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War in Europe
German Domination Germany, Italy, JapanGermany, Italy, Japan Blitzkrieg lighting warBlitzkrieg lighting war Central Europe and France are under German control by mid-1940.Central Europe and France are under German control by mid LebensraumLebensraum
Allies Strategy for Victory Weaken Germany through Air Campaign.Weaken Germany through Air Campaign. Attack the soft underbelly of Europe.Attack the soft underbelly of Europe. Remove Hitler.Remove Hitler. Unconditional Surrender.Unconditional Surrender. Beat the Soviets to Germany.Beat the Soviets to Germany.
Three Front War Eastern Front – Soviets Southern Front – Soft Underbelly Western Front - D-Day
Mobilization – Getting there is half the fun
Operation Torch Soft Underbelly First U.S contact with Germany. November 8, 1942
Defeating the Desert Fox German Armored (Tank) Commander – Erwin Rommel.German Armored (Tank) Commander – Erwin Rommel. Led the Germans to early victories.Led the Germans to early victories. By early 1943 the Germans are driven from Africa.By early 1943 the Germans are driven from Africa. Erwin Rommel
The Push Through Italy July of 1943 – Italian Campaign BeginsJuly of 1943 – Italian Campaign Begins Sicily is taken by mid-August 1943Sicily is taken by mid-August 1943 Mainland Italy invaded in September 1943 to Winter 1945Mainland Italy invaded in September 1943 to Winter 1945 Push to the Gothic Line – Spring 1945Push to the Gothic Line – Spring ,000 allies die in the Italian campaign320,000 allies die in the Italian campaign
10 th Mountain Division Mountaineering Troops. Skiers, Climbers, adventurers Many with ties to the Wausau Area Trained in Colorado Cooper Mountain, CO
10 th Mountain Division Camp Hale, CO
Eastern Front - Soviets June 22, 1941 – German Military strategy Operation Barbarossa begins.June 22, 1941 – German Military strategy Operation Barbarossa begins. German Army scores early victories.German Army scores early victories. Germans lay siege to Leningrad and Moscow. – Snow Falls; 60 degrees below zero!Germans lay siege to Leningrad and Moscow. – Snow Falls; 60 degrees below zero! Germans move too fast for reinforcements.Germans move too fast for reinforcements. The tide of the Eastern Front changes……The tide of the Eastern Front changes……
Soviets Move Towards Berlin Battle of Stalingrad – turning point for the Soviets.Battle of Stalingrad – turning point for the Soviets. January of 1944 the Soviet offensive begins.January of 1944 the Soviet offensive begins. By June 1944 Soviets are at the border of Poland.*By June 1944 Soviets are at the border of Poland.* Soviets enter Germany in late winter of 1945.Soviets enter Germany in late winter of * D-Day June 6, 1944
Soviets Push on to Berlin Soviet soldiers raise flag over Reichstag – May,
Defeating the Germans Through the Air
Air Campaign British and Americans try to weaken the Germans – Summer of 1942 to Spring 1945.British and Americans try to weaken the Germans – Summer of 1942 to Spring Round the clock missions.Round the clock missions. Extremely dangerous and deadly.Extremely dangerous and deadly. 4,750 B-17s (1/3 of the total) were lost in combat.4,750 B-17s (1/3 of the total) were lost in combat. 88,119 U.S. Airmen killed in the war.88,119 U.S. Airmen killed in the war.
Air Campaign Success 1.Kept the Nazi Luftwaffe (airplanes) off the eastern front from attacking Russian tanks 2.Slowed war supply production 3.Reduced the number of qualified pilots for the German Luftwaffe.