WWII Extended

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    Italy invades and conquers Ethiopia.

  • Japan invades China.

  • Germany marches into Austria and takes it over.

  • Germany takes over Czechoslovakia.

  • Germany invades Poland

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    The Second World War

  • The Prime Minister of Britain, Neville Chamberlain, declares war on Germany.

    France, Australia and New Zealand also declares war on Germany.
  • South Africa declares war on Germany.

  • Canada declares war on Germany.

  • The Soviet Union invades Poland from the east.

  • The Soviet Union invades Finland.

  • Germany invades Norway and Denmark.

    Denmark surrenders on the day of the attack; Norway holds out until June 9.
  • Winston Churchill becomes the new British Prime Minister, replacing Neville Chamberlain.

  • Germany attacks western Europe - Luxembourg, Holland and Belgium.

    Luxemburg surrenders to the Germans.
  • The German army enters France

  • Holland surrenders to the Germans.

  • The Local Defence Volunteers (Dad's Army) is created in Britain.

    It was later called the Home Guard.
  • The evacuation of 340,000 soldiers of the British and French armies from the beaches of Dunkirk.

  • Belgium surrenders to the Germans.

  • The last of the 338,000 British, French and Belgian forces evacuated from Dunkirk.

  • Norway surrenders to the Germans

  • Italy enters the war and declares war on Britain and France

  • The German army enters and took over Paris.

  • Italy invades southern France.

  • German troups conquer most of France.

    France surrenders to the Germans.
  • (until the Liberation on 9 May 1945) German troops take over the Channel Islands, the only British soil occupied by Germany

  • RAF Bomber Command start night raids on Germany

  • Battle of Britain begins

  • The London Blitz starts

  • Italy invades British-controlled Egypt from Italian-controlled Libya.

  • Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact.

  • Italy invades Greece.

  • Slovakia (November 23), Hungary (November 20), and Romania (November 22) join the Axis.

  • Bulgaria joins the Axis.

  • Germany invades Yugoslavia and Greece.

  • German air raid damages the House of Commons in London.

  • Germany invades Russia.

  • The Japanese attack the USA Naval Base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

  • The flag United States declares war on Japan, entering World War II.

  • Germany and Italy declare war on the United States. United States formally declares declares war on Germany and Italy.

  • Hong Kong surrenders to Japan.

  • Japan captures Manila in the Philippines

  • The flag Japan captures Singapore

  • The Battle of the Coral Sea between the US and Japanese navies.

  • Anglo-Americans start bombing Germany.

  • British and U.S. troops win back North Africa.

  • Nazi Germany and its Axis partners declare war on the United States.

  • Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in occupied Poland.

    The largest single revolt by Jews against the Nazis during WW2.
  • The Dam Buster Raid.

  • Italy surrenders.

  • Italy swaps sides and declares war on Germany.

  • Rome is freed by the Allies.

  • British and U.S. troops successfully land on the Normandy beaches of France, opening a “Second Front” against the Germans.

    This day is known as D-Day.
  • The first of Germany's terror weapons, the V1 (doodlebug), falls in England at Swanscombe in Kent.

  • Warsaw Uprising in occupied Poland, the largest ever civilian revolt in history, by the Polish population against the Nazis.

  • Allied forces land in flag southern France near Nice.

  • Allied troops reach flag Paris.

  • U.S. troops enter Germany.

  • U.S. troops land in the Philippines.

  • The Germans launch a final offensive in the west, known as the Battle of the Bulge, in an attempt to re-conquer Belgium and split the Allied forces along the German border.

  • The Soviets liberate Warsaw and Krakow in Poland.

  • The Soviets capture Budapest, capital city of Hungary.

  • The Soviets launch their final offensive, encircling Berlin.

  • Hitler commits suicide.

  • Germany surrenders to the western Allies.

  • Winston Churchill announces VE Day - Victory in Europe.

    British people wave flags, sing and dance in the streets. WW2 ends in Europe
  • Germany surrenders to the Soviets.

  • The first atomic bomb is dropped by The United States on Hiroshima killing 78,000 citizens

  • The Soviet Union declares war on Japan and invades Manchuria.

  • The United States drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

  • Japan surrendered to the Allies after almost six years of war.

    V-J Day (Victory in Japan)
  • Having agreed in principle to unconditional surrender on August 14, 1945, Japan formally surrenders, ending World War II.