World War II Daniel W. Blackmon
Germany Begins Open Rearmament • 1935 March 16 Germany repudiates military clauses of the Versailles Treaty
Italy invades Ethiopia • October 3, 1935
Mussolini Invades Greece • Mussolini’s offensive is stopped by the Greeks • Britain will offer aid to the Greeks, and re-deploy forces from North Africa to Greece
FDR: “Four Freedoms” Speech • freedom of speech, • freedom of religion, • freedom from want, • freedom from fear
Plans to Attack Pearl Harbor • January 7 • Adm. Yamamoto begins planning for an attack on Pearl Harbor
British Capture Tobruk • January 22, 1941 • British counter-offensive routs the Italians • Important coastal port of Tobruk falls
Lend-Lease Act • March 11, 1941
FDR and Neutrality • March 30, 1941 • US seizes all Axis shipping in US ports • US occupies Greenland and extends anti-submarine patrols further out to sea
Hitler Briefs His Generals • March 30, 1941
Rommel Besieges Tobruk • March 31, 1941 • Erwin Rommel, commanding the Afrika Korps, surprises the British with a counter offensive • Rommel runs the British back as fast as the British had run the Italians
Hitler Invades Yugoslavia and Greece • April 6, 1941 • His purpose is to bail out Mussolini and to secure his southern flank for the invasion of Russia. He is extremely sensitive to British air strikes against the Ploesti oil fields.
Russo-Japanese Non-Aggression Pact • April 19, 1941 • Ignorant of Hitler's plans, Japan concludes a nonaggression pact with Russia; Japan wants to clear its flank before moving into Indochina and the Dutch East Indies.
FDR and Neutrality • June 14, 1941 • All Axis assets in the U.S. frozen
Operation Barbarossa • June 22, 1941 • Adolf Hitler invades the Soviet Union • The bloodiest, most savage war in human history begins
FDR and Neutrality • June 24, 1941 • FDR extends Lend-Lease Aid to the Soviet Union