3D-Day Invasion – “Operation Overlord” June 6, 1944 Opened up the planned second front in Europe …(something Stalin had been askingChurchill & Roosevelt to do since 1941)… and led to the liberation of France, Belgium, and much ofthe Netherlands from Nazi occupation.Dwight D. Eisenhower – American general wholed the D-Day invasion.General Eisenhower rallies paratroopers prior to the Normandy invasion.
6It Begins...June 5, 1944.The weather was extraordinarily bad and created adverse conditions for an amphibious landing.However, on this morning, Eisenhower was assured of a break in the bad weather. He replied "O.K. We'll go.“ The Allied armada set off for the Beaches of Normandy.Later that night, 882 airplanes, holding paratroopers and towing gliders, descended on Normandy.
7General Eisenhower Speaks Talking to his men, general Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the Normandy invasion, wished paratroopers luck before they dropped behind German lines in France on d-day.
8D-Day - June 6, 1944 Landing on Normandy Beach It was the largest sea borne invasion in history.
16Germans run out of gas and come to the end of the road! Battle of the Bulge – At first this German offensive forced Allies to retreat; Allied resistance then stopped Germans and resulted in heavy losses for Hitler.Germans run out of gas and come to the end of the road!T. Loessin; Akins High School
18NAZI Germany falls apart… the Reich that was supposed to last a thousand years…lasted only 12.With a torn picture of his Fuhrer beside his clenched fist, a dead Nazi general lies on the floor of city hall in Leipzig, Germany.He committed suicide rather than face U.S. Army troops who captured the city on April 19, 1945.T. Loessin; Akins High School
19What happened to Hitler? (an article from 2003)Otto Günsche, 86, Who Helped to Burn Hitler's Body, DiesBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: Oct. 14, BERLIN, Oct. 13 (AP) — Otto Günsche, an aide to Hitler who took part in burning the Nazi dictator's body to keep it from the advancing Soviets in the final days of World War II, died on Oct. 2 in Lohmar, near Bonn. He was 86.The cause of death was heart failure, said a son, Kai.An SS major and a member of Hitler's inner circle, Mr. Günsche spent the last hours with the Nazi leader in his Berlin bunker before Hitler and his companion, Eva Braun, committed suicide on April 30, 1945.Otto Günsche said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that Hitler personally ordered him to burn his body. When the day came, he and another aide poured gasoline on the bodies of Hitler and Braun, which were then set on fire.Mr. Günsche was captured by Red Army troops at the end of the war and spent 12 years in Soviet captivity. He lived quietly in West Germany after his release.
20V – E day = May 8, 1945 “Victory in Europe” While Londoners wave Union Jacks,"out of work" American bombersreturn to their English base on May 8, 1945.T. Loessin; Akins High School