WWII Timeline

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In History
  • German Parliament passes Enabling Act

    German Parliament passes Enabling Act
    Enabling Act was passed on March 23, 1933, by the German Parliament. It allowed the Reich government to issue laws without the consent of Germany’s Parliament. Its full name was the “Law to remedy the distress of the people and the Reich”.
  • The Gestapo was born

    The Gestapo was born
    On April 26, 1933, Herman Goring established the Gestapo. The Gestapo was the Nazi’s secret police. Herman Goring was committed by Adolf Hitler after he became Chancellor of Germany.
  • Nuremberg laws announced

    Nuremberg laws announced
    Nuremberg Laws were announced on September 15, 1935, by Adolf Hitler and approved by the Nazi Party. They were a big amount of laws, one of these deprived Jews of German citizenship. In general, they deprived Jews of rights.
  • Rome-Berlin Axis announced

    Rome-Berlin Axis announced
    The Rome Berlin axis was announced on November 1, 1936, by Benito Mussolini. This axis extended the alliance between Italy and Germany, it was based on durability and fraternity.
  • Japan invades China

    Japan invades China
    This war, last from July 7, 1937, to September 9, 1945, was a war conflict fought between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. It’s also called Second Sino-Japanese war and is divided into three periods: a period of rapid Japanese advance until the end of 1938, a period of a virtual stalemate until 1944, and the final period when Allied counterattacks, principally in the Pacific Ocean and on Japan’s home islands, brought about Japan’s surrender.
  • Germany Anschluss with Austria

    Germany Anschluss with Austria
    In German “Anschluss” means “Union”, in fact, it was a political union between Nazi Germany and Austria. It happened on March 12, 1938.
    In 1919 it remained a hope to unify Austria to Germany, with Hitler’s lead it became reality.
  • Munich agreement signed

    Munich agreement signed
    The Munich Agreement or Munich Betrayal was an agreement concluded at Munich on 30 September 1938, by Nazi Germany, the United Kingdom, the French Third Republic, and Italy. It provided lands to Germany: Sudeten German territory of Czechoslovakia. It was important for WW2 because it prevented the war threatened by Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland (a region of western Czechoslovakia inhabited by more than 3 million people) mainly German speakers.
  • Kristallnacht

    From November 9 to November 10, 1938, Nazi soldiers, during that night known as “Kristallnacht”, also called the “Night of Broken Glass”, vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933 when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) became the chancellor of Germany.
  • Yellow stars required to be worn by polish Jews over age 10

    Yellow stars required to be worn by polish Jews over age 10
    The Nazis resurrected this practice to wear a badge (a yellow star) as part of their persecutions during the Holocaust. R. Heydrich, chief of the Reich Main Security Office, first recommended that Jews should wear identifying badges following the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9 and 10, 1938. By the end of 1939, all Jews in Polish territories were required to wear badges.
  • Non aggression pact signed between Germany and USSR

    Non aggression pact signed between Germany and USSR
    The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, officially known as the Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, was a neutrality pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939,
    The clauses of the Non-Aggression Pact provided a written guarantee of peace by each party towards the other, and a declared commitment that neither government would ally itself to, or aid an enemy of the other party.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    The invasion of Poland marked the beginning of World War
    II. That is the reason why this event is fundamental for WW2. The German invasion began on 1 September 1939, one week after the signing of the Non-Aggression Pact between Germany and the Soviet Union. The Soviets invaded Poland on 17 September. The campaign ended on 6 October with Germany and the Soviet Union dividing and annexing the whole of Poland under their control.
  • Great Britain and France declare war on Germany

    Great Britain and France declare war on Germany
    On September 3, 1939 in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Britain and France, both allies of the overrun nation declare war on Germany. The United States would remain neutral because of the death of 28 Americans in an incident of a British boat (ocean liner Athenia) sunk by a German submarine. In addition, President Roosevelt declared that U.S. won’t give any kind of weapons to Europe. This event is important for WW2 because it was the first attempt of European countries to attack Germany
  • Poland surrenders to Germany

    Poland surrenders to Germany
    Germany invades Poland on September 1st. Poland surrenders to the Germans on September 27th. The Germans had an overwhelmingly more powerful fleet than the Polish. As well as Poland having to deal with the Soviets on the eastern side. Germany wanted to “take back” the land that belonged to them and Hitler just want to have full control over Poland.
  • Germany attacks France

    Germany attacks France
    On September 3rd France had declared war on Germany because of the assault on its ally, Poland. France launches the Saar Offensive, but it stalled. Germany had been at war with Britain and France since Sep. 3rd, but no major fighting occurred until May 10th of 1940. Germany had already been at war with them, and taking over France and the more southern countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg would make it easier to get an attack on Britain.
  • The Battle of Midway(4th-7th)

    The Battle of Midway(4th-7th)
    The Battle of Midway was a naval battle in the Pacific Theater of WWII that took place between the 4th and the 7th of June 1942. Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor the US defeated a Japanese fleet that inflicted a lot of damage that was proved irreparable. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US declared war on Japan and as retaliation, they organized a surprise attack to take down that Japanese fleet that they knew would cause a lot of damage to Japan.
  • Italy enters WWII

    Italy enters WWII
    Italy joined the Anti-Comintern Pact on November 6, 1937, but didn’t officially join WWII until after the signing of the Pact of Steel with Germany and finally signed the Tripartite Pact(triple Alliance with Germany, Italy, and Japan), which became known as the Axis alliance.
  • Germany defeats France

    Germany defeats France
    After the invasion of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg to soften up the playing field, Germany invaded France and with France not having the Saar Offensive ready in time they were at a clear disadvantage to the power of the German troops and strategy. Germany defeats and takes over the French on Jun 25th, 1940.
  • Battle of Britain begins

    Battle of Britain begins
    The Battle of Britain was when Germany bombed Great Britain in order to soften up the land for the invitation. The air assault lasted many months as Germany continued to bomb Britain. As Germany overran Belgium, the Netherlands and France in only a matter of weeks, this left Great Britain as the last standing allied power in WW2.
  • Tripartite Pact Signed

    Tripartite Pact Signed
    On September 27th, the Axis powers are formed as Germany, Italy and Japan signed the Tripartite Pact in Berlin. The main reason for their alliance was to provide a threatening stance for any neutrals like the United States. They wanted to avoid pulling in the US as much as possible because Germany knew that they could provide a stronger effort to the allied forces that would help them win(Mainly, Germany didn’t want another country to pitch in and contest their territorial expansion).
  • Battle of Barbarossa Begins

    Battle of Barbarossa Begins
    The invasion started on June 22nd when Hitler commanded his army to push into the eastern front. This assault was supposed to pull the Soviet Union out of the war, but even though Hitler had: three million German soldiers, 150 divisions, and three thousand tanks they were no match for the grueling weather and the patience of the Soviets. Their strategies were completely inadequate and this would lead them into a pitiful defeat in Moscow.
  • Battle of Moscow(Part 1)

    Battle of Moscow(Part 1)
    The Soviets knew that Germany would try and breach their defences and they did. The battlefield was softened by the German bombers and the Infantrymen were getting tired and fatigued. German commanders quickly rotated front men so that they would lose their control over the assault.
  • Battle of Moscow(Part 2)

    Battle of Moscow(Part 2)
    What the Soviets had that Germany didn’t was that the Soviets had lived in the territory for a long while and knew how to deal with the weather and the number of attention supplies, clothing, and even troops needed to stay sharp and ready. The German was just no match as the soviets quickly end the assault on Apr 20th, 1942. Also with the Soviet victory in the Battle of Moscow, the Battle of Barbarossa would then come to an end shortly after.
  • Battle of Britain Ends(Part 1)

    Battle of Britain Ends(Part 1)
    The Battle of Britain’s end is considered to be on October 31st when the Royal Air Force(RAF) caused considerable damage to the Luftwaffe. It was known as the first major military campaign to be solely fought with air forces.
  • Battle of Britain Ends(Part 2)

    Battle of Britain Ends(Part 2)
    Even though Hitler's air force terminated about 1,547 allied air crafts, it’s considered an Allied win because Hitler called out his invasion. This was a big contributor in the war because if the Allied forces would have lost then Germany would have taken control of Britain and the war would be all but lost and into German hands.
  • Operation Barbarossa Ends (Part 1)

    Operation Barbarossa Ends (Part 1)
    This operation by Germany was probably one of the most important turning points in WWII. After the complete failure of the Battle of Moscow because of poor strategic planning, Germany didn’t learn their lesson and continued their conquest into the Soviet Union. This was a big mistake because the Soviets were ready and the Germans were not. Therefore Operation Barbarossa ends on December 5th, 1941 with a Soviet victory.
  • Operation Barbarossa Ends (Part 2)

    Operation Barbarossa Ends (Part 2)
    Both of the losses on the Eastern(Battle of Moscow and Operation Barbarossa) and western(Battle of Britain) side would cause Germany to fight a two-front battle on two different sides. After all the depletion on both sides, Germany wasn’t completely prepared to continue fighting the Soviet Union. These failures would really come into play when the US comes into the war on the Allied forces.
  • Pearl Harbor attacked by Japan

    Pearl Harbor attacked by Japan
    Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7th 1941. This surprise attack was another huge turning point for WWII as this encounter would anger the US and pull them into WWII and fight for the Allied forces. The attack was supposed to come in 3 waves but had only done 2 because the Japanese commanders thought they had done enough damage to the naval base.
  • U.S. Declares War on Japan

    U.S. Declares War on Japan
    The two countries that would be involved were the United States and Japan the reason that this would happen was because of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The attack on Pearl Harbor would cause the United States to declare war on Japan. The date that it would happen was December 8th, 1941 and the place that they would declare the war was Pearl Harbor.
  • Wannsee conference/ Final Solution:

    Wannsee conference/ Final Solution:
    It would be a meeting that would be with the Nazi officials to discuss what the final outcome for the Jewish question. The reason that this meeting had to happen was so that the Jews could be treated accordingly. But in the end, the final solution would just be killing as many of the Jews as possible. The place that this meeting would take place was in a suburb of Berlin. The day that it would happen was January 20th, 1942.
  • D-Day

    The place that it would take place was in France. The countries that were involved were Europe, Germany, America, Canada, and Britain. It would be a battle ( Battle of Normandy). The reason that it would happen was that Europe and Germany would have an alliance. The date that this would happen was June 6th, 1942.
  • Battle Of Stalingrad:

    Battle Of Stalingrad:
    The battle of Stalingrad was military camping between the Russians and those of Nazi Germany and the Axis power. The country that it would happen was Russia. The reason that this would happen was that Germany had already lost one war but didn’t give up so they had to fight back. The date that this would happen was July 17th, 1942.
  • US Island Hopping Part 1

    US Island Hopping Part 1
    It would be a combined force of U.S. Marine and Army troops launched a land and water assault on three smaller islands in the Kwajalein Atoll, a ring-shaped coral formation in the Marshall Islands where the Japanese had established their outermost defensive perimeter in World War II. It would begin in 1943 and end in February of 1944.
  • Island Hopping Part 2

    Island Hopping Part 2
    Kwajalein Island and the nearby small islands of Roi and Namur were the first of the Marshall Islands to be captured by U.S. troops and would allow the Pacific Fleet to advance its planned assault on the islands and its drive towards the Philippines and the Japanese home islands. It begins in 1943 and by February of 1944, the Allies had gained most of the land and considered it a win.
  • Allied Troops Free Paris ( August 19th - August 25th, 1944.)

    Allied Troops Free Paris ( August 19th - August 25th, 1944.)
    The countries that were involved were France and Germany. The reason that this happened was when one of Germany's commanding officers had gone against Hitler and not blown Paris up. The whole thing was about making sure Paris got liberated. The place that it would happen was France. The date was from August 19th - August 25th, 1944.
  • US Troops Land on Philippines

    US Troops Land on Philippines
    Jan 9th, 1945: The countries that would be involved in one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific were the United States and the Philippines. The reason that this would happen was that Japan had a threshold in the Philippines. So the impact that this would have was that it would make the Japanese what to come in and fight.
  • US Captures Iwo Jima

    US Captures Iwo Jima
    Feb 19- Mar 26, 1945: This would be one of the first Naval battles since Pearl Harbor had happened. It would be a good place for the United States to attack because it would have so many airbases. The United States had Iwo Jima outnumbered three to one. This would also have the impact of the Japanese on getting more involved to go against the United States. The two countries that would be fighting in this war were the United States and Japan.
  • Hitler Commits suicide

    Hitler Commits suicide
    April 30 1945:The place that Hitler would take his own life was in his underground bunker. The reason that Hitler had taken his own life was that the Allies had forced Germany to surrender. This would make him think that he was vulnerable. The way that he had committed suicide was by taking a cyanide capsule and also by shooting himself in the head.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    May 8, 1945: It would be celebrated in America and Great Britain. But it would also be the day that the German soldiers would put down their guns and would surrender to the Soviets that would be antagonizing them. This would cause over 10,000 British POW’S to be freed. This would also make it so many of the German soldiers were not captured.
  • Us captures Okinawa

    Us captures Okinawa
    April 1 - June 30, 1945: This would be one of the last major battles during WW2. The reason that this would happen was that the Allied troops and Soviet troops had liberated much of Nazi-occupied Europe. This would make it so that the United States could go and take the island of Okinawa. The Countries that were actually involved in the battle were the United States and Germany. This would be the last stop for the United States before they would go after Japan.
  • Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima

    Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima
    The reason for this bombing was to prove to Japan that the United States had more powerful weapons. But even though it was known as Little Boy it would still cause a whole bunch of damage to the island of Hiroshima. The outcome of this bomb was it would level out five miles of the city and leave more than 80,000 people dead. The two countries that would be involved were the United States and Japan.
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

    Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki
    The Japanese didn’t surrender right away, therefore, the US would be forced into dropping a second bomb. The name of this bomb would be Fat Man. The reason that it would have that name was that it would kill about 40,000 just from the impact. But Nagasaki was that the main target was Kokura, but after the sky was filled with smoke by a firebomb raiding this would force the United States to go after the secondary target. The two countries that were involved were the United States and Japan.
  • Japan formally surrenders to U.S.

    Japan formally surrenders to U.S.
    The reason for the surrender of the Japanese was because they had recognized that the United States had more power. The countries that would be involved in this surrender was the United States General Douglas Macarthur, and Japan’s Emperor Hirohito. The outcome of this would be ending WW2.