WWII battles timeline

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    Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway was fought from June 4 to June 7 between the United States and the Empire of Japan. The battle resulted in a decisive American victory. The Battle of Midway is often times considered the most important battle in the Pacific theater of war. After the battle, the United States was able to go primarily on the offense, while the Japanese were forced to mainly defend the Pacific islands. Chester Nimitz was the commander in charge of America's attack.
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    First battle of El Alamein

    The first battle of El Alemein was fought on the coast of Egypt between Axis forces Germany, and Italy against Allied forces of Britain, British India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. This battle was part of the Western desert campaign, and in the end it was a stalemate but it halted a second advance by the Axis force into Egypt. This battle was important becasue the Axis forces suffered huge losses and the allied forces stoped a further advance of the Axis forces into Egypt.
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    The Battle of Stalingrad is considered by many historians to have been the turning point in World War Two in Europe. The battle at Stalingrad bled the German army dry in Russia and after this defeat, the Germany Army was in full retreat.This battle was fought in the winter of 42 and 43. This battle was important because Germany lost and they lost the ability to go on the offensive, this battle was also a turning point in WWII. The soviets achieved an important victory.
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    Second battle of El Alamein

    The Second Battle of El Alamein took place over 20 days from 23 October – 11 November 1942 near the Egyptian coastal city of El Alamein, and the Allies' victory marked a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. It followed the First Battle of El Alamein, which had stalled the Axis advance into Egypt, after which, in August 1942, Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery had taken command of the British Eighth Army from General Claude Auchinleck. Turning point.
  • D-Day invasion

    June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers killed or wounded.
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    Battle of the Bulge

    Early on the misty winter morning of 16 December 1944, over 200,000 German troops and nearly 1,000 tanks launched Adolf Hitler's last bid to reverse the ebb in his fortunes that had begun when Allied troops landed in France on D-day. Seeking to drive to the English Channel coast and split the Allied armies as they had done in May 1940, the Germans struck in the Ardennes Forest defended by four worn out american divisions. This battle stopped Hitler's last effort to go on the offensive.
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    Iwo Jima

    The Battle of Iwo Jima took place in February 1945. The capture of Iwo Jima was part of a three-point plan. The tiny island of Iwo Jima had taken America over one month to take. The Marines lost 6,891 men killed and 18,070 wounded.What the battle did show the Americans was how far the Japanese would go to defend their country a decision that was to influence the use of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This battle was important because the US captured major airfields.
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    the Okinawa campaign was a very hard and blood shed campaign, Japan navy and army mounted mass air attacks by planes on one-way "suicide" missions; the Japanese also sent their last big battleship, the Yamato, on a similar mission with a few escorts. The "special attack" kamikaze tactics the Japanese used on these missions,were so determined that Allied forces perhaps faced their most difficult Pacific campaign. This campaign was important becasue the US captured Okinawa and used it as a airbase