World War 2 Adolf Hitler
Timeline part three

Prelude to a nightmare

hitler olympicsHitler gives the Nazi
salute at the 1936
Olympics in Berlin .

1935 – Hitler openly announces that Germany is ignoring the Treaty of Versailles and rearming.
1936 – Hitler re-occupies the Rheinland area of Germany declared a demilitarized zone after World War I.

He tries unsuccessfully to forge an alliance with the United Kingdom. Hitler opens the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.

1937, November 5 – Hitler holds a secret meeting with his top military advisors, ordering them to make plans for the conquest of Eastern Europe and Russia.

1938 – Hitler pressures Austria into unification with Germany (the Anschluss) and triumphs into Vienna on March 14.

adolf-hitler-timelineA bizarre image of one of history's biggest tyrants
- surrounded by children on his 50th birthday.
@ World War II Adolf Hitler Timeline

September 30 – Hitler signs the “Munich Agreement” with the leaders of England, France and Italy.
This act of so-called Allied “appeasement” paved the way for the German invasion of Czechoslovakia.
- At the end of 1938 Hitler is named Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year”, a dubious honor given to someone who “for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

1939, January 30 – Hitler makes his so-called “Prophecy Speech” where he calls for genocide against the Jews.

-April 20 –
Hitler’s 50th birthday featuring the largest military parade in Third Reich history (about 50,000 troops took part. Hitler is given an Alpine retreat, later dubbed the “Eagle’s Nest”, as a birthday present from his generals.


1939, August 23 – Soviet leader Joseph Stalin accepts a Nazi Soviet pact of non-aggression called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
- September 1 – Germany invades Poland, starting World War 2.

1940, May – Hitler’s forces lash west, invading the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

london-bombingA Luftwaffe plane
bombing London during
the Blitz.

@ World War II
Adolf Hitler

- July –
Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to bomb English air bases as a prelude to a planned invasion.
The German air force, the Luftwaffe, fails to win control of the skies in an airborn conflict known as the "Battle of Britain".
Hitler then orders the bombing of English cities.
- September 27 – Hitler signs the Tripartite Treaty with the leaders of Japan and Italy, which become known as the Axis Powers.

1941, June 22 – Hitler breaks the Nazi Soviet Pact and starts Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia.
-December 2 – German troops come within 15 miles (24 km) of Moscow.
-December 11 – Hitler declares war on the United States following the Japanese attach on Pearl Harbor.
1942 – German forces defeated at El Alamein in northern Africa.

The tables turn

von-stauffenbergClaus von
@ World War II
Adolf Hitler

1943, February – Hitler’s 6th Army destroyed in the Battle of Stalingrad, turning the tide of the war.
1944, June 6 – D-Day landings in France. Some German leaders now see defeat as inevitable and start to plot against Hitler.
-July 6 – An attempted assassination of Hitler known as Operation Valkyrie takes place at his Wolf’s Lair headquarters in modern day Poland. Claus von Stauffenberg was one of the plot's leaders.
Hitler’s reprisals result in the execution of about 5000 people. [an error occurred while processing this directive]

Hitler's end

traudl-jungeTraudi Junge

1945, April 12 – American President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death gives Hitler hope of negotiating a peace with the US and the United Kingdom before Soviet troops overrun Germany. Hitler makes his last stand in the Füherebunker in Berlin. He refuses to surrender, believing the remaining German forces would be able to push the advancing Soviets back.
-April 23 – One of Hitler’s top leaders Hermann Göring tries to assume leadership from the south of German is arrested by Hitler.
-April 29 – Hitler dictates his will and a political statement to his private secretary, Traudl Junge. Hitler marries his long-time mistress Eva Braun.
-April 30 – Hitler commits suicide in the Führerbunker, simultaneously biting into a cyanide capsule while shooting himself in the head with the same pistol his niece Geli Raubal used to kill herself. Braun also kills herself by taking cyanide.
After Hitlers death the two are put into a bomb crater, dowsed with gasoline and cremated by Führerbunker aides.

Written by S. Anderson, 2010. Last updated 2011.

Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 »
Share |

top of page

For references for World War II Adolf Hitler Timeline - see the first page of the timeline here.

Ruins of the Reich, R.J. Adams, 2007 (TV series)

The Nazis: A Warning From History, Laurence Rees, 1998

Hitler: A Biography, Ian Kershaw, 2010

Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, John Toland, 1991



Photo sources for World War II Adolf Hitler Timeline

• Hitler at Berlin Olympics

• Plane bombing London WikiCommons

• Hitler 50th birthday © Rue Des Archives

• Claus von Stauffenberg

• Traudi Junge

Unless otherwise stated, all photos used on the page World War II Adolf Hitler Timeline are, to our knowledge, in the public domain. If you think otherwise, please let us know.