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World War II European Theater (June ‘40 – May ‘41) Hitler’s Dilemma, Baltics, SeaLion, Tripartite Pact, Balkans, Greece, Crete … North Africa (’40-’42)

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2 World War II European Theater (June ‘40 – May ‘41) Hitler’s Dilemma, Baltics, SeaLion, Tripartite Pact, Balkans, Greece, Crete … North Africa (’40-’42)

3 Battle of Britain July – October 1940 Germany attempts to gain air superiority in order to invade Britain The RAF defeated the Luftwaffe and the invasion (SeaLion) was called off Tripartite Pact: Axis Powers 27 Sep ’40: Germany, Italy, Japan Nov 1940: Hungary, Romania Mar 1941: Bulgaria October 1940 Italy invades Greece; repulsed Britain sends forces to defend Greece April 1941 Germany invades Greece and Yugoslavia British forces evacuated to Crete 20 – 31 May 1941 Germany seizes Crete with Germany’s largest and last airborne assault Europe: June 1941 The eve of Operation Barbarossa Fall 1939 USSR begins pressuring Baltic States June 1940 USSR invades Baltic States Aug 1940 USSR formally annexes Baltic States June 1940 Germany Victorious June 1940 – Oct 1940 Operation SeaLion Planned invasion of Britain Air superiority of British Channel required The Blitz October 1940 … Virtually continuous night bombing of England Hitler’s Strategic Dilema: Invade/Conquer England Turn East Something Else? ? ?

4 World War II North Africa (Sep ‘40 – Oct ‘42)

5 North African Campaign Sep 1940 to Oct 1942 Operation Compass Operation Crusader Operation Lightfoot


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