WWII Timeline Project

  • Japanese invasion of China

    Japanese invasion of China
    what happened: japanesse tookover a bunch of land because the chinese were not strong enough
    Why it happened: japan wanted to be one of the imperial powers, but did not have the resoruces.
    The effects of the event:they gained more land and more confidence
  • Germany's invasion of Poland

    Germany's invasion of Poland
    Hitler's occupation of the Sudetenland and the invasion of Czechoslovakia lead to the invasion of Poland by the Germans. The German Luftwaffe bombed Poland, and German warships and U-boats attacked the naval forces in the Baltic Sea. Hitler claimed the invasion on Poland was strictly a defense action but two days later Britian and France declare war on Germany.
  • Fall of Paris

    Fall of Paris
    In June 1940 all the people woke up to a German leaders voice announcing over loudspeakers that the curfew was 8PM. Germans came in and occupied Paris. Churchill tried for days to convince the French to not sue for peace, that America would enter the war and come to its aid.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Hitler ordered his armies to go east in a massive invasion on the Soviet Union. Operation Barbarossa was a major crucial turning point in WWII. The biggest mistake the Germans made was coming as conquerors, and not as liberators. The Germans were determined to enslave the Slavic pople and kill the Jews. But Barbarossa had failed, and Nazi Germany took on a two-front war that they could not win.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    The morning of Decemebr 7th, 1941 hundreds of Japanese fighter planes started attacking the American naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii. The Japanese were tired of American trade embargoes so they planned a surprise attack. More than 2,000 American soldiers/sailors died, and another 1,000 were wounded. FDR asked congress to declare war on Japan and congress approved his declaration. Over two years into the attack, America had finally entered WWII.
  • Wannsee Conference

    Wannsee Conference
    In January 20th of 1942 the Nazi officials meet to talk about the “Final Solution” of the Jewish in Europe. Reinhard Heydrich met up with Adolf Eichmann and 15 other officials from many different Nazi organizations in Wannsee, Berlin. Heydrich suggested moving the Jews from Europe to concentration camps in Poland and working them until death and any Jew that survived the harsh conditions would be "treated accordingly." This confrence provided key evidence during the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
  • Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa
    Hitler ordered his armies to go east in a massive invasion on the Soviet Union. Operation Barbarossa was a major crucial turning point in WWII. The biggest mistake the Germans made was coming as conquerors, and not as liberators. The Germans were determined to enslave the Slavic pople and kill the Jews. But Barbarossa had failed, and Nazi Germany took on a two-front war that they could not win.
  • Japanese internment

    Japanese internment
    After the bombing in Peal Harbor FDR signed a executive order forcing all Japanese to relocate from the West Coast. Approximately 120,000 people, most who were american citizens, to move to 10 internment camps across the country. Later on some Japanese were allowed to move back to the coast and the last camp was closed in 1946 and the survivors of the camps were paid as a token of "forgivness."
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    Six months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States defeated Japan in a naval battle of WWII. This battle was an important turning point in the Pacific campaign, because the victory allowed the United States and its allies to move into an offensive position.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    Six months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States defeated Japan in a naval battle of WWII. This battle was an important turning point in the Pacific campaign, because the victory allowed the United States and its allies to move into an offensive position.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    The Battle of Stalingrad was a successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad in the U.S.S.R. during WWII. Russians thought this was the greatest battle of their Great Patriotic War, and most considered it to be the greatest battle of the entire war and was also one of the bloodiest battles. This war stopped the Germans from advancing into the Soviet Union and was the turning of the tide of war for the Allies. But the Soviets took victory and it was a big humiliation for Hitler.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    The Battle of Stalingrad was a successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad in the U.S.S.R. during WWII. Russians thought this was the greatest battle of their Great Patriotic War, and most considered it to be the greatest battle of the entire war and was also one of the bloodiest battles. This war stopped the Germans from advancing into the Soviet Union and was the turning of the tide of war for the Allies. But the Soviets took victory and it was a big humiliation for Hitler.
  • D-Day (Normandy Invasion - 1944)

    D-Day (Normandy Invasion - 1944)
    The battle of D-Day was the largest water based military attacks in history and took a lot of planning.The ending of this battle resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from the control of Nazi Germany. That following spring, May 8, 1945, the Allies accepted the surrender of the Nazi. Hitler committed suicide a week earlier, on April 30.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    In December 1944, Hitler tried to split the Allied armies in northwest Europe by surprising blitzkrieg through the Ardennes to Antwerp. The American units were not prepared but fought hard. The Germans faught into the Ardennes in an attempt to secure vital bridgeheads. The Allied line looked like a large bulge from losing so many soldiers, this giving the battle its name. This battle was the costliest one ever that was fought by the U.S. Army, and in the end they had over 100,000 casualties.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    The Battle of Iwo Jima began from the need for a base near the Japanese coast. This battle was full of air and naval bombardment, three U.S. marine divisions landed on this island on February 19th 1945. Due to the brutal conditions of this battle, the marines took out the defending side after a month and the battle was a special period in American history with a picture showing the U.S. flag being raised in victory.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    The Battle of Iwo Jima began from the need for a base near the Japanese coast. This battle was full of air and naval bombardment, three U.S. marine divisions landed on this island on February 19th 1945. Due to the brutal conditions of this battle, the marines took out the defending side after a month and the battle was a special period in American history with a picture showing the U.S. flag being raised in victory.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    Finally the last and largest battle of the Pacific island was the Battle of Okinawa. 287,000 troops of the U.S. Tenth Army took on 130,000 soldiers of the Japanese Thirty-second Army. This was the bloodiest battles in the Pacific. The campaign, including many civilians fighting, and led to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, this caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the battle of Okinawa.
  • VE Day

    VE Day
    Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Both nations join in the cities in Western Europe, they put out flags and banners, celebrating in their defeat of the Nazi war machine. V-E Day wasnt celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast voiced by Stalin.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    Finally the last and largest battle of the Pacific island was the Battle of Okinawa. 287,000 troops of the U.S. Tenth Army took on 130,000 soldiers of the Japanese Thirty-second Army. This was the bloodiest battles in the Pacific. The campaign, including many civilians fighting, and led to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, this caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the battle of Okinawa.
  • Dropping of the Atomic Bombs

    Dropping of the Atomic Bombs
    What happened: The U.S. droped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
    Why it happened: To speed up the end of the war against Japan.
    The effects of the event: millions of Japanese died.
  • D-Day (Normandy Invasion - 1944)

    D-Day (Normandy Invasion - 1944)
    The battle of D-Day was the largest water based military attacks in history and took a lot of planning.The ending of this battle resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from the control of Nazi Germany. That following spring, May 8, 1945, the Allies accepted the surrender of the Nazi. Hitler committed suicide a week earlier, on April 30.
  • V-J Day

    V-J Day
    What happened: On his date was the offical surreneder of Japan.
    Why it happened: The dropping of the atomic bomb.
    The effects of the event: The ened of the war against Japan.
  • Japanese invasion of China

    Japanese invasion of China
    what happened: japanesse tookover a bunch of land because the chinese were not strong enough
    Why it happened: japan wanted to be one of the imperial powers, but did not have the resoruces.
    The effects of the event:they gained more land and more confidence
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    In December 1944, Hitler tried to split the Allied armies in northwest Europe by surprising blitzkrieg through the Ardennes to Antwerp. The American units were not prepared but fought hard. The Germans faught into the Ardennes in an attempt to secure vital bridgeheads. The Allied line looked like a large bulge from losing so many soldiers, this giving the battle its name. This battle was the costliest one ever that was fought by the U.S. Army, and in the end they had over 100,000 casualties.
  • Japanese internment

    Japanese internment
    After the bombing in Peal Harbor FDR signed a executive order forcing all Japanese to relocate from the West Coast. Approximately 120,000 people, most who were american citizens, to move to 10 internment camps across the country. Later on some Japanese were allowed to move back to the coast and the last camp was closed in 1946 and the survivors of the camps were paid as a token of "forgivness."