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Major Battles of WWII

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Transcript of Major Battles of WWII

The Major Battles
of World War II

The Invasion of Poland
September 1, 1939
(Think beginning!)
German troops invaded Poland and conducted a "Blitzkrieg" (lightning attack), setting off war in Europe.
The Soviets also invaded.
The Battle of Dunkirk
a.k.a. The Fall of France
May-June 1940
(Run away!)
Battle of Britain
July 1940 - May 1941
(Who Won?)
Battle of Midway
June 4-7 1942
(Codes)
Battle of Stalingrad
Winter 1942-1943
(Cold Winter!)
Battle at Normandy
(D-Day)
June 6, 1944
A blitzkrieg helped Germany take control of the land to the west and all the way to the coast of France
What happened?
For nearly a year the Germans bombed London, beginning the Battle of Britain. They were unable to defeat the British.
What happened?
Japan planned to surprise the US at Midway but by cracking intelligence codes the US was prepared! This marked a turning point for the war in the Pacific.
What happened?
Germany invaded the USSR but were not ready to face the freezing cold winter. The Soviet Union defeats Germany, marking a turning point for the war in Eastern Europe.
What happened?
American and other Allied troops landed in Normandy, France to begin the freeing of Western Europe.
Amphibious = land AND sea!
Dwight D. Eisenhower
leads the Allied troops!
Battle of the Bulge
Winter 1944-1945
(Think End!)
What happened?
The last German attack on the Western front. It was the largest and costliest battle fought by the American forces.
Hiroshima & Nagasaki
August 1945
(Think End!)
Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941
(Then what?)
What happened?
The Japanese conducted a surprise attack in order to devastate our Pacific naval fleet. Afterwards, Germany declared war on the United States.
Involved: Germany, Soviet Union, Poland
Location: Poland
What Happened?
Who won?
Germany & USSR
Involved:
Germany,
France,
Great Britain
Location:
France
What Happened?
Involved:
Germany,
Great Britain
Location:
London
Involved:
Japan
& The US
Location:
Hawaii
Who won?
Japan
Who won?
Britain
Involved:
Japan
& the US
Location:
Midway Island
(In the middle of
the Pacific!)
Who won? The United States!
Involved:
Germany
& the USSR
Location:
Stalingrad
(Russia)
"My hands are done for, and have been ever since December. The little finger on my left hand is missing- and whats worse- the three middle fingers of my right one are frozen..."
An anonymous German soldier trapped by the Red Army
The Germans could not handle the bitter cold like the Soviets could...
Who won?
The Soviet Union
Involved:
United States,
The Allied Powers,
Germany
Location:
The beaches of
Northern France
Who won?
The Allied Forces
Involved:
Germany,
United States
& Allied Powers
Location:
Lands between
France & Germany
Who won?
The Allied Powers
Involved:
United States
& Japan
Location:
Japan
What happened?
The United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, forcing the Japanese to surrender- WWII ends.
Who won?
The United States
(WWII ends)
Who won?
Germany
Many ships were destroyed by the Japanese
kamikaze pilots who were willing to sacrifice their
lives for their country.
*A Turning Point =
a change in who is leading or "winning" the war
*This was when Hitler broke his pact with Stalin!
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