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WWII The Battlefield is Everywhere

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Transcript of WWII The Battlefield is Everywhere

World War II: The Battlefield is Everywhere
The Battle of the Atlantic
Sept 1939-May 1943
Britain
US (After 1941)
Main Combatants:
Vs.
Germany
Italy
Longest Military Campaign of WWII
The Battle of Britain
July - Oct 1940
Major Combatants:
British Royal Air Force (RAF)
Vs.
German Luftwaffe
First all-air plane-v-plane battle.
Germans used U-Boat "wolf packs"
Allies used new tech "SONAR" to hunt them down
Result:
Allied Victory/Control of the Atlantic Ocean
Before Hitler could invade Britain he needed air superiority to land troops.
Result: Decisive Allied Victory/Control of the skies
After months of battles in the sky, the Brits were able to repel the Nazi invasion thanks to the use of RADAR.
Operation Barbarossa
June - Dec 1941
Major Combatants:
Germany vs Soviet Union
Germany Invades the Soviet Union
Largest land invasion in history
Results:
German tactical victory:
Nazis Gain land/win battle
Long-term strategic failure: Nazis over extend lines, eventually fail (More on this later)
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Dec 7, 1941
Major Combatants:
US vs. Japan
Surprise attack on docked US Navy
8 of US's most powerful ships (battleships) were sunk or damaged
Luckily, US Carriers were out at sea, US would now rely on air power over heavy Naval guns
Result:
Major Japaneses Victory
US enters WWII
Battle of Stalingrad
Aug 1942 - Feb 1943
Major Combatants:
Germany vs Soviet Union
Aug-Sept Nazis take Stalingrad
Winter sets in, supply lines freeze, Soviets launch counter-attack
Bloodiest battle in world history
1.25 million Soviets killed (More killed in this one battle than all Americans/British killed in entire war)
Results: Decisive Soviet Victory/Nazi never recover on eastern front
Operation Torch:
The Fight for North Africa
Nov. 1942
Major Combatants:
US
Britain
vs
Germany
Vichy France
While Stalingrad was raging, the allies looked to open up a second front
Not ready to attack "Fortress Europe" yet, the Allies begin to liberate North Africa
Result:
Allied Victory
Allies control Morocco to the Suez Canal
Battle of the Philippines
(Bataan Peninsula)
Dec 1941 - May 1942
The Day after Pearl Harbor, Japan invades US held Philippines
Major Combatants:
US vs Japan
Gen. Douglas MacArthur held off the Japanese attacks for months until finally being forced to abandon the islands, vowed:
"I shall return."
Result: Japanese Victory
The Doolittle Raid
April 1942
James Doolittle led an attack on Tokyo using small bombers launched from the USS Hornet
Did not do much damage but was huge morale boost for the US/was seen as revenge for Pearl Harbor
No single decisive battle, many small search and destroy missions
Battle of Midway
June 1942
Main Combatants:
US vs Japan
Japan sent large attack fleet towards the US
Admiral Chester Nimitz and the US Navy Intercepted them at Midway Island
Result:
Decisive Allied Victory
US would maintain naval superiority in the Pacific for the rest of the war
Allowed US Navy/Marines to begin "Island Hopping" campaign towards Japan
Battle of Guadalcanal
Aug 1942 - Feb 1943
Major Combatants:
US vs Japan
Japan needed Guad. to attack New Guinea and Australia
US needed Guad. to re-take the Philippines
US Marines fight hard for 6 months in dense jungle, often causing hand to hand combat
Result:
Allied Victory
Allowed US to retake the Philippines (Battle of Leyte Gulf)
"I Have returned" -Douglas MacArthur
The Invasion of Italy
Sept 1943
Major Combatants
US
Britain
vs
Germany
Italy
Allies wanted Italy out of the war before taking on the Nazis directly
Italy overthrows Mussolini and surrenders
Nazis rush in to hold the Italian peninsula
Battles were devastating for both sides
Result:
Close Allied Victory
Pulled Nazis into Italy, weakening them in "Fortress Europe"
Battle of Normandy (D-Day)
June 6, 1944
Major Combatants:
US
Britain
Canada
vs
Germany
Largest amphibious assault in history
Allies invade Nazi-held France through the beaches of Normandy
Led by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Result:
Decisive Allied Victory
Allies est. foothold in Europe to bring the fight to Germany
Battle of the Bulge
Dec 1944 - Jan 1945
Major Combatants:
US
Britain
vs
Germany
As allies move towards Germany, Nazis attempt a last desperate blitzkrieg to turn the tides in their favor
Creates a bulge in allied lines
101st Airborne Div. held off the Nazis at Bastogne, Belgium until reenforced by Gen. George Patton's Army
Result:
Allied victory
Last German offensive of the war
Battle of Iwo Jima
Feb - March 1945
Major Combatants:
US vs Japan
Strategic Importance:
Small Island used to refuel ships and bombers to get closer to attacking Japan
"Most heavily defended spot on Earth"
70,000 US Marines attacked this tiny island held by 22,000 Japanese
Result:
Allied Victory
One Step closer to Japan
Battle of Berlin
April - May 1945
Major Combatants:
Germany vs Soviet Union
Soviets beat the US and Britain in the race to Berlin
Much of Berlin destroyed
Rather than surrender to the Soviets, Hitler commits suicide
Result:
Soviet victory
Unconditional surrender of Germany (VE-Day)
Battle of Okinawa
April - June 1945
Major Combatants:
US vs Japan
Japans last defensive outpost
Marines met fiercer opposition than they faced at Iwo Jima
Japanese chose to fight to the death/committed suicide over surrender
Result:
Allied victory
US now within striking distance of Japanese mainland
Bombing of Hiroshima
Aug 6, 1945
US releases an atomic bomb destroying the city of Hiroshima
3 days later, 2nd atomic bomb destroys Nagasaki
Result:
Japan surrenders (VJ-Day)
WWII ends
The Battle of Mr. Porcelli's Classroom
Main Combatants:
Mr. Porcelli
vs.
The Students
Mr. Porcelli uses nuclear "grade" weapons
Result: All students pass WWII test next week
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