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WWII Timeline – The Early 1930’s

I’m continuing my WWII Timeline series with a look at the early 1930’s, specifically 1930, 1931, and 1932, in this post. By the time 1933 rolls around, things really start heating up, so I’ll be concentrating on only one year at a time in future WWII Timeline series posts.

A Timeline of WWII, the Early 1930’s

September 14, 1930

After the German federal election, the Nazis become the second largest political party in Germany. The Social Democratic Party remains the largest.

 September 18, 1931

Japanese troops bombed their own railway tracks near the Chinese city of Mukden (currently the city of Shen-yang) and blamed Chinese nationalists for the attack. The bombing did so little damage that a train was able to pass through the damaged section of track soon after the explosion. Known as the “Mukden Incident,” it gave the Japanese the opportunity to invade and occupy Manchuria, and was the start of the Fifteen Year War (1931 to 1945).

November 8, 1932

Franklin Roosevelt is elected President of the United States.


This series of posts is based on a compilation of timelines from:

The Holocaust Encyclopedia:

The History Place:

The National WWII Museum:

Previous posts from the series:

The 1920’s:

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2017

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