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Major Battles of WWII
Transcript of Major Battles of WWII
of World War II
The Invasion of Poland
September 1, 1939
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
Battle of Britain
July 1940 - May 1941
Battle of Midway
June 4-7 1942
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle at Normandy
June 6, 1944
A blitzkrieg helped Germany take control of the land to the west and all the way to the coast of France
For nearly a year the Germans bombed London, beginning the Battle of Britain. They were unable to defeat the British.
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.
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.
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
The last German attack on the Western front. It was the largest and costliest battle fought by the American forces.
Hiroshima & Nagasaki
December 7, 1941
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
Germany & USSR
& The US
& the US
(In the middle of
Who won? The United States!
& the USSR
"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...
The Soviet Union
The Allied Powers,
The beaches of
The Allied Forces
& Allied Powers
France & Germany
The Allied Powers
The United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, forcing the Japanese to surrender- WWII ends.
The United States
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!