The Rape of Nanking

Timeline: Japanese actions during World War II

: Japan invades China and captures Nanking

1938: Japan opens the first wartime facility for "sexual comfort" in Nanking

1939: Japan establishes the "Unit 731" research laboratory for biological warfare in Harbin, China, and tests biological weapons on war prisoners (10,000 die)

1940: Italy, Germany and Japan sign the pact of the "axis"

1940: Japan bombs the Chinese city of Ningbo with fleas carrying the bubonic plague

1941: Japan attacks the USA fleet at Pearl Harbor

1941: Japan invades the Philippines and Thailand

1942: Japan invades the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) and British India

1944: the USA drops 22,885 tons of bombs on the Tokyo-Kawasaki-Yokohama area

1945: the USA drops two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and emperor Hirohito surrenders

1945: World War II ends and Japan is forced to retreat from the land it occupied; Nanking is liberated