WWII history

  • Japan's invasion of China

    Japan's invasion of China
    Japan, eager for the natural resources in China, invaded and occupied Manchuria. Using their Manchurian base, Japan went on to take control of all of North China.
  • Germany invasion of Poland

    Germany invasion of Poland
    On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. German units attacked with more than 2,000 tanks and 1,000 planes and broke through Polish defenses near the border. Warsaw surrendered to Germany on September 27, 1939.
  • Battle of Britain

    Attack on Britain by the German Air force, the Luftwaffe, that desroyed much of London but was unsuccessful at taking breaking British moral.
  • Tripartite Pact

    The Axis powers were formed when Germany, Italy, and Japan become allies with the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin. This Pact provided assistance if any of the members suffered an attack by any nation not already involved in the war.
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    U.S Act created to provide supplies to allied countries during the war.
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    Americasn forces stormed Normandy Beach and took control of the French coastline from the Nazi's
  • Germany takes Leningrad

    Germany takes Leningrad
    Nazi blckade of modern day St. Petersburg, then a center of industrial output for russia
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbour

    Japanese fighter planes attacked the American navay base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan the next morning.
  • Formation of the U.N.

    Formation of the U.N.
    Group that was set up between 51 nations in an effort to ensure peace in future years
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    Meeting of senior officials of Nazi Germany, held in the Berlin concering plans for Jews of German-occupied Europe to be deported to Poland and exterminated.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The most important naval battle of World War II. U.S carriers fended off a Japanese ambush and renderd their Navy useless
  • German Blitzkrieg on russia

    German Blitzkrieg on russia
    Hitler's planned "lightning war" against the Soviet Union that failed.
  • Mao Zedong

    Mao Zedong
    Founder of Communism and of The People's Republic of China
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    Meeting held in Yalta amongst the big three for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war plans
  • Iwo Jima and Okinawa

    Iwo Jima and Okinawa
    Two small islands that the U.S captured in order to invade Japan
  • Hitler's Suicide

    Hitler's Suicide
    After realizing the war is lost, Hitler and his wife kill themselves.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender marked the end of World War II in Europe.
  • Potsdam Conference

    A meeting in Potsdam, Germany, near Berlin, where the "Big Three" leaders met during the last days of World War II. President Truman, Stalin, and Prime Minister Churchill and Atlee discussed post-war arrangements in Europe.
  • Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
    An American B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and instantly killed 80,000 people leading to an end to the Great War.
  • VJ DaY

    VJ DaY
    The name givent to the day that Japan surrendured, Ending WWII.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    President Truman's speech that stated the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent them from being taken over by communism.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    Plan enacted to provide recovery aid to Europe after the war
  • NATO

    NATO
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization- member states agree to defend in response to an attack by any external party.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The result of the division of Korea by an agreement of the Allies at the end of World War II.
  • Stalin's death; khrushchev

    Stalin's death; khrushchev
    Joseph stalin, leader of the U.S.S.R dies Nikita Khrushchevtake control.
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    The treaty formed amongst eight communist states of Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    War based of the spread of communism.
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik
    Russian made satellite that beat the U.S by sending the first satellite into space and led to the begining of the Space Race.
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    A failed military invasion of Cuba by the CIA in an effort to overthrow Fidel Castro
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    wall created to divide Eastern communist Germany from western Germany.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    nuclear stand-off between U.S and the Soviet Union backed communist Cuba.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev
    Last undisputed leader the Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union Falls

    Soviet Union Falls
    the dissolution of the Soviet Union was finalized as russia signed over independence of the twelve republics of the Soviet Union.