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  • 1. WWII 1939 - 1945 Axis Powers Germany, Japan, Italy, Soviet Union Vs. Allied PowersEngland, France, USA, China, Soviet Union
  • 2. Hitler annexes Austria as a part of theThird Reich. This is Hitler’s first step toconquest. He headed next forCzechoslovakia.March 1939
  • 3. Germany and Soviet Union signed anon-aggression treaty. They promisedNot to attack each other. Hitler promised Stathe Soviet leader, Poland.August 1939
  • 4. Germany invaded Poland.Britain and France declare war on Germany.Hitler used strategy called “blitzkrieg” orlightening war.September 1939
  • 5. France signs armistice with Germany.Germany occupies France and sets upauthoritarian regime.Axis start a campaign toTake over Allied holding in Africa.June 1940
  • 6. Battle of Britain. German “Luftwaffe” or air folaunched a major attack on Britain. Ended in September.August 1940
  • 7. Germany invaded Russia. Winter and Sovieresistance halted Germans. 2 front war.November 1941
  • 8. Japan upset over USA sanctions after invadiChina. Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. Rooseve“ woke a sleeping giant” USA enter war.Japan hoped to destroy the USA’s pacific fleeDecember 1941
  • 9. The Battle of Stalingrad. Soviets defeatedGermany for good.Battle of Midway. USA stoppedJapanese from expanding in the Pacific TheaJapan forced to retreat1942
  • 10. Invasion at Normandy. D-Day. Led by EisenhThe invasion led to the Liberation of France.1944
  • 11. Liberation of France.Germany surrenders in May.Italy’s leader, Mussolini, killed.Yalta Conference: United Nations formed toprotect balance of power and Human rights.Potsdam: Democracy vs. Communism. SplitsEurope by an imaginary Iron Curtain With oneside democratic and the other communist.1945
  • 12. Atomic bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Japan surrenders.August 1945