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Chronology of Events of World War II

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Christian Alas
Sound By
Margarita Onofre

WORLD WAR II – INTRODUCTION

1933 Adolf Hitler becomes Germany’s dictator.

1935 Italy attacks Ethiopia.

1935 Spanish Civil War (Franco is supported by Hitler.)

1936 Germany occupies the Rhineland in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.

1938 Germany annexes Austria.

1938 Hitler forces Czechoslovakia to surrender the Sudetenland to Germany.

Nov. 9-10, 1938 Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass)- German government organized massive riots and destruction of Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues.

Mar. 1939 Memel (part of Lithuania) is ceded to Germany.

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Mar. 1939 Germany occupies the rest of Czechoslovakia.

April 1939 Italy occupies Albania.

May 1939 Nazi-Italian Pact.

Aug. 1939 Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Treaty contained a secret provision for the division of Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union.

Sept. 1, 1939 Germany invaded Poland. World War II began.

Sept. 3, 1939 France and Britain declare war on Germany.

Nov. 1939 Soviet Union invades Finland.

April 1940 Germany invades Denmark and Norway.

May 1940 Germany defeats Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

June 1940 Germany invades France.

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June 1940 France surrenders to Germany.

Aug. 1940 Battle of Britain begins.

Oct. 1940 Italy invades Greece.

April 1941 Germany invades Greece and Yugoslavia.

June 1941 Germany invades the Soviet Union.

Dec. 7, 1941 Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.

Dec. 8, 1941 U.S., Canada, and Great Britain declare war on Japan.

Dec. 11, 1941 Germany and Italy declare war on the U.S. in support of Japan.

Aug. 1942 Hitler orders forces to capture Stalingrad.

Oct. 1942 British attack at El Alamein, Egypt, and begin recapture of North Africa.

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Nov. 1942 Allied forces land in Algeria and Morocco.

Feb. 1943 Germans surrender at Stalingrad; war turns in favor of Allies.

May 1943 Axis forces surrender in North Africa.

July 1943 Allies invade Sicily.

Sept. 1943. Italy secretly surrenders to the Allies.

Jan. 1944 German siege of Leningrad is broken.

June 6, 1944 D-Day: Massive Allied invasion of Normandy beaches in France.

July 1944 Attempt by German officers to assassinate Hitler.

Aug. 1944 Allies invade Southern France.

Dec. 1944 Battle of the Bulge-Hitler’s last attempt to stop the Allies.

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Jan. 1945 Soviets capture Warsaw.

April 1945 Soviets capture Vienna.

April 30, 1945 Hitler commits suicide.

May 2, 1945 Berlin is captured.

May 7, 1945 Germany surrenders.

Aug. 5, 1945 U.S. dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

Aug. 9, 1945 U.S. dropped atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

Aug. 14, 1945 Japan surrenders unofficially.

Sept. 2, 1945 Japan officially surrenders.

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Write one sentence to describe the history of World War II for each area below:

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Chronology of Events of World War II