Important Dates to Review

Chapter 10


September 1, 1939- Germany invades Poland from the west

September 17, 1939- The Soviet Union invades Poland from the east

June 14, 1940- Paris, France falls to the Germans

July 10, 1940- Germany bombs London, starting the Battle of Britain

September 27, 1940- Japan joins the Axis Powers


March 11, 1941- U.S. Lend-Lease becomes law; the U.S. sends Great Britain warships and supplies

June 22, 1941- Germany invades the Soviet Union

December 7 & 8, 1941- Japan bombs Pearl Harbor without warning; The U.S. declares war on Japan

December 11, 1941- Germany and Italy declares war on the U.S. and the U.S. declares war on Germany and Italy

April 18, 1942- The U.S bombs Tokyo, Japan

May 6, 1942- The Philippines falls to Japan

June 4-6, 1942- U.S. wins a major at the Battle of Midway, a turning point of the war in the Pacific


February 2, 1943- At Stalingrad, the Soviet Union army defeats Germany, a turning point of the war in Eastern Europe

June 6, 1944- D-Day; American and Allied troops storm the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin the liberation of Western Europe

August 25, 1944- Paris is liberated


February 4, 1945- Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin meet in Yalta to talk about ending the war

February 19, 1945- The U.S. storms Iwo Jima

April 12, 1945- President Roosevelt dies, Harry S Truman becomes U.S. president

May 8, 1945- Victory in Europe (V-E Day) is declared; war still continues in the Pacific

August 6-9, 1945- The U.S. drops one atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and one on Nagasaki, Japan

August 14, 1945- Japan surrenders, ending World War II