Major Events of World War Two

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Major Events of World War Two by Mind Map: Major Events of World War Two

1. Pacific Theater

1.1. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor

1.1.1. December 7, 1941

1.1.2. Over half of military aircrafts were destroyed

1.2. Battle of Midway

1.2.1. June 4-7, 1942

1.2.2. Decisive naval battle, turning point in Pacific war

1.3. Battle of Iwo Jima

1.3.1. February 9- March 26, 1945

1.3.2. US Marines capture island of Iwo Jima from Japan

1.4. Battle of Okinawa

1.4.1. April 1- June 22, 1945

1.4.2. One of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific

1.5. Hiroshima and Nagasaki

1.5.1. August 6 and 9, 1945

1.5.2. Around 200,000 Japanese killed

1.5.3. Resulted in Japan surrendering

1.6. Battles of the Coral Sea

1.6.1. May 4-8, 1942

1.6.2. First battle in which aircraft carries engaged each other

1.7. Guadalcanal Campaign

1.7.1. August 7, 1942- February 9, 1943

1.7.2. First offense from by Allies against Japan

1.8. Philippines Campaign

1.8.1. October 20, 1944- September 2, 1945

1.8.2. United Sates liberated Philippines from Japanese control

2. European Theater

2.1. Germany invades Poland

2.1.1. September 1,1939

2.1.2. Poland remained under German control until 1945

2.2. Germany and Italy Sign Treaty

2.2.1. Treaty signed on October 25, 1939

2.2.2. Become Axis Alliance when Japan, Germany, and Italy sign Tripartite Pact

2.3. Battle of Crete

2.3.1. May 1941

2.3.2. Successful German air assault on the island of Crete

2.4. Battle of Stalingrad

2.4.1. August 1942- February 1943

2.4.2. Estimated two million casualties, including civilians

2.5. D-Day

2.5.1. June 6,1944

2.5.2. Largest amphibious operatio in history

2.5.3. Allies landed over 300,000 troops in Normandy

2.6. Battle of Moscow

2.6.1. October 1941- January 1942

2.6.2. Germans couldn't adapt to Russia's dropping temperature

2.7. Battle of Kursk

2.7.1. July- August 1943

2.7.2. Largest tank battle of the war

2.8. Battle of Berlin

2.8.1. April- May 1945

2.8.2. Hitler killed himself so he wouldn't have to surrender

2.8.3. This ended World War Two

2.9. The Second Battle of Kharkov

2.9.1. May 1942

2.9.2. 900 German planes forced Russians to surrender

2.10. Battle of the Atlantic

2.10.1. German U-boats blockaded Europe

2.10.2. 3,000 merchant ships had been sunk

2.11. Battle of Brody

2.11.1. June 1941

2.11.2. Russian tanks outnumber Germans by 4 times and they still lost

2.12. Battle of Britain

2.12.1. July- October 1940

2.12.2. First major campaign fought by air forces

2.13. Battle of the Bulge

2.13.1. December 1944- January 1945

2.13.2. Followed D-Day, Germans ran out of resources

3. African Theater

3.1. Operation Compass

3.1.1. December 1940- February 1941

3.1.2. British took over 100,000 Italians prisoner

3.2. Rommel's First Offense

3.2.1. March- May 1941

3.2.2. Britain's position in Cyrenaica collapses

3.3. Operation Brevity

3.3.1. May 15- 16, 1941

3.3.2. British briefly capture Halfaya Pass

3.4. Operation Skorpion

3.4.1. May 26- 27, 1941

3.4.2. British lose control of the Halfaya Pass

3.5. Operation Battleaxe

3.5.1. June 1941

3.5.2. British fail to recapture Cyreniaca

3.6. Operation Crusader

3.6.1. November- December 1941

3.6.2. Rommel had to withdraw units, British first victory over Germany on ground

3.7. First Battle of El Alamein

3.7.1. July 1-27, 1942

3.7.2. Britain prevented Axis' second advance into Egypt

3.8. Second Battle of El Alamein

3.8.1. October- November 1942

3.8.2. First success against Axis since 1941, boosted morale

3.9. Operation Torch

3.9.1. November 8- 16, 1942

3.9.2. British-American invasion of Vichy French North Africa

3.10. Tunisia Campaign

3.10.1. November 1942- May 1943

3.10.2. Over 200,000 German and Italian troops taken as prisoners