to die in underground of headquarter beneath the crumbling city where the Soviet Union had surrounded with artillery fire. On April 29, 1945 Hitler married Eva Brawn and both of them commit suicide on the next day.
  • Formation of the U.N

    Formation of the U.N
    Creation of United Nation was a temporarily to set aside between the United States and the Soviet Union. It is a peacekeeping organization that joined all over the country in the world. This international organization was to protect a member against aggression and it held in New York.
  • Potsdam Conference

    Potsdam Conference
  • MacArthur's plan for Japan

    MacArthur's plan for Japan
    MacArthur's plan for Japan removes all military force from Japan. To do that, he planned to "Island-hop" form closest island to closest island with that is weak in defense.
  • Atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
    Dropping atomic bomb was an idea to end the war quickly and saving lives by Truman. The U.S. had warned Japan, unfortunately, they got a bomb dropped on top of them. This had made Japan surrender and sign an agreement to end the war on September 2, 1945.
  • Nuremberg Trials

    Nuremberg Trials
    After the War had ended, 22 of the major official were held criminal and was judged by the Allies power; Great Britain, The U.S., France, and the Soviet Union. 12 of them are sentenced to death and the other is put in prison. However, not all seem as guilty as other, because of their higher government level. Unfortunately, the Supreme leader Hilter wasn't one of them because he committed suicide, along with some of his fellow.
  • Cold War

    Cold War
    A conflict marked between the United States and the Soviet Union after WW2. This was a struggle over a political difference in military weapon and education. This cold war was supposed to be WW3 but the destruction a nuclear weapon could cause was a concern to the World, so no war, only an increase in tension and reputation challenge between the U.S and the Soviet Union.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    After the WWII, the western Europe was ruined so they make assistance program called Marshall Plan. This program was proposed by U.S. secretary of United State George Marshall to provide food, machinery, and other materials of the western Europe to return normal.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift
    Soviets Union cut off a transportation path; highway, water, and rail traffic. The leader Stalin believe that this would make the Allies surrender and forget about reforming Germany. Cutting a transportation path had brought starvation to Berlin, but food and supplies had flown into western Berlin with the help of Britain and American.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during Cold War. This event was the closest super nuclear weapon war. By the Love of God, they both managed to find a peaceful agreement to not fight. The Soviet Union had to take back their missile from Cuban and the U.S. promised not to invaded Cuban and secretly took their missile from Turkey.
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    The Berlin Wall was built between East Germany and West Germany. It was built to prevent people from the communist in East Germany to escape to democratic West Germany. However, the wall had been destructed on November 9, 1989, due to free movement inspired East Germany.