WWII Timeline Project

  • Japan's Invasion

    Started on July 7, 1937 ended September 9, 1945.Republic of china fought Empire of Japan, was the 2nd Sino-Japanese war. Japan began to occupy China's Territory
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    Rape of Nanking (December 13, 1937- Jan. 24, 1938)

    In late 1937, over a period of six weeks, Imperial Japanese Army forces brutally murdered hundreds of thousands of people. Including both soldiers and civilians, in the city of Nanking (Nanjing), was left in ruins, and it took decades for the city and citizens to recover.
  • Germany's Invasion of Poland

    Germany's Invasion of Poland was also known as September campaign or The 1939 Defensive War. Was a joint invasion with Nazi Germany and Free City Footing to take over Poland. Poland was to be partitioned between the Soviet Union and Germany.
  • German Blitzkrieg (1939-1940)

    Also called the ¨lightning war."
  • Fall of Paris (May 10, 1940)

  • Operation Barbarossa (June 22,1941)

    Hitler cancelled the invasion of England and instead invaded the USSR . Fast advances were made. Soviet's launch a counter attack and Germans suffer defeat at Stalingrad, 100,000 are taken prisoner. Germans freeze and starve to death in Prisoner of War camps. Not many of the Germans survive. Russians begin slow push to Berlin.
  • Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941)

    The Japanese launched a surprise attack on the US Naval Base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, using bombers, torpedo bombers and etc. Caused US to join WWII. The attack plan had two goals; the destruction of American aircraft carriers known to frequent the area, and the sinking of as many ships as possible
  • Wannsee Conference (January 20, 1942)

    Was high-level meeting of Nazi officials that took place in Berlin to discuss the "Final Solution." Fifteen people attended the conference. The final protocol of the Wannsee Conference never specifically mentioned extermination, but a few months after the meeting, the first gas chambers were installed, in some of the extermination camps in Poland.
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    Battle of Midway (June 3-7, 1942)

    Battle of Midway Japanese had planned to capture a strategic island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Japanes wanted to lure the American's into a battle they were sure to lose, but we had broken the their code. Admiral Chester Nimitz planned an effective defense, Americans destroying 4 Japanese aircraft carriers and winning. BM brought the Pacific naval forces of Japan and the US to approximate parity and marked a turning point for military struggle between the two countries.
  • Operation Gomorrah (July 24, 1943)

    This was an 8-day, 7-night, U.S. and British aerial assault on the German city that was intended to cripple Germany’s industrial strength. The city provided industrial and energy resources. Also home to a large port that housed various ships and U-Boats, and boat repair near buy. During the attack, roughly 42,000 Germans were killed.
  • D Day (June 6, 1944)

    156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region. The German army was surprised by landing in Normandy. Allies won, D-Day was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19, 1945)

    U.S. marines landed on and captured island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese imperial army during. The battle lasted 5 weeks, was fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the war in the Pacific during WWII.
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    The Battle of Okinawa (April 1- June 22, 1945)

    Also known as Operation Iceberg, was the largest amphibious landing in the Pacific theater of World War II. Resulted in the largest casualties with over 100,000 Japanese casualties and 50,000 casualties for the Allies.The battle lasted 82-day-long from April, 1 - June 22, 1945. The severity of the crusade made the US unwilling to invade Japanese mainland, and was one of the motivating factors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
  • VE Day (May 8, 1945)

    The day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms. Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans more. So they stopped to keep from being taken prisoner. Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the just before and after the German surrender.