2 The Tide Turns on Two Fronts Once the US had joined the war the leaders of the three most powerful Allies discussed their war strategyWinston Churchill (Britain) Franklin D Roosevelt (USA), and Joseph Stalin (Russia) agreed they should attack Hitler on two fronts
3 The Tide Turns on Two Fronts Churchill wanted Britain and the US to strike first at N. Africa and southern EuropeThe strategy angered Stalin. He wanted them to open the second front in France.All the US and Britain could offer Russia in the way of help was supplies.Nevertheless, the Allies began to turn the tide of war both in the Mediterranean and on the Eastern Front.
4 The North African Campaign Nazi general Erwin Rommel had established a strong hold in N. AfricaThe British launched a massive attack on the Egyptian village of El Alamein and eventually pushed Rommel backThe US then attacked from the other side and together the Allies defeated Rommel’s Afrika Korps.
5 The Battle for Stalingrad German armies also met their match in the Soviet UnionHitler sent his army to seize the oil fields in the Caucasus Mountains.The army was also to capture Stalingrad (now Volgograd), a major industrial center on the Volga River.
6 The Battle for Stalingrad The German air force went on nightly bombing raids that set much of the city ablazeStalin had already told his commanders to defend the city named after him to the deathBy November, Germans controlled 90 percent of the ruined city. Then another Russian winter set in.
7 The Battle for Stalingrad Soviet troops outside the city closed in around the city, they trapped the Germans inside and cut off their supplies.Hitler refused to retreat, saying the city was “to be held at all costs.”On February 2, 1943, some 90,000 frostbitten, half-starved German troops surrendered to the Soviets.
8 The Battle for Stalingrad The survivors were all that remained of an army of 330,000.Stalingrad’s defense had cost the Soviets over one million soldiers and city was 99 percent destroyed.However, the Germans were now on the defensive, with the Soviets pushing them steadily westward.
9 The Invasion of ItalyAllied forces landed on Sicily and captured it from Italian and German troopsThe conquest of Sicily toppled Mussolini from power and King Victor Emmanuel III had the dictator arrested.Italy surrendered. But, the Germans seized control of northern Italy and put Mussolini back in charge.
10 The Invasion of ItalyFighting in Italy, however, continued until Germany fell in May 1945.On April 27, 1945, Italian resistance fighters ambushed some German trucks near the Italian city of Milan.Inside one of the trucks, they found Mussolini disguised as a German soldier.They shot him the next day and later hung his body in downtown Milan for all to see.
11 Assignment1. Why do you think the Allies strategy to attack in the Mediterranean first angered Stalin?2. Describe how the Allies gained control of N. Africa and defeated Erwin Rommel’s forces.3. What role did the Russian winter play in the battle of Stalingrad?4. Compare the consequences of the fighting in Stalingrad for both the Soviets and Germans.5. Describe the Invasion of Italy and explain how Mussolini finally was removed from power.