8 Operation Torch “Soft Underbelly” First U.S contact with Germany. November 8, 1942
9 Defeating the Desert Fox German Armored (Tank) Commander – Erwin Rommel.Led the Germans to early victories.By early 1943 the Germans are driven from Africa.Erwin Rommel
10 The Push Through Italy July of 1943 – Italian Campaign Begins Sicily is taken by mid-August 1943Mainland Italy invaded in September 1943 to Winter 1945Push to the Gothic Line – Spring 1945320,000 allies die in the Italian campaign
15 Eastern Front - Soviets June 22, 1941 – German Military strategy Operation Barbarossa begins.German Army scores early victories.Germans lay siege to Leningrad and Moscow. – Snow Falls; 60 degrees below zero!Germans move too fast for reinforcements.The tide of the Eastern Front changes……
16 Soviets Move Towards Berlin Battle of Stalingrad – turning point for the Soviets.January of 1944 the Soviet offensive begins.By June 1944 Soviets are at the border of Poland.*Soviets enter Germany in late winter of 1945.* D-Day June 6, 1944
17 Soviets Push on to Berlin Soviet soldiers raise flag over Reichstag – May,
19 Air CampaignBritish and American’s try to weaken the Germans – Summer of 1942 to Spring 1945.Round the clock missions.Extremely dangerous and deadly.4,750 B-17’s (1/3 of the total) were lost in combat.88,119 U.S. Airmen killed in the war.
20 Air Campaign SuccessKept the Nazi Luftwaffe (airplanes) off the eastern front from attacking Russian tanksSlowed war supply productionReduced the number of qualified pilots for the German Luftwaffe.