Presentation on theme: "World War II Hitler’s Lightning War 1.) The German Attack"— Presentation transcript:
1 World War II Hitler’s Lightning War 1.) The German Attack 2.) The Italian Strike3.) USSR’s aggression and then defense4.) And U.S. saves the day again!!!
2 Germany Sparks a New War in Europe Germany’s Lightning AttackSeptember 1, 1939 — Hitlers invasion of PolandBritain, France declare war on Germany, but Poland falls quickly (How so quickly)Blitzkrieg — lightning war — Germany’s new military strategyPlanes, tanks, infantry used to surprise enemy and quickly conquer
3 Germany’s Lightning Attack The Soviets Make Their MoveSoviets capture Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, resistance met in FinlandFinland is invaded by the Soviet Union in what is called the “Winter War.”Finland surrenders in March, 1940
5 Germany’s Lightning Attack The Phony WarFrench, British mobilize along French border, wait for German attackMany months of no action — the “phony war”In April 1940 Hitler attacks and quickly captures Denmark and Norway
6 German infantry attacking through a burning Norwegian village.
8 The Fall of France Further Gains May 1940 — Germany conquers Netherlands, Belgium, LuxembourgSoon after, German army reaches French coastRescue at DunkirkGerman forces trap British, French on coast of DunkirkBritish Navy and civilians take ships across the English Channel to rescue soldiersJune 1940 — France surrenders to Germany
10 The Battle of BritainGermany plans invasion of Britain; begins with air attacks in 1940British use air force, radar, code-breaking to resist GermanyBattle of Britain — Air war over Britain that lasted until May 1941 (first air battle)Stunned by British resistance, Hitler calls off attacksBritain was lastcountry to resistGermany
12 Battle of the AtlanticRemember German U-boat domination in WWI?1939 – 1945 (Jan – July 1943 were decisive)German U-Boats were sinking unprotected U.S. and other Allies' merchant shipsAllies began using convoys to protect shipsThe Allies also used a sonar system to detect German U-BoatsThe Germans were very successful in the beginning, but by mid , the Allies had the upper hand
13 "The Battle of the Atlantic was the only thing that really frightened me" - Winston Churchill.
14 The Mediterranean and the Eastern Front Axis Forces Attack North Africa (Italy)Mussolini and Italy at first neutralMussolini declares war on France and Britain after German victorySeptember 1940 — Mussolini attacks British in North Africa
15 The Mediterranean and the Eastern Front Britain Strikes BackDecember 1940 — British attack and drive Italians backErwin Rommel (Desert Fox), German general, battles British in North AfricaIn 1942, Rommel first retreats then succeeds against British
16 The Mediterranean and the Eastern Front The War in the BalkansHitler plans to invade Soviet Union; moves to take Balkan countriesHitler invades Yugoslavia and Greece in April 1941; both fall quicklyOperation Marita began on April 6, 1941, with German troops invading Greece through Bulgaria
17 The Battle of Greece is generally regarded as a continuation of the Greco-Italian War, which began when Italian troops invaded Greece on October 28, Within weeks the Italians were driven out of Greece and Greek forces pushed on to occupy much of southern Albania. In March 1941, a major Italian counterattack failed, and Germany was forced to come to the aid of its ally. Operation Marita began on April 6, 1941, with German troops invading Greece through Bulgaria in an effort to secure its southern flank. The combined Greek and British Commonwealth forces fought back with great tenacity, but were vastly outnumbered and outgunned, and finally collapsed.
18 Soviet and German invasions, annexations, and spheres of influence in Central and eastern Europe
19 Hitler Invades the Soviet Union Germany invades an unprepared Soviet Union in June 1941Soviet troops burn land as they retreat; Germans move into RussiaGermans stopped at Leningrad, forced to undertake long siegeGermans almost capture Moscow, but forced to pull back
20 Battle of Stalingrad (June 1941 – January 31, 1943) Germans violated nonaggression pact with Soviet Union and attackedHitler hoped to capture Soviet oil fieldsGermans nearly won (controlled 9/10 of the city)Winter of 1943 hit
21 Battle of Stalingrad cont… Hitler forced Germans to stay putSoviets used weather to their advantage and wonSoviets lost 1,100,000 people in this battleTurning point in WWIIFrom that point on, Soviet army began to move westward towards Germany
23 The United States Aids Its Allies American PolicyMost Americans want to avoid warRoosevelt fears that if allies fall, U.S. would have to fightHe hopes to strengthen allies so they can resist GermanyLend-Lease Act—U.S. loans weapons to countries fighting Germany
24 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease bill to give aid to Britain and China (1941)
25 The United States Aids Its Allies Roosevelt and Churchill meet, issue statement of principlesAtlantic Charter—supports free trade, right to form own government
26 Normandy Invasion (D-Day) June 6, 1944During this time, Soviet Union was pushing into Poland and Allies were pushing North in ItalyGenerals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Patton influential in leading attack3 million ally troops to attack
30 Normandy Invasion cont. D – DayØ 60 mile stretch of beachØ 156,000 troopsØ 4,000 landing craftØ 600 warshipsØ 11,000 planesØ Largest land-sea-air operation in historyØ Omaha beach known as one of the mostbrutal areas
31 The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, England claims a total of 2,500 Allied troops died, while German forces suffered between 4,000 and 9,000 total casualties on D-Day.The Heritage Foundation in the U.S. claims 4,900 U.S. dead on D-DayThe U.S. Army Center of Military History cites a total casualty figure for U.S. forces at 6,036. This number combines dead and wounded in the D-Day battlesJohn Keegan, American Historian and Author believes that 2,500 Americans died along with 3,000 British and Canadian troops on D-DayBy the end of the of the entire Normandy Campaign, nearly 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or missing.
33 Normandy Invasion cont. The battle continues W/in 1 month, a million more troops September 1944, France was freed fromNazi control
34 Battle of the Bulge December 16, 1944 German tanks broke through American lines (80 mile front)Fought in Belgium - Germany was trying to capture AntwerpVery brutal war - one of the most extensive of U.S. military (120 American GIs captured and mowed down by SS machine guns and pistols)
36 Battle of the Bulge Cont. Germans were winning in the beginning120,000 Germans died (also lost 600 tanks and guns and 1,600 planes – leading to defeat))80,000 Americans diedAmericans won, but were close to losing
40 April 12, 1945At the beginning of his 4th Term, President Franklin D. Roosevelt passes awayThe U.S. went through a major grieving periodHarry S. Truman, as Vice-President, takes the role as President
45 PotsdamJuly – August 1945Truman, (Churchill and then Clement Atlee) and Stalin met in Potsdam, GermanyDrew up a blueprint to disarm Germany and eliminate the Nazi regime
46 Potsdam ContinuedDivided Germany into 4 sections (occupied by France, Britain, U.S. and Soviet Union)Berlin to be divided up in East (or Soviet Germany)Set up the Nuremberg Trials to persecute Nazi leadersJapan must “unconditionally surrender”
51 Nuremberg Trials International tribunal court tried Nazi officials Over 23 nations tried Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg, Germany12 of the 22 defendants were sentenced to death200 other officials were found guilty, but give lesser sentences
52 Battle of the Coral SeaPrior to this battle, the Japanese were winning every battle and taking over the PacificMay U.S. and Australia stopped Japan from invadingJapan won the actual battle, but the allies were able to stop Japan invasion for the first timeU.S. was beginning to use the Island Hopping technique to weaken Japan’s forces
56 Battle of MidwayJune 1942Admiral Chester Nimitz intercepted Japanese codeU.S. launched surprise attack on Japan at Pacific island called MidwayU.S. was successful in the Battle of Midway
57 Battle of MidwayThe Japanese lost 4 carriers, a heavy cruiser, 3 destroyers, some 275 planes, at least 4,800 men, and suffered heavy damage among the remaining vessels of their fleet.American losses included 1 carrier, the Yorktown, a destroyer, about 150 planes, and 307 men
66 Manhattan Project200,000 Japanese died due to the Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and NagasakiHiroshimaAugust 6, 1945“Little Boy”In 43 seconds, the city collapsed to dustNagasakiAugust 9, 1945“Fat Man”Leveled half of the city
71 U.S. Occupation of JapanSimilar trials held for Japanese war criminals7 out of 28 leaders were found guilty and sentenced to death (including Tojo)U.S. occupied Japan for 6 years under the direction of General Douglas MacArthurCalled for a New Constitution (w/ free elections and women suffrage)Introduced a free market economy