WW2: European Theatre

  • Germany Invades Poland

    Germany Invades Poland
    WHO: Germany invades Poland, and also with help of later on rivals Soviet Union. WHAT: Germany and Soviet Union takes over Poland in amount of fifteen days. Where: Poland WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: Gave axis power Germany and Soviet Union strong position in the invasion of eastern Europe.
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    Battle of Britain

    WHO: The German Air Force led constant bombing and air combat over the skys of Britain. WHAT: Number of British air forces and German planes shoot down in dog fights against eachother and left Hitler with his first defeat. WHERE: Over the skys over Great Britain and off the coast. WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: After taking a beating from German bombers the british air force pulled off a victory and gave courage to the allied offensive.
  • Lend-Lease Act Signed

    Lend-Lease Act Signed
    WHO: President Franklin Roosevelt signed this document giving vast amounts of war goods to allied powers. WHAT: Gave arms and war goods to allied powers from the United States. WHERE: United States gave out arms to Great Britain, France, Soviet Union, France and other allied nations. It was signed in Washington D.C. WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: Helped allied nations in defeating the axis is World War 2 and also postponed our country into the war.
  • Germany declares war on the United States

    Germany declares war on the United States
    WHO: Nazi Germany and its friend Italy declares war on the United States. WHAT: The declaration of war has been declared by Nazi Germany and Italy on the United States. That same day America declares war on the axis powers. WHERE: Adolf Hitler declared war on America in Berlin, as well as Benito Mussolini in Italy. WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: It was the official entering of America into World War 2 and the battles yet to come featuring both sides, axis and allied.
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    Battle of Stalingrad

    WHO: Germany attacked to the west attacking the heart of the Soviet Union, the city Stalingrad.
    WHAT: German and Romanian armies attacked the Soviet Union but it was unsuccesful because the russians cut off there supply lines leaving no supplys for Hitler's army.
    WHERE: Most of the battle was faught on the ground and in the air of USSR, Stalingrad.
    WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: With the allied USSR victory it put the Nazi Germans into defense mode and crushed its Eastern Europe Campaign.
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    Battle of El Alamein

    WHO: This battle consisted of Great Britain, Australia vs Germany and Italy. WHAT: The allied powers were suffering in the North African Campaign. They knew victory was the only way to win this battle and they finally won. WHERE: In the deserts of El Alamein, Egypt. WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT: With this allied win, it turned the tide in the North African Campaign. Kicking out the axis powers in Africa.
  • Allies land in Italy

    Allies land in Italy
    WHO: Main allied forces; United States, United Kingdom and Canadain troops land in Italy. WHAT: The allied force thought Italy would be a good starting point to gain a position in the war because of the weak Italian army that resided there along with a number of german forces. WHERE: Most of the landing was on the beaches of Salerno. The first attack was the invasion of Sicily which was succesful. WHY IT IS SIGNIFICANT: Was the main start to the allies liberating Europe.
  • D-Day Invasion

    D-Day Invasion
    WHO: United States, Great Britain, Canadian and French forces attack German forces.
    WHAT: The first massive allied assualt attack in Eastern Europe. Over 160,000 troops landing on the beaches and airborne attacks. Over 5000 naval ships dropped off supplies, tanks, jeeps, soldiers, and weapons.
    WHERE: Airborne assualts and a massive landing on the beaches of Normandy, France.
    WHY WAS IS SIGNIFICANT: First offensive of the allies to cripple the defense of Nazi Germany in the eastern front.
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    Battle of the Buldge

    WHO: Hitler ordered his remaining panzer divisions to attack allied defensive in eastern Europe. WHAT: Suprise attack with german panzers left a buldge in the american defensive. WHERE: Wallonia, Belgium most of the fighting in the dense forests that surround the area. WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: It was the last chance Germany had to make a buldge in the allied defensive but failed due to fuel shortages for Hitler's massive tank divisions.
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    Yalta Conference

    WHO: Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt had a allied power conference.
    WHAT: The allied powers, also called the "Big Three" meet to discuss who would take the new territories of Germany and post-war plans. Stalin wanted to take the capitol Berlin and wanted Hitlers body.
    WHERE: The "Big Three" decided to meet at a Black Sea resort of Yalta.
    WHY IT IS SIGNIFICANT: The main leaders talked about what they would do with conquered Germany and after World War 2.
  • Franklin Roosevelt dies

    Franklin Roosevelt dies
    WHO: The president of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt passed away. WHAT: On April 12, 1945 at the age of 63 president Roosevelt dies in Warm Springs, Georgia by a stroke. WHERE: He was vacationing in Warm Springs, Georgia. WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT: The president who helped us get out of the economic depression and win the battle in the pacific and atlantic died just before the informal surrender of the Nazi's.
  • Hitler commits suicide

    Hitler commits suicide
    WHO: Adolf Hitler commits suicide. WHAT: Along with his wife Eva, Hitler shoots himself in the temple and takes a cyanide capsule at the same time. Also Eva took a capsule along with. WHERE: Commited suicide in his Führerbunker in Berlin. WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: Marked the death of evil leader Adolf Hitler and demise of Nazi Germany.
  • Germany surrenders (VE day)

    Germany surrenders (VE day)
    WHO: Allies unconditional state that Nazi Germany surrenders. WHAT: Nazi Germany surrenders to the allied powers in Europe. WHERE: In the Channel Islands. WHY WAS IT SIGNIFICANT: World War 2 ends with the defeat of the biggest axis power army.