1918–31 1935–40 1941 1942
world war ii timeline
November 11, 1918
World War I armistice
June 28, 1919
July 29, 1921
Adolf Hitlerassumes control of NaziPartyin Germany.
Benito Mussolini emergesas dictator in Italy.
September 8, 1931
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October 3, 1935
Italy invades Ethiopia.
Spanish CivilWar begins; Germany andItaly send assistance.
March 12, 1938
Germany invades Austria.
Munich Conference held;ends with appeasement.
October 15, 1938
German troops occupyCzech Sudetenland.
September 1, 1939
Germany invades Poland.
September 3, 1939
Britain and France declarewar on Germany.
July 10, 1940
Battle of Britain begins.War expands globally.
Japan attacksU.S. naval fleet atPearl Harbor.
Waco’s Doris Millerdisplaysheroismon boardthe USS West Virginiaduring the attack.
U.S. declareswar against Japan.
Germany andItaly declare war against U.S.,which reciprocates.
Japanese forcesinvade the Philippine Islands.
Adm. Chester W. Nimitz of Fredericksburg assumescommand of Pacific Fleet.In Texas, existing trainingoperations accelerate the pace;planning for new facilitiescontinues.
Army camps in San Antonio
* Red dates denote national events. Blue dates denote Texas events.
The first of more than3,000 B-24 Liberator bombers built atFort Worth’s Consolidated AircraftCorporation plant roll off theassembly line.
The first five U.S. AfricanAmericans graduate from flight school.
The “Lost Battalion” fromCamp Bowie, Brownwood, is capturedin Java.
Gen. Douglas MacArthurarrives in Australia from Corregidor.
American and Filipino forces onBataan surrender to the Japanese.
Doolittle Raiders bomb Tokyo.
Killeen nativeOveta Culp Hobby becomescommander of the Women’sArmy Corps.
Battle of Midway
Claire L. Chennault of Commercepromoted to major generalwhen Flying Tigers squadron isdissolved in China.
Gen. Ira C. Eakerof Llano and Concho countiesleads first heavy bomber raidon continental Europe.
British and U.S. troops,including the 36th Division mobilizedat Brownwood, invade North Africa.