Important Events During WWII

Important Events During WWII

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  • Germany Invades Poland
  • Battle of Midway
  • Stalingrad
  • On September 1, 1939, Hitler invades Poland. Adolf Hitler claimed it was a defensive act, but Britain and France were not convinced. Britain and France declare war on Germany two days later, initiating WWII.
  • D-Day
  • Following the attack on Peal Harbor, Japanese armies rolled over Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and the East Indies. The war in the Pacific was fought on land, at sea, and in the air. The turning point in the war in the Pacific came in June, 1942 at the Battle of Midway. In a four day battle fought between aircraft based on giant aircraft carriers, the U.S. destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes and regained control of the Pacific. The Japanese continued to fight on, however, even after the war in Europe ended.
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • On June 22, 1941, 4 million troops poured over the Russian border. Within one month, over two and a half million Russians had been killed, wounded, or captured. The German made tremendous advances into Russia - into portions of Moscow, Leningrad, and Stalingrad. The German offensive sputtered, and then stopped.
  • The Holocaust 
  • Barber
  • Gas chambers
  • On D-Day, June 6, 1944 , General Dwight Eisenhower led U.S. and Allied troops in an invasion of Normandy, France. The armies fought their way through France and Belgium and into Germany while Russian troops fought from the east. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered.
  • The Japanese fought on even after the war in Europe ended. Truman decided to use the newly developed atomic bomb to end the war quickly and prevent more U.S. casualties.  The Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, killing about 78,000 people and injuring 100,000 more. On August 9, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, killing another 40,000 people.
  • The Holocaust was the systematic persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime. Jews were an inferior race, an alien threat to German racial purity and community. During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived, "racial inferiority"
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