WWII Timeline

  • Japan invades Manchuria

    Japan invades Manchuria
  • Creation of Luftwaffe

    Creation of Luftwaffe
    Hitler announced the creation of a new air force in Germany.
  • Fascist Italy invades, conquers, and annexes Ethiopia

    Fascist Italy invades, conquers, and annexes Ethiopia
  • Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign treaty of cooperation

    Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign treaty of cooperation
  • Rome-Berlin Axis is announced

    Rome-Berlin Axis is announced
  • Anti-Comintern Pact

    Anti-Comintern Pact
    Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact, directed against the Soviet Union and the international Communist movement.
  • Japan invades China

    Japan invades China
    The invasion initiates World War II in the Pacific.
  • Fascist Italy invades and annexes Albania

    Fascist Italy invades and annexes Albania
  • Nazi Germany and Soviet Union sign nonaggression agreement

    Nazi Germany and Soviet Union sign nonaggression agreement
    They also signed a secret codicil dividing eastern Europe into spheres of influence.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    This invasion initiates World War II in Europe.
  • Great Britain and France declare war on Germany

    Great Britain and France declare war on Germany
    The British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announced that unless Germany agreed to withdraw their recent aggression against Poland, 'a state of war would exist between the two countries.
  • Soviet Union invades Poland from the east

    Soviet Union invades Poland from the east
  • Warsaw surrenders

    Warsaw surrenders
    The Polish government flees into exile via Romania. On September 28, 1939 Germany and the Soviet Union divide Poland between them.
  • Blitzkrieg against Denmark and Norway

    Blitzkrieg against Denmark and Norway
  • Germany attacks Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France

    Germany attacks Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France
  • France surrenders

    France surrenders
  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    Germans bomb British cities. This air war, which is known as the Battle of Britain, ended in defeat for Nazi Germany on October 31, 1940.
  • Tripartite Act

    Tripartite Act
    Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact.
  • Germany invades Greece and Yugoslavia

    Germany invades Greece and Yugoslavia
    Greece and Yugoslavia are captured by Germany.
  • Hitler invades Soviet Union

    Hitler invades Soviet Union
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Japan bombs Pearl Harbor in the United States. The provoked the United States to enter the war.
  • Germany declares war on the United States

    Germany declares war on the United States
    Germany declared war upon the United States, in response to what was claimed to be a series of provocations by the United States government when the US was formally neutral during World War II.
  • Battle of Coral Sea

    Battle of Coral Sea
    The Battle of Coral Sea was a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. American naval forces stopped Japanese advance and saved Australia from the threat of invasion.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    The Battle of Midway was a crucial and decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The United States won this battle. U.S. planes destroyed 4 attacking Japanese aircraft carriers and defeated the Japanese navy. This was a major turning point of the war in Asia.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia. Stalingrad was a major industrial center on Volga. Hitler's best unit, the German Sixth Army, was lost. This signified that the Germans could lose.
  • Battle of Tunisia

    Battle of Tunisia
    The Tunisia Campaign was a series of battles that took place in Tunisia during the North African Campaign of World War II.
  • Germans surrender at Stalingrad

    Germans surrender at Stalingrad
  • Battle of Kursk

    Battle of Kursk
    The Battle of Kursk was a battle between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk in the Soviet Union. Soviets defeated the Germans at the Battle of Kursk.
  • Rome falls to the Allies

    Rome falls to the Allies
  • D-Day

    D-Day
    Allied forces under U.S. general Dwight D. Eisenhower landed on the Narmandy beaches in history's greatest naval invasion. This was known as Operation Overlord. Allies fought their way past underwater mines, barbed wire, and horrible machine gun fire.
  • Paris is liberated

    Paris is liberated
  • Mussolini dies

    Mussolini dies
    Benito Mussolini was shot by Italian partisans, or resistance fighters.
  • Hitler dies

    Hitler dies
    Adolf Hitler commits suicide.
  • Germany surrenders

    Germany surrenders
    The German commander surrendered and the war in Europe is over.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.
  • U.S. drops first atomic bomb

    U.S. drops first atomic bomb
    The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb ("Little Boy") on Hiroshima in Japan.
  • U.S. drops second atomic bomb

    U.S. drops second atomic bomb
    A second atomic bomb ("Fat Man") was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. These were the only times nuclear weapons have been used in war.
  • Japan formally surrenders

    Japan formally surrenders
    This ended World War II.