The Course Of World War 2

By: Dorian, Drew, And Nick

Hitler's Earliest Victories

Hitler used Blitzkrieg to take over Europe. This is a very effective strategy for taking over large pieces of land in a short amount of time. He also used Blitzkrieg to then invade denmark, Norway, Netherlands Belgium and France in 1940. While this is going on, the U.S followed a strict policy of isolationism, A series of neutrality acts, passed in 1930s prevented the U.S from taking sides or becoming involved in European wars.

The Battle of Brittan

  • Hitler Realized that an amphibious invasion would only succeed if he gained control of the air. In 1940 the Luftwaffe (the German Air Force) bombed British Naval Bases, Harbors communication centers, and war industries.

  • In September 1940 in retaliation of a bombing on Berlin Hitler ordered a change of strategy. Instead of bombing military bases the Luftwaffe Began bombing major british cities.


London Can Take It [1940, WWII documentary of one night of 247 nights of the bombing of London]

The Invasion Of Poland

The Nazi Invasion of Poland is also known as the September Campaign or The 1939 Defensive War. Nazi Germany saw Poland as a strategic position against the Soviet Union. Poland also was the land designated as the “perfect land” to build an army. Germany used propaganda and staged events to make it seen that they were acting in self defense on moving in to Poland. They advanced in to Poland without being seen as a threat and they built their army to the strongest it could be.


Hitler In Paris

The Battle Of The Coral Sea

In May 4, 1942, the First battle in which only planes from carriers engaged each other and none of the warships sighted and fired on each other. The battle resulted in heavy losses for both sides.


German Forces Surrender in Berlin

The Battle of Berlin ended on May 2. On that day, General of the Artillery Helmuth Weidling, the commander of the Berlin Defense Area, unconditionally surrendered the city to General Vasily Chuikov of the Soviet army. On the same day the officers commanded two armies of Army Group Vistula north of Berlin surrendered to the Western Allies.



Japan Declares War

On December 7, 1941, Japanese kamikaze pilots attacked Pearl Harbor. On the same day, Japanese forces attacked islands in the Philippines and started moving toward the British colony of Malaya. By spring of 1942, almost all of Southeast Asia and most of the Western Pacific was held by Japan. Japan treated the people there like conquered territories. Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor had two meanings behind it. It was meant to demoralize the Americans and hopefully destroy most of the fleet in the Pacific.


Attack on The Soviet Union

Hitler wanted to destroy the Soviet Army, because he thought they were Britain's last hope. He was convinced that the soviet union had a pitiful army
WW2 - Invasion of the Soviet Union

The Allied Advance

The three major Allied Powers were the USA, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. All three were suspicious of the other's motives and agreed to put aside their political differences and focus on military operations. They agreed to fight until the Axis Powers surrendured unconditionally.


The European Theatre

Germany's military power, until late 1942, seemed superior and overwhelming. The Africa Corps had broken through British defenses. But at the battle of El Alamein, the advance was stopped and in May 1943, the Axis Africa Corps surrendered. In November, 1942, Hitler invaded Stalingrad. However, the bitter cold, combined with the Soviets cutting off the supply lines, the German Sixth Army was destroyed.

The Surrender in Berlin

The Battle of Berlin ended on May 2. On that date, General of the Artillery Helmuth Weidling, the commander of the Berlin Defense Area, unconditionally surrendered the city to General Vasily Chuikov of the Soviet army. On the same day the officers commanded two armies of Army Group Vistula north of Berlin, (General Kurt von Tippelskirch commander of the German 21st Army and General Hasso von Manteuffel commander of Third Panzer Army) surrendered to the Western Allies.