World War II: Information for a Soldiers Life Project

  • Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain
    significance- The Battle of Britain is important because it was one of the pivotal points of the war. Much like Stalingrad and Midway, it effectively halted Hitler's advance in the west and denied Hitler total victory in Europe, forcing him into a dilemma which he hoped he would never have to encounter again: a war on 2 fronts.
  • Air Battle of Britain

    Summary- The Battle of Britain was the air battle between the Germans and the British over Great Britain's airspace. This was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces. The point of this attack was to sustain air superiority over the Royal Air Force.
  • Battle of the Atlantic

    Battle of the Atlantic
    Significance- The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II, running from 1939 to the defeat of Germany in 1945.
  • Battle of the Atlantic

    Summary- This battle was one of the longest military campaign's in all of World War Two. This war ran from 1939 until 1945 when the defeat of Germany happened.
  • Battle of Dunkirk

    Battle of Dunkirk
    Significance- A total of 338,226 people, including about 95,000 French troops, had been rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk. All those troops lived to fight another day and helped to win the war against Germany.
  • battle of Dunkirk

    battle of Dunkirk
    significance- The Battle for Dunkirk was significant because it allowed the escape of the majority of the British Expeditionary Force and many french soldiers back to England.
  • Land Battle of Dunkirk

    Summary- More than 300,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk and the surrounding beaches. The Battle of Dunkirk was the evacuation and defense of the British Alied forces that were separated from the main body of the French defenses,which was blamed on the German advance.
  • Air battle of Pearl Harbor

    Air battle of Pearl Harbor
    significance- Pearl Harbor was the first occasion when a foreign country attacked the United States on American soil. It brought the United States into World War 2.
  • The attack on Pearl Harbor

    Summary- The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military assault conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) against the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor. This attack is what lead the United States' entry into World War Two.
  • Battle of the Philippines

    Battle of the Philippines
    significance- Filipino-American resistance against the Japanese in the prepared defensive positions of Bataan and Corregidor lasted only three months, even though they outnumbered the invading forces.
  • Land Battle of Guam

    Summary- This battle was an engagement during the Pacific War in World War Two. The American garrison was defeated by Japanese forces, which led to an occupation until the Second Battle of Guam arose in 1944.
  • Land Battle of the Philippines

    This battle was an invasion of the Philippines by Japan and the defense of the islands by Filipino and US forces.
  • Air battle of Tokyo

    Air battle of Tokyo
    Significance- Over 330 B-29s dropped some 2000 tonnes of fire-bombs over Tokyo. Summary- The bombing of Tokyo was conducted as a part of the air raids on Japan by the US Army Air Forces during the Pacific campaigns of World War Two. Raids continued until the day that Japan capitulated.
  • Air Battle of Tokyo

    Summary- The bombing of Tokyo was conducted as a part of the air raids on Japan by the US Army Air Forces during the Pacific campaigns of World War Two. Raids continued until the day that Japan capitulated.
  • Battle of the Coral Sea

    Battle of the Coral Sea
    Significance- a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. The battle was the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other.4
  • Air battle of the Coral Sea

    Air battle of the Coral Sea
    significance- The first major military engagement in the war in the Pacific that the Americans and their allies did not lose. It was really a draw, but the Allies had been losing everything else so it seemed like a win. It slowed the Japanese in their attempt to cut Australia off from Allied shipping. If they had managed this, the US would not have had a staging area from which to start to attack towards Japan.
  • Naval Battle of the Coral Sea

    Summary- The Battle of the Coral Sea was a large naval battle in the Pacific Theatre of World War Two between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval air forces from the US and Australia. It forced the Japanese to call off their attack on New Guinea.
  • Air Battle of the Coral Sea

    Summary- The Battle of the Coral Sea was a World War Two naval and air arrangement in which the US fleet turned back a Japanese invasion force that was heading for New Guinea. At the end of this, there was a clash with Fletcher's forces.
  • Battle of Midway Island4

    Battle of Midway Island4
    Significance- Midway is considered the turning point of the War in the Pacific. Americans had successfully cracked a Japanese encryption detailing the assault force prior to the battle. The battle proved the U.S. navy could stand up to the might of the Japanese fleets. This battle not only inflicted serious physical damage on the Japanese forces in the area, it also lowered morale.
  • Air battle of Midway

    Air battle of Midway
    significance- The Battle of Midway stopped Japanese advancement.
  • Naval Battle of Midway Island

    Summary- The Battle of Midway was when Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. After this, so much damage was done to the Japanese fleet that it was irreparable. This was Japan's first naval defeat since 1863.
  • Air Battle of Midway

    Summary- During the Battle of Midway the US defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Japanese plan was to make the US aircraft carriers fall into a trap. The US was able to find the date and location of the attack and prevent it completely. The (IJN) was defeated again.
  • Battle of El Alamein

    Battle of El Alamein
    Significance- The Second Battle of el Alamein pushed all German forces out of North Africa and opened up the way for the Invasion of Sicily and Italy. It was a major defeat for Rommel's Desert Army.
  • Battle of El Alamein

    Battle of El Alamein
    summary- The battle of El Alamein is known as the astone of the decisive victories of World War Two. This battle was fought between Montgomery, who succeeded and dismissedAuchinleck and Rommel. The retreat of Afrika Korps and the German surrender in North Africa was led by the Allied victory at El Alamein
  • Land Battle of El Alamein

    Summary- The Battle of El Alamein is known as one of the decisive victories of World War Two. This battle was fought between Montgomery,who suceeded and dismissed Auchinleck, and Rommel. The retreat of the Afrika Korps and the German surrender in North Africa was lead by the Allied victory at El Alamein.
  • Battle of Guadalcanal

    Battle of Guadalcanal
    significance- The signifcance of the Battle of Guadalcanal for the Allied Forces and the home fronts of the nations that went against the Japanese was that they were making headway against the Japanese.
  • Land Battle of the Guadalcanal

    Summary- The Guadalcanal was a military campaign fought on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theatre of World War Two. This was the first big offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    Significance- . It was one of the most hard fought battles of the Second World War – there were high levels of civilian and military casualties, and much of the city was reduced to rubble during the battle.The ultimate outcome of the battle was a crushing victory for the Soviet Union, which turned the tide of the war in their favour.
  • Land Battle of Stalingrad

    Summary- The battle of Stalingrad basically had a negative effect on the German army and bled them dry in Russia. After this defeat the German Army was ready to revenge. This battle is considered a major turning point in Europe during World War Two.
  • OperationTorch

    OperationTorch
    Significance- Torch marked the introduction of American forces into the European theater against the Germans.
  • Land Battle of Operation Torch

    Summary- Operation Torch was tthe code-name for the Angelo-American invasion of North Africa. This war supposedly improved the naval control of the Mediterranean Sea and prepared for an invasion of Souther Europe.
  • Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

    Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
    Significance- It marks the last major classic naval battle.
  • Naval Battle of the Guadalcanal

    Summary- The Guadalcanal was an engagement in a series of naval battles between Allied and Imperial Japanese forces during the Guadalcanal campaign. This battle resulted in a victory for the US and it's allies.
  • Battle of Guam

    Battle of Guam
    significance- The Second Battle of Guam was the American capture of the Japanese held island of Guam, a United States territory during the Pacific campaign of World War II.
  • Battle of Dresden

    Battle of Dresden
    significance- The biggest problem with dealing with the matter of the bombing of Germany is that it is judged against modern morals and standards of behaviour. Civilians have suffered during war from the beginning of time. When the barbarians sacked Rome they slaughtered men women and children. When the French stormed Spanish towns during the peninsular war the citizens inside were killed and the towns raped and pillaged. The powers during the 19th century and the early 20th laid down ever more
  • Air Battle of Dresden

    Summary- The Bombing of Dresden was an attack on the city of Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony, that took place in the final months of the Second World War in the European Theatre.
  • Invasion of Palermo

    Summary- The invasion of Palermo was a huge World War Two campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis Powers. This launched the Italian Campaign.
  • Invasion of Palermo (Italy)

    Invasion of Palermo (Italy)
    Significance- . The first target chosen by the Allied commanders after concluding an amphibious operation against Vichy France would be impossible.
  • Monte Cassino

    Monte Cassino
    Significance-The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by the Germans and Italians during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome.
  • Land Battle of Monte Casino

    Summary- The Battle of Monte Casino was a very expensive series of four assaults, which was performed by the Allies against the Winter line in Italy. This was held by the Germans and Italians during the Italian campaign of World War Two. Eventually, the German defenders were driven from their positions, but the cost of this was not very cheap.
  • Battle of Anzio

    Battle of Anzio
    Significance- The campaign was part of the Italian Theater of World War II. The Battle of Anzio was the beachhead invasion of Italy from January the 22nd to May the 23rd 1944 by Allied troops during the Second World War.
  • Air Battle of Palermo/Anzio/Rome

    Summary- Land sufficient forces to circumvent the Germans along the Winter Line and set up an assault on Rome itself.
  • Naval battle of the Philippine Sea

    Naval battle of the Philippine Sea
    significance- The Battle Of Philippine Sea is important because approximately 400 Japanese Aircraft were shot down, and everybody in them died.
  • Invasion of Normandy

    Invasion of Normandy
    Significance- It was the largest amphibious assault ever taken place, and opened up a second front the Germans had to fight on, relieving pressure on the soviet forces on the eastern front .
  • Land Battle of Normandy

    Summary- This battle was the major invasion of five main beaches. The british landed on two of the beaches, two were attacked by the US, and one by the Canadians. The initial outcome was that German control of mainland Europe suffered it's first loss.
  • Air battle of Philippine Sea

    Air battle of Philippine Sea
    significance- The Battle of the Philippine Sea was a decisive naval battle of World War II which eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions.
  • Naval Battle of the Philippine Sea

    Summary- The Battle of the Phillipine Sea was a naval battle of World War Two which took away the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. Unexpectedly, the Imperial Japanese Navy had lost the bulk of their air carrier strength which would never recover as a result of this battle.
  • Air Battle of the Philippine Sea

    Summary- During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, American forces were attacking Saipan in the Marianas. The Japanese air arm was not doing well, their carriers only became useful as decoys.
  • Naval battle of Layte Straights

    Naval battle of Layte Straights
    significance- It was the first battle in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized kamikaze attacks. Generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history.
  • Air battle of Leyte Straights

    Air battle of Leyte Straights
    significance- launched the Philippines campaign of 1944–45 for the recapture and liberation of the entire Philippine Archipelago and to end almost three years of Japanese occupation.
  • Air Battle of Layte Striaghts

    Summary- The Battle of Layte Striaghts was fought between combined US and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy. This was the first time in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized attacks. By the time of the battle, Japan had fewer aircraft, which led to an unequal share of power between the two sides of the war.
  • Naval Battle of Layte Striaghts

    Summary- This battle was fought between combined US and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy. The IJN did not achieve their objective, they suffered many loses after this.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    Significance- It was the failed, last-ditch German offensive. The significance was that Hitler was planning to take Antwerp spliting the allied forces and was the last offense the Germans made.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Summary- Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive campaign launched through Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War Two in Europe. This battle was very costly in terms of casualties for the United States because the surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. This attack used up most of Germany's war-making resources.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Battle of Iwo Jima
    significance- Japan decided that defending at all costs would show the Americans an invasion of Japan was madness.
    America decided that the cost of an invasion would be far too high. They decided to drop the bomb instead.
  • Land Battle of Iwo Jima

    Summary- The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle in which the US Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    significance- Okinawa was the last key stronghold in the Pacific. It was the last island to capture before they could head north and invade the Japanese mainland.
  • Naval battle of Okinawa

    Naval battle of Okinawa
    significance- The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II.
  • Land Battle of Okinawa

    Summary- The Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War Two. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theatre during World War Two. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of fighting at Okinawa.
  • Naval Battle of Okinawa

    The Battle of Okinawa was a planned invasion of Japanese mainland. It resulted in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which caused Japan to surrender.