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  1. Battles Powerpoint

  2. Battle of Stalingrad • Germans running out of oil, so Hitler changed his tactics to 1. get oil & 2. capture Stalingrad • Marched to Stalingrad conquering house by house • Soviet launched a massive counterattack • Hitler refused to quit • Winter turned Stalingrad into a frozen wasteland

  3. “We just lay in our holes and froze, knowing that 24 hours and 48 hours later we should be shivering precisely as we were now” • NO hope of relief • 91,000 frost-bitten, lice-ridden, half-starved German troops surrendered. • Soviets lost 1,250,000-more than all American casualties for the entire war. • Major turning point in the war-Soviet Army began to move toward Germany

  4. Battle of Midway • Nimitz intercepted messages that Japan was heading to Midway. • From there planned on heading toward Hawaii to finish the job. • We were outnumbered four to one in ships and planes. • We prepared a surprise reception. • Sent out search planes to inflict maximum damage on the enemy

  5. Won because of sheer luck • 1. Luck that the US dive bombers found the carriers. • 2. Luck that the IJN carriers were loaded with fueling and arming airplanes; no better target could ever be imagined! • Japan lost four irreplaceable aircraft carriers • Avenged Pearl Harbor

  6. Battle of Guadalcanal • First land offensive of the Pacific War • 19,000 marines stormed island • Six months later when the Japanese left the island it was known as the “Island of Death” • It was simply Hell • Marked Japan’s first defeat on land

  7. D-Day • Largest amphibious attack • Took place on the Normandy coast in France • The invasion was code named Operation Overlord • Two million soldiers were stationed in Great Britain for the attack, as well as thousands of airplanes, ships and tanks • D-Day began June 6, 1944, with troops pouring onto the beaches, aircraft dropping bombs from above, and ships firing ammunition from the sea • Allied troops faced heavy resistance from German troops occupying the high ground above the beaches, and the first waves of invaders experienced high casualty rates • By fall 1944, the Allies had defeated the Germans at the coast, pushed inland, and liberated Paris and Belgium X

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  9. The Allied Victory in Europe • Yalta Conference: • Goal was to reach an agreement on what to do with the soon-to-be conquered Germany • FDR, Churchill and Stalin • Decided to divide the country into four sectors • The Americans, Soviets, British and France would each occupy (take control) of a sector • Soviet Union was given the largest part X