WWII Timeline

  • German Anschluss with Austria

    German Anschluss with Austria
    Hitler annexed Austria then demanded the liberation of German people in the Sudetenland region of Czchoslovakia. Neville Chamberlain flew to Germany to attempt a settlement before war broke out.
  • Munich Conference

    Munich Conference
    Hitler, Chamberlain, and Mussolini met in Munich and agreed that Hitler should have the Sudetenland. The Czechs were not invited. Hitler assured those at the meeting that this was the furthest his expansion would go.
  • Kristallnacht

    "night of broken glass;" Nov. 1938; Nazi thugs destroyed Jewish storefronts, burned synagogues, and killed 100 Jewish people
  • Hitler's Early Moves

    Hitler's Early Moves
    Hitler sent his troops into what was left of Czechloslovakia, capturing it.
  • Nonagression Pact

    Nonagression Pact
    Hitler and Stalin signed this pact which included secrets for the division of Poland
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    Adolf Hitler invades Poland
  • The Lightning War

    The Lightning War
    Hitler launched his blitzkrieg against Holland and Belgium
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    The Japanese, who were already waging war against the Chinese, attacked the US pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
  • Roosevelt Declares War

    Roosevelt Declares War
    President Roosevelt declares war on Japan after the bombing at Pearl Harbor.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    American's destroy 4 Japanese Aircraft Carriers
  • D-Day

    The allies launched an attack on Germany's forces in Normandy, Western France. Thousands of transports carried an invasion army under the command of general Eisenhower to the Normandy beaches. The Germans who had been fed false information about a landing near Calais, rushed troops to the area but were unable to prevent the allies from forming a solid bridgehead. For the allies it was essential to first capture a port.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    Germany launched its final defensive through the Ardennes region of Belgium. However, they were beaten back by the allies.
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    US Marines stormed the beaches of Iwo Jima. American's were risking their lives big time here.
  • Allies cross the Rhine

    Allies cross the Rhine
    The Allies crossed the Rhine while Soviet forces were approaching Berlin from the East.
  • Roosevelt's Death

    Roosevelt's Death
    President Roosevelt died. He was succeeded by President Truman.
  • Hitler's Death

    Hitler's Death
    The German leader, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bombproof shelter together with his mistress, Eva Braun.
  • V.E. Day

    V.E. Day
    Victory was celebrated in Europe. Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany
  • Hiroshima

    The Japanese generals refused to surrender. The US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
  • Nagasaki

    The US dropped an atomic bomb on the port of Nagasaki as the Japanese had not surrendered following Hiroshima.
  • Japan Surrenders

    Japan Surrenders
    US General, Douglas MacArthur, accepted Japan's surrender thus formally ending the second world war.