WWII Timeline

  • Kristallnacht

    "night of broken glass;" Nov. 1938; Nazi thugs destroyed Jewish storefronts, burned synagogues, and killed 100 Jewish people
  • Beginning Of WWII In Europe

    Germans begin a Blitzkrieg against Poland.
  • Sitzkrieg

    Germany takes over Denmark and Norway
  • Dunkirk

    Greatest escape in the history of warfare; as Germany defeated British and French forces, they were forced to retreat across the English Channel in numerous small boats
  • Battle of Britain

    months of bombing by the Germans on English cities in preparation for an invasion of the island; first time the Germans were not victorious
  • Peral Harber

    Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S.A declares war.
  • Doolittle’s Raid,

    Army Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle led a group of 16 American bombers on a daring air raid of Tokyo and several other Japanese cities. The airplanes had been launched from an aircraft carrier several hundred miles off the coast of Japan.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    One major target was the city of Stalingrad, a major industrial center on the Volga River.
  • Battle Of El Alamein

    Was fought about the same time as the Battle of Stalingrad, the British handed the Germans a major defeat.
  • Operation Torch

    The plan called for American forces to invade the North African countries of Morocco and Algeria in November 1942.
  • The invasion of the Island of Sicily

    This was the first major step in this assault .
  • D-Day.

    the date of the D-Day invasion; postponed from the original plan of June 5 because of bad weather
  • Operation Overlord

    D-day; The Invasion of France
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Last German offensive attack on the western front; winter 1944; near the northern portion of the French border with Belgium and Germany; 101st was surrounded at Bastogne but refused to surrender to the Germans
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf

    Large naval battle in which the U.S. began the process of liberating her soldiers on the Philippines; decisive victory which destroyed much of the Japanese navy
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Feb. 1945; Allied victory; volcanic island with miles of underground tunnels; famous Joe Rosenthal photo of flag raising on Mt. Suribachi
  • Battle of Okinawa

    April 1945; Only 350 miles from Japan; largest invasion force in the Pacific; bloodiest battle in the Pacific; American victory
  • Victory In Europe

    VE (Victory in Europe) Day; the official surrender of German forces to the Allies
  • Atomic Bomb

    On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 named the Enola Gay flew over the city of Hiroshima (hee-roh-SHEE-mah) and dropped its atomic bomb. Seconds later, the bomb exploded. Some 80,000 residents died immediately, and 35,000 were injured. Two-thirds of the city’s 90,000 buildings were destroyed. Fires raged everywhere.
  • Victory in Japan.

    VJ (Victory in Japan) Day; the official surrender of Japanese forces on board the USS Missouri