WWII Timeline

  • Great Migration

    Over 5 million African Americans came from the South to find jobs during WWII, moved to places with big cities, such as California.
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  • Selective Service Act

    This act allowed men to volunteer or get drafted for military services.
  • Benito Mussolini

    Benito Mussolini
    Mussolini founded the facist party. Benito was the also the leader of Italy, calling himself Il Duce or the leader.
  • Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin
    Takes head of the Communist Party in Russia. Stalin was known as the "father figure" of Russia.
  • Emperor Hirohito

    Emperor Hirohito
    Hirohito became the emperor of Japan in 1926.
  • Kellog-Briand Pact

    "outlaw war . . as an instrument of national policy" -- U.S. agreed with other nations to settle international disputes.
  • Atomic Bomb

    Atomic Bomb
    Scientists learned how to split the nuclei of certain elements to create the atomic bomb.
  • Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler
    Hitler rose to power as chancellor of Germany. He wrote Mein Kampf explaining how he was going to take over Europe. Hitler was also anti- semitic, very prejudice against Jewish people.
  • Third Reich

    After the appointment of Hitler as chancellor, the Nazi state became the Third Reich.
  • Neutrality Acts

    The neutrality acts of 1935-1937 imposed specific restrictions on Americans during the time of war. It also restricted Americans from making loans to belligerents or sell them arms.
  • Quarantine Speech by FDR

    "quarantine of the agressor nations". This speech was to confirm that Americaa would stay neutral.
  • Munich Pact

    Pact between Germany, Italy, France, and Great Britian signed in Munich, Germany to secure "peace for our time."
  • Non-Aggression Pact

    international pact/treaty between Germany and the Sovie Union supporting peaace and avoiding war. They promised not to attack one another.
  • German Blitzkrieg

    A sudden attack which hit Poland from 3 directions. This was a new style of warfare
  • Neutrality Act of 1939

    This act included a cash and carry provision. This allowed belligerent nations to buy goods and arms in the U.S. if they paid cash and carried the merchandise on their own ships.
  • Winston Churchill

    Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill became the new prime minister of Britian in 1940.
  • Battle of Britian

    Battle of Britian
    Hitler had a plan to invade Britian, code named Operation Sea Lion. This battle was fought in the air with air. 1,700 German planes were lost. Hitler decided to postpone the invasion indefinitely.
  • Lend Lease Act

    This act allowed President Roosevelt to sell or lend war supplies to any country whose defense was vital to the safety of the United States
  • Four Freedoms

    Four Freedoms
    During FDR's speech mentioned "four freedoms"; freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from far-- all threatened by the Nazi and Japenese militarism.
  • Douglas MacArthur

    Douglas MacArthur
    American general of the Philippine Army, Part of the Pacific Theater.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    American military base attacked by the Japenese. Japan's navy sailed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The invasion included 6 aircrafts carriers, 360 airplanes, battleships and cruisers, and many submarines. The Japanese dropped many bombs by surprise and devastated America.
  • War Production Board

    The war production board was formed to oversee the conversion of peacetime industry to industry.
  • Japanese Internment

    Japanese Internment
    Internments were temporary imprisonment of members of a specific group. United States government imprisoned about 120,000 Japanese Americans. The thought of Americans with Japanese ancestary committing treason was the result of the Japanese internment camps.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    Turning point if the whole war. Japanese tried to attack an important naval base, at Midway, failed and the Americans won, stopping the powerful Japanese navy.
  • Rationing

    government-controlled limits on the amount of certain goods that civilians could buy during wartime.
  • Charles Nimitz

    Charles Nimitz
    Nimitz was the commander of the United States Navy. While turning the tide in the Pacific, Nimitz sent the only available aircraft carriers to Midway.
  • Stalingrad

    Stalingrad is a city in Russia. The Battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of the war in Europe. It ended Hitlers plans for dominating Europe.
  • Manhattan Project

    Manhattan Project
    Scientist creates an atomic bomb which cost several billion dollars and employed tens of thousands of people. The bomb was tested in New Mexico, the flash of the light was visible almost 180 miles away.
  • Casablanca Conference

    In Casablanca Morrocco. They met to plan for the Allies, wanted the Axis Powers to surrender. Was with Roosevelt, Churchill, and other important representatives.
  • Women's Army Corps (WAC)

    Women's Army Corps (WAC)
    The WAC provided clerical workers, truck drivers, instructors, and lab technicians for the United States Army. Over 150,000 women volunteered for service.
  • War Bonds

    War Bonds
    Bond program that many Americans bought during WWII, to raise money for war
  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter
    Woman in the WWII era that gave women the idea that they could get jobs and support their families.
  • George Patton

    George Patton
    Patton was an innovative tank commander. He was a single minded general known as Blood and Guts.
  • Tehran Conference

    Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt met together for a meeting. It was to discuss how to Germany and possibly start another front to win.
  • Airdrops

    An Airlift that would drop resources to troops that otherwise couldn't get those resources.
  • Island Hopping

    A strategy that would let people attack small islands and take them. Made the cost of war easier, and let you get close to the enemy. Used by Douglas MacArthur to get to Japan.
  • Middle Class

    Above the working class of common laborers but below the upper class of wealthy business owners.
  • D-Day (Operation Overlord)

    11,000 planes prepared to destroy German communication and transportation networks and soften Nazi beach defenses. At Omaha, Germans were prepared to fight with dug out trenches and small concrete pillboxs with heavy artillery. The objective was to soften upthe Nazi power.
  • G.I. Bill

    WWII Veterans got college educations and compensation after returning from WWII.
  • Korematsu v. United States

    Japanese Americans went to court to seek their rights. In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the government's wartime internment policy.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Hitler ordered a counterattack. The counterattack was known as the Battle of the Bulge, which almost succeeded. The Germans caught the Allies by surprise which created the bulge in the American line. The Allies couldn't see because of the weather. However, when skies cleared, the allied bombers attacked German positions.
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    23,000 American marines were prepared to fight and take Iwo Jima. After 36 days they had taken the island.
  • Okinawa

    Had an air base that if we took it, would help us invade Japan. We lost many men battling, Said to be one of the deadliest battles.
  • V-E Day

    V-E Day
    Victory in Europe Day. Americans celebrated the victory in Europe.
  • Potsdam Conference

    Stalin, Churchill and Harry S Truman and others attended in August 1945. Discussed debt, treaties and the effects after the war.
  • V-J Day

    V-J Day
    Victory over Japan Day. Celebrations all around the country.
  • Nuremberg Trials

    Prosecuted Nazis for war crimes. 21 defendants were leaders of the Third Reich and aarchitects of the Holocaust.
  • Baby Boomers

    Baby Boomers
    Increase in birth between 1945 and 1964.
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer

    J. Robert Oppenheimer
    one of the leaders of the Manhattan Project. Built the facilities for everyone, provided security, materials and the scientists to work on this project.
  • Levittown

    American ideal suburb town after war. Located in Pennsylvania.