5 Events leading to WWII Japan Invaded and took the Chinese province of Manchuria.Protested by League of Nations
6 Adolph Hitler became Fuehrer (leader) of Germany Events leading to WWIIGermanyAdolph Hitler became Fuehrer (leader) of Germany
7 Events leading to WWII Hitler Destroyed the Republic Persecuted Jews Drove out political enemiesMade Germany a totalitarian state (one party) state
8 Mussolini’s army invaded and conquered Ethiopia in Africa Events leading to WWIIMussolini’s army invaded and conquered Ethiopia in Africa
9 Events leading to WWIIGerman Troops marched into the Rhineland (area between Germany and France) in violation of Treaty of Versailles.
10 Events leading to WWIIGermany and Italy sent planes and troops to Francisco Franco, a revolutionary leader in Spain.
11 Events leading to WWIIGermany and Italy formed the Rome-Berlin Axis (Later Japan joined , making it the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis)
12 Events leading to WWII Japan began an undeclared war with china. Though the democracies condemned Japan’s action, the U.S. and England continued to ship vital war materials to her
13 Hitler’s Legions marched into Austria and annexed it to Germany. Events leading to WWIIHitler’s Legions marched into Austria and annexed it to Germany.
14 Events leading to WWIIHitler threatened war if the Sudetenland (part of Czechoslovakia) were not turned over to Germany
15 Events leading to WWIIFrance and England, anxious to avoid war, appeased Hitler and gave the area to him.He then demanded and got the remainder of Czechoslovakia after signing a non-aggression pact with Russia
16 Events leading to WWII September 1, 1939 Germany attacks Poland This marked the beginning of World War IIFrance and Great Britain declare war on GermanyRussia invades Poland from the east and seized the Baltic states.
18 The Axis Powers The Allied Powers Germany FranceItaly Great BritainJapan Russia
19 The United States attempts to remain Neutral (isolationism) As Germany and Japan gained ground, the U.S. changes her policy from one of strict neutrality to one of aiding the Allies “Short of War”
20 Events leading to WWIILend Lease Act, 1941, authorized the President to send aid to the Allies. The U.S. became the “arsenal of democracy”
21 The U.S. Made preparations for defense in case of war Events leading to WWIIThe U.S. Made preparations for defense in case of warBillions of dollars were appropriated for strengthening the Army, Navy, and Air Force.In 1940, the Selective Service Act was passed to raise an army of fighting men.
22 Western FrontApril 1940, Germany invades and occupies Denmark (four hours) and Norway (four days)May 1940, Hitler invades Holland (three days) and Belgium (fourteen days). His army skirts the Marginal Line of France and races to the English Channel
25 Western FrontJune 1940, France is forced to surrender in the same railway car in the forest at Campiegne, where Germany signed the Armistice in Then Hitler orders the railway car blown up.The British Expeditionary forces are pushed back to Dunkirk Belgium with the backs to the SeaThrough a supreme effort the entire army is evacuated by the British Navy but all their equipment is lost.
26 Western FrontJuly Hitler begins preparations for the invasion of England. Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of England (Great Britain) and vows to fight on.
27 Western FrontAugust Germany begins the Blitzkrieg (Lightning War) against England by trying to bomb her into submission
28 Western FrontSeptember The Royal Air Force (RAF) Turns back the German Air Force and forces them to give up round-the- clock bombing. Now the Germans can only carry out nightly terror raids.
29 Western FrontOctober Hitler gives up plans to invade Great Britain and decides to turn against Russia. He plans to defeat England with submarines by cutting off supplies. His U-boast sink more than a British ship a day
30 Western FrontJune Hitler invades Russia. His army drives a thousand miles into Russia. At a spot fifteen miles form Moscow, he is stopped by the Russian Winter.
32 Western Front1941- Mussolini invades Egypt and is thrown out by the British.1941- Italy and Hitler invade and conquers Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania, Greece, and Crete.This is done with the leadership of Field Marshall Rommell for Germany, known as “the desert fox”.
33 GermanyField Marshall Rommell, “The Desert Fox”
34 Events leading American involvement in WWII December The U.S. placed an embargo on all war materials sold to Japan. (Oil, steel, iron, etc) because of their refusal to stop her aggression against China. Japan knows she cannot exist without these material so she decide on radical action. Two of Japan’s top diplomats are dispatched to Washington D.C., in early December 1941, to try to negotiate a compromise .In the meantime the Japanese Fleet sets sail.
36 December 7, 1941 “A Day that will live in Infamy” U.S. Naval and Military installations in Hawaiian Islands are surprise attacked by the Japanese without a declaration of war.All eight U.S. battleships were sunk or badly damaged.The U.S. world War II battle cry becomes “remember pearl harbor”
37 December 8, 1941The U.S. congress Declares war on Japan
38 December 11, 1941Germany and Italy declare war on the U.S.
44 Battle of MidwayJapan attacks Midway Island (American Naval station) in an attempt to wipe out the entire U.S. fleet.The critical Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942 turned the tide in the Americans' favor and they now controlled the Pacific.U.S.S. Yorktown, during the Battle of Midway
45 Pacific TheaterThe allied powers leapfrogged from island to island until they controlled the island of Saipan, the last island that protected the Japanese mainland.
46 Raid on TokyoJimmy Doolittle led the audacious April 1942 bombing raid on Japan from the decks of an aircraft carrier. Although little damage resulted, his action raised American morale
47 European TheaterAllies prepared to invade Italy and Benito Mussolini. On July 9, 1943, American and British parachute and amphibious landings in Sicily marked the beginning of the invasion.
48 European Theater - Italy U.S. -GeneralGeorge PattonBritain-General Montgomery
49 European TheaterAllies led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower make a secretive massive assault on France near Normandy.The secret operation is code nicknamed “Operation Overlord”, which became known through history as D-Day
52 D-DayJune 6, 1944More than 150,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in an early phase of the largest amphibious military operation in historyAlthough the Allied troops suffered heavy losses, including a casualty rate of 90% in several companies attacking Omaha Beach, they broke through German defenses after heavy fighting.
58 European Theater The Battle of the Bulge U.S. Division Commander of the surrounded 101st Airborne were asked to surrender to the Germans. He sent back his reply, “Nuts”
59 European Theater The Battle of the Bulge After 10 days of fighting, the Allies had crushed the German offensive. The Battle of the Bulge was a major defeat for the German Army; it opened the door for Allied invasion of Germany
60 Death of a PresidentPresident Roosevelt dies April 1945, his Vice President Harry Truman succeeds him as President.
61 European TheaterBy early 1945, the combined effect of Allied bombing, invading Americans and British troops from the West, and vengeful Soviets in the East had reduced much of Germany to rubble.The Soviets carried out the attack on Berlin, capturing it by the end of April. Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath Berlin on April 30 as the Soviets closed in. On May 8, remaining German forces finally surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.
62 VE Day- “Victory in Europe” European TheaterVE Day- “Victory in Europe”May the war was officially over in Europe.
63 Pacific TheaterJapan still remained undefeated. The prospect of invading the island nation was daunting, especially in the face of projected bitter resistance from the Japanese people.
64 Pacific TheaterRoosevelt had gathered hundreds of scientists to develop a weapon of destruction, the A-Bomb. This secret group was code named the “Manhattan Project”
65 Pacific TheaterAugust 6, 1945 the U.S. dropped the first Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.August 8, 1945 the U.S. dropped the second Atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
66 Pacific TheaterOn September 2, 1945, Japan surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.
67 Marked the end of the war The War is Over!VJ DaySeptember 2, 1945Marked the end of the war
68 Although more than 400,000 American soldiers were killed (nearly 300,000 in combat), these losses paled in comparison with those of other nations, particularly the Soviet Union, Japan, and Germany. American civilians also suffered comparatively little