Acadec WW2 literature

Hitler becomes chancellor in
1933

August 1939
Hitler and Stalin sign the non-aggression pact

Poland is invaded by Germany on
September 1, 1939

Battle of the Atlantic begins
German U-boat submarines struck at merchant shipping bound for Britain, sinking more than 100 vessels in the first four months of WW2

May 10, 1940
the Blitzkrieg occurs – German forces sweep through Belgium and the Netherlands

Operation Sea Lion
German planes bombed Britain throughout the summer of 1940 in order to pave the way for an amphibious invasion, but invasion does not occur

Battle of Britain
Battle between the British Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe where German forces are defeated

After the Battle of Britain, British defense sources were pushed to the limit and Churchill began to get aid from the U.S. under the _____
Lend-Lease Act

Operation Barbarossa
On June 22, 1941, Hitler orders the invasion of the Soviet Union. Germans are able to advance to Moscow by mid-July but no further because there were disagreements between Hitler and his commanders and harsh winter weather

Pearl Harbor is attacked by Japanese forces on
December 7, 1941

U.S. Pacific Fleet win _____ in June 1942 and this is a turning point in the war
Battle of Midway

Island-hopping
Allied naval force strategy to counterattack Japan. They were very successful

Allies invade ____ and _____’s government falls in July 1943
Italy, Mussolini

D-Day
Name for the Allied forces’ invasion of Europe on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944

The U.S. bombs the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on
August 6th and August 9th, 1945

Japan surrenders, ending the war on
September 2, 1945

The two major theaters of war were the
European and Pacific theaters

Women working in the ____ and ____ industries increased during the war
aviation, munitions

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)
first women to fly American military aircraft