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World War II European Theater of Operations The Ground War.

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1 World War II European Theater of Operations The Ground War

2 Components of the War in Europe The Naval War The Air War The Ground War

3 Four Broad Fronts  Eastern front – Russia vs. Germany (June 1941 – April 1945)  North Africa – U.S. & Britain vs. Germany & Italy (Nov – May 1943)  Operation Torch – Morocco  Operation Husky – Sicily  Italy - U.S. & Britain vs. Germany & Italy (July 1943 – April 1945)  Operation Avalanche – Salerno  Operation Shingle – Anzio/Rome  Operation Dragoon – South France  Western front - U.S. & Britain vs. Germany (June 1944 – April 1945)

4 The Ground War

5 North Africa and Southern Europe

6 The Ground War Operation Torch November 1942

7 The Ground War Casablanca Conference 14 – 24 January 1943 Franklin Roosevelt Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Henri Giraud Joseph Stalin – invited but declines to attend  Meeting was arraigned to plan Allied European strategy  All agreed to accept nothing but Unconditional Surrender

8 The Ground War Operation Husky

9 The Ground War 3 September 1943 Operation Baytown 9 September 1943 Operation Slapstick Operation Avalanche

10 The Ground War Downfall of Italy  24 July – Mussolini receives a vote of no confidence  25 July – Mussolini dismissed by king Victor Emmanuel III  25 July – Mussolini arrested immediately after being dismissed as he leaves the palace – jailed by Italians  25 July - Pietro Badoglio replaces Mussolini assigned the task of extricating Italy from the War  8 September – Italy surrender to Britain and the US  12 September – Germans rescue Mussolini

11 The Ground War Operation Shingle January 1944

12 Key Tactical Issue - How to Proceed?  Montgomery wanted narrow front  Eisenhower favored a broad front  Key issue was logistics

13 The Ground War Invading Fortress Europe

14 June 6, 1944 D-Day

15 The Ground War Operation Dragoon August 1944

16 The Western Front

17 The Ground War Operation Market-Garden Fall 1944

18 The Ground War Battle of the Bulge

19 The Ground War Grinding it Out

20 The Ground War Berlin Falls to the Soviets

21 The Death of a President 12 April 1945

22 VE Day 8 May 1945


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