Dates & Events
1931 - Japan captures Manchuria.
1938 - Germany annexes Austria.
Germany Britain, France and Italy sign the Munich
Sept 1, 1939 - Germany invades Poland.
This attack begins World War II.
Sept 3, 1939 - Britain and France declare
war on Germany
Sept 1939 - Germany attacks and captures
Denmark and Norway.
Sept 17, 1939 - Soviet Union, canceling
the non-aggression pact, attacks
Poland from the East.
Nov 30, 1939 - Soviet Union invades
June 1939 - Italy declares war on the
Allies in June.
Apr 1940 - Paris falls to the Nazis.
1940 - Japan joins the Axis powers.
Winston Churchill replaces Chamberlain
as the Prime Minster of UK.
July 1940 - Battle of Britain.
Germany invades France and it surrenders.
Italy invades Greece. British troops fight Italy
in North Africa.
1940-1941 - Britain fights against the
1941 - Italian and German troops
invade Egypt in June.
Germans attack USSR. They capture
Leningrad but are defeated near Moscow (in winter).
June 1941 - Germany attacks Russia.
Dec. 7, 1941 - Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.
Dec, 1941 - USA declares war on the Axis
Powers and Japan.
Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore,
Burma, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines are
overrun by Japan.
Germans occupy Greece and Yugoslavia.
Allies took Ethiopia from Italians
and gain control of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon
Dec 1941 - Germany and Italy declare
war on USA.
1942 - Allies won the Battle of El
Alamein on Egypt.
Japanese expansion stopped by US
victories at Coral Sea (May), Midway Island
(June) and Guadalcanal (August).
1943-44 - US troops retake Gilbert, Marshall
Caroline and Mariana Islands. These would
be used as bases to carry out bombing raids on Japan
Sept 1943 - Italy surrenders and signs
an armistice with the Allies.
1944 - US forces begin recapturing
British troops start recapturing
Allies attack the areas under the
Nazi in Italy.
June 1944 - D-Day invasion in Normandy.
Aug 1944 - Soviet troops marched towards
Germany after forcing Germans off their
Japanese Navy is defeated by US
Navy in the battle of Leyte Gulf
Jan 1945 - Germans launch counter offensive
but retreat using V-1 and V-2 rocket bombs.
April 30, 1945 - Hitler kills himself
after Germany surrenders.
Allies meet at Yalta to discuss
post war settlement.
Mussolini is assassinated
May 7, 1945 - President Roosevelt dies.
Harry Truman becomes the President.
May 8, 1945 - VE Day celebrated victory
Aug. 1945 - US drop Atomic bombs on Hiroshima,
Japan (6th) and Nagasaki, Japan (9th)
Aug. 14 - Japan surrenders.
Sept. 9, 1945 - World War II ends after
statement of surrender is signed by the