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1940-1945. World War I didn’t settle differences Harsh terms of Treaty of Versailles Especially on Germany Economic instability following First World.

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2 World War I didn’t settle differences Harsh terms of Treaty of Versailles Especially on Germany Economic instability following First World War Italy and Germany look to Fascist dictators Solve Problems Return to Glory

3 Italy, Germany, Japan formed Axis Powers by 1940 Italy conquered Ethiopia (1936) Hitler repeatedly violated Treaty of Versailles ( ) Germany annexed Austria (1938) Conquered Czechoslovakia and Poland (1939) Hitler also broke Munich and Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pacts Japan invaded Manchuria (1932) China (1937) French Indochina (1941) Bombed U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor (1941) Wake Island (1941)

4 Great Britain France (until 1940) United States (1941) Soviet Union (1943) China (1943) Italy joins in 1943 Many smaller nations

5 Improvements made to: Tanks Machine guns/rifles Artillery Submarines Battleships & Destroyers Aircraft used more effectively: German Luftwaffe British RAF U.S. Army Air Corps Air Craft Carriers By 1942, dominated naval warfare

6 German word for “Lightning War” Fast moving tanks (Panzers) and ground forces Mixed with air cover Luftwaffe Effectively used against: Czechoslovakia Poland Holland Denmark Norway Belgium France Soviet Union

7 Great Britain: Prime Minister Winston Churchill United States: President Franklin D. Roosevelt Free-French Forces: General Charles De Gaulle Soviet Union: Premier Joseph Stalin Nationalist China: General Chiang Kai-chek Germany: Adolf Hitler Italy: Benito Mussolini Japan: Emperor Hirohito & Prime Minister Hideki Tojo

8 April: Germany invades Denmark and Norway May: Germany invades Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg September: U.S. begins military draft Begins building air and naval fleet Begins aiding Allies Japan joins Axis (Tripartite Pact): Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis formed November: President Franklin Roosevelt elected to third term

9 Invades in June of 1940 German Blitzkrieg goes around French Maginot Line Along French-German border Invades through Belgium Splits Allied lines in two Half of Allied forces fled to Dunkirk Churchill has them rescued Rest of Allied forces surrender in weeks Including Paris Germans install French Vichy government Lasts until Allied liberation in August of 1944

10 Lasts from August through September 1940 Fought in skies over Britain Original plan: Luftwaffe bombs RAF spitfires on the ground Then bomb RAF radar towers Then bomb major British cities Force British to surrender without invasion Luftwaffe gets bored Begins bombing London and major cities Causes much damage & loss of life Winston Churchill wills his people to “never surrender” British RAF holds off Luftwaffe Forces Hitler to abandon plans of invasion Moral victory for British Bombing would continue intermittently through out war

11 Lasts from British and U.S. Navy (Atlantic Fleet) square off against German fleet Used battleships, destroyers, submarines Aircraft Carriers make an appearance later in war Allied forces eventually prevail

12 March: Lend-Lease Act passed U.S. would lend used ships and planes to British Helped U.S. economy August: Atlantic Charter proposed and endorsed by Churchill and Roosevelt Led to creation of United Nations in 1945

13 Blitzkrieg begins early on the morning of June 22, 1941 Called Operation Barbarossa Violated the non-aggression pact September: German forces had reached the gates of Leningrad in the north Smolensk in the center and Dnepropetrovsk in the south German units reached the outskirts of Moscow in early December

14 Yet after months of campaigning, the German army was exhausted Germans expected a rapid Soviet collapse Planners failed to equip their troops for winter warfare Speedy German advance had caused the forces to outrun their supply lines Like Napoleon, Hitler’s forces got trapped in a Russian Winter In December, the Soviet Union launched a major counterattack against the center of the front Driving the Germans back from Moscow in chaos

15 December 7, 1941 Plan was to knock out U.S. Pacific Fleet Would allow Japan to expand into Central and South Pacific First wave attacked at 7AM Japanese sunk USS Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia and other battleships Bombed planes at nearby Hickam Field Third wave wasn’t launched because Japanese felt element of surprise was gone Failed to hit oil tanks on Ford’s Island Failed to hit U.S. aircraft carriers: Lexington, Hornet, Enterprise Were at sea U.S. and Great Britain declares war on Japan on December 8 Germany declare war on U.S. on December 9 Japanese also captured Guam on that December 7th

16 August 21-February 2, 1943: Battle of Stalingrad Hitler’s forces try and take the strategic city on the Volga River Then would march south into the oil fields of the Middle East Germans have success in early months Soviets get reinforcements By February, Soviets force German army to retreat 1 st large-scale defeat for Germans in Europe October 23-November 5: Battle of El-Alamein Rommel’s Afrika Korps tries to take Egypt and Suez Canal from British British under General Bernard Montgomery hold off Germans and secure Egypt November 8: Operation Torch--U.S. forces land in North Africa North African Campaign begins U.S. troops to aid British in liberating Morocco, Algiers, Tunisia

17 January 7-April 9: Battle of Bataan American-Filipino forces hold on for months against Japanese invasion FDR demands that Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur evacuate to Australia Allied troops finally surrender in April Prisoners are taken on Bataan Death March through the jungle May 6: Corregidor falls to Japanese Island fortress in Manila Bay Japanese occupy Philippines

18 April 18: Doolittle Raid U.S. bombers attack Japanese home island of Honshu Showed Japanese were vulnerable to air attack Retaliation for Pearl Harbor May 7-8: Battle of Coral Sea--indecisive 1 st battle completely fought by aircraft carriers Japanese sink more ships than Allies But Allies force Japanese to abandon plan to invade Australia June 3-6: Battle of Midway U.S. learns of Japanese plan to invade Midway Island Sink 4 Japanese carriers Turning point of war for U.S. Navy June 6-7: Allies begin campaign to retake Aleutians from Japanese August 21: Battle of Guadalcanal begins Allied strategy of “island hopping” begins Japanese had taken island to build airbase there for Australian invasion Japanese hold on for six months against Allied invasion One of bloodiest battles of Pacific theatre Allies take island on February 9, 1943 Begins Allies Solomon Island Campaign

19 February 20-22: Battle of Kasserine Pass Rommel’s Afrika Korps defeats Allied forces May 12-25: Casablanca Conference Churchill and Roosevelt meet Discuss Sicilian and Italian Campaigns May 13: Allied victory in Tunisia End of the North African Campaign July 9-August 17: Allied invasion of Sicily Allies liberate from Axis control September 3: Allies land at Reggio di Calabria Italian campaign begins Southern Italy surrenders to Allies; Northern Italy remains in Axis control September 9: 1 st wave lands at Paestum September 10: Allies land at Salerno September 12-14: 2 nd wave lands at Paestum October 1: Allies land at Naples October 13: Italy declares war on Germany November 28-December 1: Allied leaders meet at Tehran Conference Joseph Stalin meets with Churchill and Roosevelt for the first time Stalin demanded a Second Front be opened Discuss Allied invasion of western Europe

20 November 21-24: Battles of Tarawa and Makin atolls Tarawa one of the bloodiest conflicts U.S. Marines invasion helps liberate island Allies liberate Gilbert Islands

21 January 22: Allied invasion of Anzio Beach February 14-March 31: Battle of Anzio Allies pinned down on beach for weeks Finally force Axis retreat May 11-18: Battle of Monte Cassino Germans take refuge in ancient monastery Allies bomb and cause major destruction June 4: Allies liberate Rome June 6: D-Day Allied invasion of Normandy, France Operation Overlord Landings at Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold, Juno beaches Allies finally come ashore and take coastal region and towns Takes them several months to “breakout” from coast

22 August 15: Allied invasion of Southern France Operation Anvil/Dragoon Allies liberate France and march toward German border August 25: Allies liberate Paris December 16-January 31, 1945: Battle of the Bulge Germans launch massive offense against Allied lines in Belgium Near town of Bastogne Cause a “bulge” in Allied lines Allies get reinforcements Within weeks, drive Germans back Force German retreat Last German offensive of war

23 October 23-26: Battle of Leyte Gulf Last major naval encounter in Pacific Victory allows Allies to land in Philippines Campaign would last until May 8, 1945

24 February 4-11: Allies leaders meet at Yalta Last time Roosevelt would meet with Churchill and Stalin Discuss plan for end of the European war Getting the Soviets involved in Pacific war February-March: Allies liberate Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands March: Allies cross the Rhine River April 12: President Roosevelt dies Harry S. Truman becomes president April 29: Italian Campaign ends in Allied victory

25 April 30: Hitler commits suicide May 2: Berlin surrenders May 4: Germany surrenders May 8: V-E Day July 17-August 2: Allied leaders meet at Potsdam Conference Truman and British Prime Minister Atlee meet Joseph Stalin for 1 st time Discuss ending Post-war Europe and war in Pacific

26 February 19-March 16: Allies take Iwo Jima March: Allies begin massive firebombing of Japanese cities March 3: Allies liberate Manila April 1-June 21: Allies take Okinawa May 8: Philippines Campaign ends August 1: Soviet Union declares war on Japan Invades Manchuria and Korea August 6: U.S. drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima August 9: U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki August 15: Japan surrenders V-J Day September 2: Treaty ending war in the Pacific signed on board USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay


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