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This is a timeline of events that stretched over the period of World War II. Because of length it is subdivided into pages by year:

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This is Timeline of World War II, which shows the event linked to World War II during 1931-1945.


  • 1931- September 18: Japan invades the Manchuria region of China and set up the puppet state of Manchukuo.
  • 1932-1936- Japan and China fought a series of battles in an undeclared war.
  • 1935- March: Germany declares military buildup.
  • 1935- April: France, Britain, and Italy form the "Stresa Front" which says they will defend Austrian independence, and will not allow Germany to change the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1935- June: Anglo-German Naval Agreement: Britain withdraws from the Baltic, and agrees to a limited German naval buildup. The British naval advantage over Germany is lost by this agreement. Italy regards Britain's act as a violation of the Stresa Front, and in response, Italy begins to plan the invasion of Ethiopia.
  • 1935- October: Italy invades Ethiopia, using 300-500 tons of mustard gas against military, civilians, and Red Cross camps and ambulances.
  • 1936- May: Italy claims victory in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile in Britain. Ethiopian guerilla resistance continues until Haile Selassie's return on May 5, 1941, still celebrated in Ethiopia as Liberation Day. During Italy's occupation, massive reprisal killings were gradually replaced by a policy of building public works and roads, abolishing slavery, abrogating the feudal laws previously upheld by Ethiopia, and favoring and empowering the non-Christian groups who had supported the invasion. Upon the Emperor's return, these groups like the TPLF, having seen empowerment for the first time under Italian occupation, refused to resort to the previous subservience to the Amhara and the Emperor.
  • 1936- June: The League of Nations condemns Italy's actions, and Italy withdraws from the League of Nations.
  • 1936- November 25: Germany and Japan form the Anti-Comintern Pact. Germany recognizes Manchukuo.
  • 1937- July 7: Japan declares war on China. (Second Sino-Japanese War).
  • 1937- Italy joins the Anti-Comintern Pact
  • 1939- January 26: Francisco Franco's troops, helped by Italy, take Barcelona.
  • 1939- September 1: Germany invades Poland, starting World War II in Europe (European War).
  • 1941- June 22: Germany invades the Soviet Union.
  • 1941- December 7: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, starting World War II in the Pacific (Pacific War).
  • 1942- June 4: Americans defeat Japan at Midway Island.
  • 1943- February 2: German forces surrender at Stalingrad.
  • 1944- June 6: American and British soldiers invade Normandy.
  • 1944- December 16: German forces attack Americans in Belgium, beginning the Battle of the Bulge.
  • 1945- May 8: Germany surrenders.
  • 1945- August 15: Japan surrenders, ending the war.

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