WWII Timeline

Timeline created by sn292916
  • Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany

    Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. This is important because this was when Hitler first came into a position of authority, allowing him to command others.
    Key Term: Shoah
  • WWII Blitzkrieg

    Germany invades Poland in a blitzkrieg (lightning war), and England and France react by declaring war on Germany. This "lightning war" consisted of quick surprise attacks with tanks, airplanes, and other vehicles against the French. This not only started the war, but was the first blitzkrieg in history.
    Key Term: Blitzkrieg
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    World War II

    The war started when Germany invades Poland, and ended when Japan formally surrenders after having agreed in principle to unconditional surrender on August 14, 1945. This was a major event in world history.
  • Establishment of Concentration Camps

    In Auschwitz, concentration camp for Jews were established. This is significant because during the Holocaust (a.k.a. Shoah), Jewish people were sent to concentration camps where they were tortured.
    Key Term: Shoah
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    The Japanese launched a surprise air attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor located in Hawaii, causing many casualities and a lot of destruction. This was very significant because the Japanese violated the isolatism agreement between nations, and created a very tragic event, mostly for Americans.
    Key Term: Pearl Harbor
  • African Theater: Battle of El Alemein

    This battle was significant because the Germans were trying to take over a very big water transportation way that could aid them in shipping.
  • Operation Torch

    This invasion on French territory in northwest Africa was significant because it was an Allied victory that allowed them to move into Europe.
  • Relocation of Japanese Americans

    President Roosevelt signed an executive order in February 1942 ordering the relocation of all Americans of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps in the United States.This is significant because innocent Japanese Americans were subjected to discrimination due to Japan's bombings on Pearl Harbor. Racial profiling in America was very hypocritical because America was trying to punish HItler for racial profiling as well.
    Key Term: Internment
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    Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway was fought near the Central Pacific island of Midway between the U.S. and Japan. This occured about 6 months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.The U.S. managed to inflict permanent damage on the Japanese Navy by countering Japan’s planned ambush of its few remaining aircraft carriers.
    Key Term: Theater of War
  • D-Day

    Operation Overlord was a code name for the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. The operation was so complicated that U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall said it "almost defies description." Operation Overload was significant because it took a lot of planning, and the Allies managed to assemble 2 million troops of numerous nationalities, nearly 5,000 ships, and 11,000 aircraft without the Germans knowing where or when the invasion would take place.
    Key Term: Operation Overlord
  • European Theater Battle of the Bulge

    This battle was significant because when the Allies crossed the German border, some troops advanced ahead of others, which made them more vunerable. Due to the Allies vunerability, Germans launched their final counterattack, but the Allies served to be stronger than the Germans thought.
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    Nuremberg Trials

    Trials that took place in Nuremberg, Germany after WWII, regarding war crimes against Jews executed by Nazis. The Nuremberg Trials were significant because Nazis who treated Jews wrong during the Holocaust were able to get punished for their actions and served the consequences.
    Key Term: Nuremberg Trials
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Mrines attacked the island of Iwo Jima, weakening the Japanese army.
  • Creation of the United Nations

    The United Nations, an International organization, was formed after WWII when the United Nations Charter was created. This was significant because this organization's purpose was to settle problems between nations and form peace, and keep anything similar to WWII from happening again.
    Key Term: United Nations
  • Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    An American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over Hiroshima, and three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki. These bombings were significant because served to be the most destructive bombings in history, and the world's first deployed atomic bomb.

    Key Term: Fat Man and Little Boy
  • United Nations Charter

    The United Nations Charter was ratified, formally establishing the United Nations.
  • Creation of Israel

    After WWII, Israel was created to serve as a Jewish homeland. On this day, the Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, announced the creation of Israel. The creation of Israel was significant because Jewish peopple were able to have a homeland after the Holocaust, giving them a sense of security.
    Key Term: Zionism