February 02, 2018


In World war I, great armies fought each other for months at a time without moving more than a few kilometers. But World War II was a war of movement. Powerful forces of fast moving tanks and guns fought their way deep into enemy territory. Parachute troops dropped from the air behind enemy lines. And huge fleets of airplanes bombed enemy cities.

More than 50 countries took part in the war. Most were among the Allies, who included Britain, the Commonwealth Countries, France, Russia and the USA. Opposing them were Axis countries, including Germany, Italy and Japan.

At the beginning of the war, German armies quickly seized much of Europe. In 1941, they invaded Russia. In the same year, Japan attacked the USA without warning. The Japanese, too, had success at first, and took over many colonial countries of Asia.

Later in the war, the Russians began to push the Germans back. Allied armies invaded western Europe, and defeated the Axis forces there. 

In May 1945, Germany surrendered. And the war with Japan ended shortly afterwards when the Americans dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities.


Sep 1, 1939 - Germany invaded Poland.

Sep 3, 1939 - France and Britain declared war on Germany.

June 22, 1940 - France surrendered.

June 22, 1941 - Axis invaded Russia.

Dec 7, 1941 -  Japan attacked American naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Oct, 1942 - British offensive against Axis troops at EI Alamein.

Feb, 1943 - Germans at Stalingrad surrendered to Russians.

Sep 3, 1943 - Allies landed in Italy.

Mar, 1944 - Japanese reached Indian boarder.

June 6, 1944 - D - day. Allies invaded Normandy, and began their drive towardss Germany.

Oct 1944 - American naval victory over Japanese in Battle for Leyte Gulf.

Jan, 1945 - Russians captured Warsaw.

May7, 1945 - Germany surrendered.

Aug, 1945 - Americans dropped atomic bombs.

Sep, 1945 - Japan surrendered.

(Source - Octopus Children's Encyclopedia) 

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