WWII Timeline

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    Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin Died/Left office on October 16th 1952, but I had to put the timespan date so it would fit on the timeline
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    Benito Mussilini

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    Adolf Hitler

  • Invasion of Ethiopia

    Facist Italy invades Ethiopia and is able to annex them with the help of modern war technologies (Poison Gas, Mechine Guns, and Heavy Artillery). There was no official surrender but on June 1st 1936 Italy merged Ethiopia with Eritrea and Italian Somalia
  • Occupation of the Rhineland

    Germany Broke the Treaty of Versailles by remilitarizing the Rhineland
  • The Spanish Civil War

    Spain Breaks into civil war and divides into many political groups looking for power. The Facist Party led by Francisco Franco, gained support from the axis powers. After winning the civil war Francisco Franco became dictator of Spain.
  • Air raid on Guernica

    Nazi Germany decided to "test out their new planes" by bombing the small market town of Guernica. After the bombing the planes then flew low down to machine-gun any survivors. They killed over 1,000 innocent civilians.
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    Neville Chamberlain

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    Francisco Franco

    Franco died/left office on November 20th 1975, but in order for him to fit on the timeline i had to set his timespan to August 14th 1945
  • The Anschluss

    Hitler tried to unify Austria and Germany but the chancellor of Austria refused, so hitler sent in his army to "preserve peace"
    once there Hitler made a speech to indicate his new role as ruler of Austria.
  • Munich Conference

    Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and France sign the Munich agreement which forces Czechoslovak to give the Sudetenland to Germany. This was done in attempt of appeasment towards nazi Germany.
  • Annexation of Czechoslovakia

    After losing the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia was weak and powerless, so Germany then just gobbled up the rest of Czechoslovakia.
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact

    Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a nonaggression agreement and secretly divide up the rest of europe between each other.
  • Invasion of Poland

    Germany Invades Poland, Starting WWII in Europe.
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    Winston Churchill

    During this time he was Minister of Defence, he took many other titles but this is during the war
  • Formation of the "Free French"

    Launched by General Charles de Gaulle, the Free French was an armed resistant group, aimed to Free France from German control.
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    Charles DeGaulle

    During this time he was leader of the Free French, he took many othe rtitles before and after this, but this is during the war.
  • Fall of France

    France surrenders to Germany after being Invaded by Germany from the west and Italy from the south.
  • Formation of Vichy France

    To keep the Axis powers from dividing France up equally, Germany created a collaberation state called Vichy, It was said to be free, even though it was clearly run by the Germans.
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    Battle of Britan

    Air War fought between two allied forces the UK and Canada, and Germany and Italy
  • Formation of the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis

    Tripartite (Axis) pact was signed by Japan, Italy, and Germany.
    These three nations agreed to fight communism, enforce anti-democratism, and no get in the way of eachothers plans for territorial expansion
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    Operation Barbarossa

    Nazi Germany invaded the USSR, but their army was stopped in Leningrand (present day St.Petersburg) where a winter with temperatures of -40°f froze Hitlers hopes for conquering all of the Soviet Union, but Germany did take a big portian of Russia
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Japan bombed Pearl Harbor killing about 2,400 people and destroying many battleships.
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    The Holocaust

    The Nazi's made work camps and death camps for all who were not of the Arian race. There they killed between 11-17 million people, 6 million of these people were Jewish.
  • Battle of Midway

    This battle started on June 4th.This was a decisive victory for the Allies because after Japan lost to the American's in this battle they were unable to launch any more offensive operations.
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    Battle of Stalingrad

    Major turning point of WWII occured in the Stalingrad,Russia, when the Soviet Union counter-attacked Nazi Germany and forced them out of Russia and regained all of their lost territory.
  • El Alamein

    The allies defeated the axis powers in Egypt, then the Axis powers retreated into libya. this was a decisive victory for the allies in the North African Campaign, because it kept the Axis powers from gaining control of the suez canal and Middle Eastern oil feilds.
  • D-Day

    The Allies Invaded Normandy, France to take back France and take down the Nazi's. This invasion was the larges amphibious invasion in history.
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    Battle of the Bulge

    The Allies Advanced toward Germany but are slowed down during the Battle of the Bulge, a German offensive aimed a re- conquering Belgium, but by January 1945 the Germans began retreating
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    Iwo Jima

    Fought between the US and Japan, the US invaded Japanese island Iwo Jima. It was heavily armed and ready for the invasion but the Americans fought hard and even though the US won their death toll was higher than Japan's.
  • V-E Day

    Victory in Europe Day, When the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender.
  • Decision to use atomic weapons

    and August 9th the U.S.A. dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The US chose to do this because if they invaded, the Japanese soldiers would rather fight to the death than surrender.
  • V-J Day

    Victory over Japan Day.The day Japan announced it had surrenderd to the U.S.A.