Presentation on theme: " Germans begin invasions of Russian cities Leningrad and Moscow beginning June 1941. Summer 1942: Germans invade Stalingrad, a major industrial city."— Presentation transcript:
Germans begin invasions of Russian cities Leningrad and Moscow beginning June Summer 1942: Germans invade Stalingrad, a major industrial city in southern Russia (access to oil fields) First major turning point for the Allies
August 1942: Germans invade Stalingrad with air raids and ground troops Hitler’s Goals: 1. Capture Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus 2. Destroy Stalingrad (a major industrial center for the Soviets)
By November 1942, Germans control 9/10 of the city Soviet officers consider abandoning city and destroying factories Stalin ordered Soviet troops to defend the city at any cost
All is nearly lost for the Soviets in Stalingrad UNTIL Winter sets in Winter allows Soviets time to regroup and acquire fresh tanks to mount a counterattack. Soviets closed around Stalingrad, trapping German troops and cutting off their supplies
Germans’ situation becomes hopeless Soviets lost a total of 1,100,000 soldiers (more than all American deaths in the entire war) Soviet army begins westward movement toward Germany
While the Battle of Stalingrad raged, Stalin pressures Britain and America to open a ‘second front’ in Western Europe Purpose: Why would Stalin want this?
An invasion of Axis-controlled North Africa commanded by General Dwight D. Eisenhower In November 1942, ~107,000 Allied troops landed in North Africa By May 1943, Axis troops surrendered
Summer 1943: Allies capture Sicily Mussolini is forced to resign But Hitler is determined to stop the allied attack in Italy before they could get to Germany ‘Bloody Anzio’ – major battle near Rome 30,000 Axis casualties 25,000 Allied casualties
Allies faced strong resistance in Italy Italy not freed until 1945 (near end of war)
Read pp. 569 – 574 in your textbook In a two-paragraph response, describe two military turning points for the Allies (U.S., Britain, and Soviet Russia) in WWII during Explain how each military victory contributed to the Allied cause. (you may want to consider the territory that was won, access to resources, importance of industry during times of war, etc.)
Under Eisenhower’s direction, the Allies gathered a force of nearly 3 million British, American, and Canadian troops Army is stocked with a massive amount of military supplies Allies prepare for a massive invasion of Normandy
Sets up a ‘Phantom Army’ Sends radio message to ‘Army’ in codes he knew the Germans could read Orders ‘Army’ to attack Calais (strongest section of Hitler’s ‘Atlantic Wall’)
Why would it make sense for the Allies to invade at Calais?