How the War Started
- Germany, Italy, and Japan committed many warlike acts between 1931 and 1939 which lead up to World War II.
- Great Britain and France promised to support Poland if Germany ever attacked.
- Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, and by doing so, World War II began.
- Germany, Italy, and Japan were part of the Axis powers.
- Great Britain, France, the United States, the Soviet Union, and China were all members of the Allied powers.
1939 Part 1
- March 14, Germany invades Czechoslovakia.
- On the same day as the invasion of Czechoslovakia, Italy invades Albania.
- August 23, Germany and Russia sign a non-aggression pact.
- October 6, Germany and the Soviet Union have taken full control over Poland.
- November 4, a Neutrality Act is signed allowing the U.S. to send aid to the Allied Powers.
1939 Part 2/ 1940 Part 1
- November 8, there was a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
- November 30, Finland is attacked by the Soviet Union.
- March 18, Italy's formal alliance with Germany is finally announced.
- May 10, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands all have been invaded by Germany.
- On the same, day Winston Churchill becomes the new Prime Minister of Britain.
1940 Part 2/ 1941
- Berlin, Germany's first British air raid happened August 25-26, 1940.
- November 5, 1940, Roosevelt has won re-election as President of the United States of America.
- November 20, 1940, Hungary becomes a member of the Axis powers.
- December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor has been bombed by the Japanese.
- December 8, 1941, U.S. and Britain have become allies and have declared war on Japan.
Fun Facts Part 1
- World War II is known to be the World's largest armed conflict in human history so far.
- An estimate of 50 million military and civilian deaths were caused by World War II.
- World War II caused the creation of the United Nations.
- World War II also caused the Great Depression to end.
- Franklin Roosevelt worked hard to prepare America for war if they became a part of the war.
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur, and Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz all contributed to Allied victory.
Fun Facts Part 2
- By the time the fall of 1939 came, Hitler made plans to control Poland.
- The German forces used a tactic called Blitzkrieg.
- Blitzkrieg is German for lightning war.
- Blitzkrieg is when all the vehicles would communicate by radio and make rapid advances.
- After Germany had control of France, they started to bomb British cities.
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