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world war 2

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Jarvis McNeil

on 20 April 2010

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World War II 1939 - Invasions of Poland by USSR and Germany, beginning World War II. Most of Poland is taken in days. 1940 - British armored forces attack Italian forces in North Africa. This campaign escalates and continues for nearly three years. 1940 - Germany invades Denmark, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg. All fall within weeks. 1940 - Battle of Britain. Germany suffers its first defeat in the skies over England, and abandons invasion plans. 1941 - June, Germany invades the USSR, opening what becomes known as the Eastern Front. 1941 - December 7, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the US Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. US enters the war, opening the Pacific Theatre. 1942 - June 4-7, Battle of Midway. The US Navy sinks four Japanese aircraft carriers in the fight that proves to be the turning point in the Pacific war. 1942 - Battle of Stalingrad. Germany's entire Sixth Army is lost, and the war begins turning in favor of the Allies. 1943 to 1945 - Several failed assassination attempts on Hitler's life. Hitler has become too unstable to think rationally. Germany's last hope for victory on the Eastern Front, Operation: Zitadelle, fails.
1944 - June 6, the Allied Expeditionary Force under Dwight Eisenhower lands on the coast of northern France on what will later be called "D-Day". The "Second Front" that Stalin has been demanding for three years is now open. 1945 - April 30, Hitler commits suicide, shortly before the fall of Berlin and surrender of German forces in Europe. 1945 - USA develops the atomic bomb, and successfully uses it in August to force the surrender of Japan.
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