WWII Turning Points

  • Battle of the Atlantic

    If the U.S. had not been able to help Britain in the form of materials, ships, food i.e. the Lend-Lease Act, the Brits would of fallen to the Germans, or at the very least been useless to the war effort. And if the Brits would have fallen, there would have been no African Campaign. In that case, the Germans would have been fighting one on one with the Russians, and based on the initial performance of Germany, it is almost certain they would of crushed Russia.
  • Battle of Britain

    This was probably one of the most important turning points in the war. If Hitler had defeated Britain the US and Russia would have lost a valuable ally and it would have allowed Germany to concentrate on the USSR. It also allowed D-Day and El Alamein to happen.
  • D-Day (operation overlord)

    Most of Europe was occupied by Germans at the time of the attack. The United States had to wait until last minute to be able to attack. We sent paratroopers to be able to get in behind the germans. It took place of the beaches of Normandy.
  • Battle of Moscow (operation Typhoon)

    The failure of Germany to capture Moscow and Leningrad when they first invaded the Soviet Union cost them dearly
  • Attack of Pearl Harbor

    This is when Japan attack pearl harbor in hawaii. They sent many,. many planes to the pacific to bomb all the ships in the harbor. The most signifigant ship that was bombed was the USS Arizona.
  • Battle of Midway

    This hurt the japanese morale and boosted american morale The true turning point of World War II was the Battle of Midway. Without the United States, WWII would have taken MUCH longer and many more lives would have been lost. Pearl Harbor was attacked. Americans wanted revenge, and if the US did not make revenge against the Japanese, the American public would not be in favor of going to Europe. When the Japanese Naval fleet was crushed, it allowed the US to win the war in the Pacific and it allo
  • Operation Cobra

    In Europe, on the Western Front, you could argue for Operation Cobra, since that was when the Western Allies broke out and removed the Germans from France and Belgium and put them onto the defensive. Operation Cobra was the code name given to the attack launched as part of the Normandy Invasion
  • Stalingrad

    The first major German loss on the land. Soviet victory here rallied the Allies and proved that the Wehrmacht was definitely not invincible.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Where the German forces in the West were broken. The Bulge was the climax of the campaign in the West.
  • Atomic Bomb

    The development of the atomic bomb. All other battles and heroic deeds would all have been for naught if Nazi Germany had used their several year head start in the development of the atomic bomb. The war was won at Los Alamos, NM. It stopped Japan. The bombing undermined the Japanese will to fight on.