World War II Timeline
The benchmarks of the war, from the invasion of Poland in 1939 to the surrender of Japan in 1945
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Germany invades Poland, starting World War II. Britain and France declare war on Germany.
Germany invades Norway and Denmark.
Germany invades Belgium and the Netherlands.
Germany begins bombing Britain.
Germany invades the Soviet Union.
Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The U.S. declares war on Japan.
Japan captures Singapore.
Japan captures the Philippines and Burma.
The tide turns — the Allies defeat Japan in the Battle of Midway.
German troops surrender in Stalingrad, USSR.
Axis troops in northern Africa surrender.
U.S. forces invade Tarawa.
D-day: Allied troops land in France and begin invasion.
Japan's navy is defeated near the Philippines.
Germans fight back in Battle of the Bulge.
Allied troops capture Iwo Jima.
Germany surrenders, ending World War II in Europe.
Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japan signs surrender agreement, ending war.