1939: After the invasion of Poland, France and Great Britain declare war on Germany
1940: German occupation of France
June 10, 1940: Italy declares war on France and Great Britain
October 2, 1941: Germany's March toward Moscow
1941: German occupation of Russia

December 7, 1941: Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor
December 8, 1941: United States and Great Britain declare war on Japan
1942-1943: Stalingrad
January 10, 1943: The Soviets launch counter-attack on Germany at Stalingrad
February 2, 1943: Germany surrenders at Stalingrad

June 6, 1944: D-Day
April 30, 1945: Hitler commits suicide

August 6, 1945: First Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima
August 9, 1945: Second Atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki
September 2, 1945: Japan surrenders

Pearl Harbor
Japan attacked the United States on December 7, 1941 at the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Japan knew that the US was neutral in World War II at the time , but was supplying both sides with food and other war supports. Japan thought of the US as a threat to the war, and believed that bombing their naval base would scare the US and take them completely out of the war. Luckily for the United States, majority of their navy boats were not at Pearl Harbor at the time. On December 8, 1941, the US, as well as Great Britain, declared war on Japan.

The attack of Pearl Harbor changed World War II because the United States became involved in the war. Great Britain and the United States declared war on Japan. The United States joined the Allied Side and stopped all support to the Axis powers. The US wanted to get revenge on Japan and Great Britain and France needed more support in the war.

"We must be the great arsenal of democracy …. We must apply ourselves to our task with the same resolution, the same sense of urgency, the same spirit of patriotism and sacrifice as we would show were we at war." -FDR



D-Day took place on June 6, 1944 when Allied troops landed in Normandy, France to fight Nazi Germany. 100,000 soldiers traveled to France to fight. 9,000 of those soldiers were killed in combat. D-Day ended in success with the Allied Powers winning back France from German control. This was also a win for the Soviets, who were fighting Nazi Germany in Russia. The Soviets teamed up with the Allied Powers, and after the success of D-Day, Germany lost a lot of power in Europe.

After D-Day, the Germans knew they had lost a lot of power and control in Europe. Less than a year later, Adolf Hitler commits suicide. As the Allied powers gained more control with US involvement in the war, the Axis powers were quickly failing. Germany soon drops out of the war because of loss, and Japan follows after the Atomic bombs are dropped.

"In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world." -Eisenhower

Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima



After the attack of Pearl Harbor, the Unites States Declared War on Japan. After US involvement in the war, the United States dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The bomb killed thousands of people and the aftershock shook the world. Harry S. Truman dropped the bomb on Japan in hopes that after it was dropped, Japan would surrender in the war.

After the Atomic Bomb was dropped, the entire stance in the war changed. The United States wanted Japan to forfeit the war. After Japan said that they would continue in World War II, three days later, another Atomic Bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1941. Japan surrendered in World War II and the war was over.

"The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold. And the end is not yet. With this bomb we have now added a new and revolutionary increase in destruction to supplement the growing power of our armed forces. In their present form these bombs are now in production and even more powerful forms are in development." -Harry S. Truman




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