WWII Timeline

  • Great Depression Begins

    Great Depression Begins
    A serious and worldwide economic decline in the 1930s caused by a plunge in stock market prices in 1929 after Herbert Hoover failed to stop it. Over 8 million Americans were unemployed by
  • Kristallnacht

    The Kristallnacht was a nationwide program in Germany on September 9-10 1930
  • Japan conquers Manchuria in northern China

  • Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

    Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany
    after being elected in 1932; Hitler overthrew the constitution and took control of the government. Hitler led the Nazi Party, or the fascist National Socialist German Workers Party in Germany.
  • Roosevelt first elected president

    Roosevelt first elected president
    on March 4, 1933 FDR was elected as the 32nd president. He immediately took steps to boost public confidence during The Great Depression.
  • Hitler & Mussolini form the Rome-Berlin Axis

  • Japan invades China

  • Germany invades Austria

    Germany invades Austria
    in 1938 Hitler invaded Austria were there was mostly German-speaking people. Many Austrians and Germans welcomed the idea of unification.
  • Britain’s appeasement of Germany

    British demanded an meeting of hostile power in order to avoid war with Germany, causing peace at the time.
  • Germany invades Poland - blitzkrieg (start of WWII)

    Germany invades Poland - blitzkrieg (start of WWII)
    in August 1939, the Soviet Union and German agreed to not attack each other , Germany invaded Poland instead on September 1, 1939
  • Germany & Soviet Union have a nonaggression pact

  • Japan joins the Axis Powers

  • German air force (Luftwaffe) bombs London and other civilian targets in the Battle of Britain

  • Tuskegee Airmen

    Tuskegee Airmen
    African American pilots and crew members who served with honor in North Africa and Europe. Served alongside about one million other African American that served in the armed forces.
  • Germany invades Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and France (Vichy France)

    April and March 1940
  • Lend-Lease Act

    Lend-Lease Act
    in 1941 congress approved the Lend- Lease Act which allowed the US to lend or lease resources and equipment to the allies, sent allies about $50 billion worth of goods
  • Germany invades the Soviet Union

  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Huge Naval base in Pearl Harbor Hawaii, that was bombed by Japanese on December 7, 1941
  • The Nazis implement the “Final Solution”

    The Nazis implement the “Final Solution”
    In its entirety, the "Final Solution" consisted of gassings, shootings, random acts of terror, disease, and starvation that accounted for the deaths of about six million Jews -- two-thirds of European Jewry.
  • Japanese-American incarceration

    Japanese-American incarceration
    In February 1942, more than 110,000 men, women, and children were rounded up and
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60-80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II. approximately 2,500–10,000 Filipino and 100-650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach Camp O'Donnell.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The Japanese hoped that another demoralizing defeat would force the U.S. to capitulate in the Pacific War and thus ensure Japanese dominance in the Pacific.
  • British forces stop the German advance at El Alameino

  • Guadalcanal

    scene of bitter fighting between Japanese and American troops; the American forces were ultimately victorious.
  • Manhattan Project

    Manhattan Project
    a research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs during World War II. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada.
  • German forces surrender at Stalingrad

    German forces surrender at Stalingrad
    major and decisive battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad
  • D-Day

    the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    a major German offensive launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, and France and Luxembourg on the Western Front towards the end of World War II.
  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter
    by 1945 over 19 million women were working, “Rosie the Riveter” was a strong woman that worked hard at an arms factory, symbol of growth.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    the World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization.
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire.
  • Roosevelt dies, Truman becomes president

  • Allied forces advance on Berlin, Germany surrenders

    battle of berlin ended, many german forces start to surrender
  • Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki
    the United States called for a surrender of Japan in the Potsdam Declaration on 26 July 1945, threatening Japan with "prompt and utter destruction". The Japanese government ignored this ultimatum. American airmen dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, followed by Fat Man over Nagasaki on 9 August.
  • Okinawa

    American Army and Marine Corps troops fought a long and bloody battle to capture Okinawa, so it could next be used as the major air force and troop base for the planned invasion of Japan.
  • Japanese officials sign an official letter of surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri, ending World War II

    September 2, 1945.
  • Nuremberg Laws

    Nuremberg Laws
    laws that restricted Jews in Germany and took away their rights. Jews were forced to wear a yellow Star of David badge that identified them as Jews.