Second World War

Second World War

The great battles of history

The decisive clashes of World War II: the Battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, Midway, El-Alamein, Dieppe, Stalingrad, Normandy, Ardennes, Berlin ...

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The battle of stalingrad, which pitted the German and Soviet armies between August 1942 and January 1943, is considered a turning point of the second world war. Become a symbol, this battle is one of the most significant episodes in the military history of the 20th century. This titanic fight in which the belligerents engaged considerable means ended with a decisive victory for the Soviets which stopped the advance of the German armies in the Soviet Union. A stinging setback for the Axis powers, it was a precious psychological victory for the Allies.

The battle of the coral sea, which took place May 4-8, 1942 between Anglo-American and Japanese forces, was a major naval and air engagement of World War II. The Japanese, who already controlled much of the Pacific region from Peral Harbor, planned to conquer Australia and positioned themselves to prepare for this invasion. Beforehand, the Japanese offensive was launched on May 4 in the Coral Sea. This battle by aircraft carriers was a turning point in the course of the war because it hampered the Japanese advance towards the south.

The battle of midway was a decisive carrier battle in World War II, which gave the United States maritime supremacy over Japan in the Pacific Ocean. This battle took place from June 3-7, 1942 near the Midway Islands, northwest of the Hawaiian Islands. Since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the bombardment of the British fleet in Singapore, the Japanese have gained absolute mastery of the seas in the Pacific. A conquest of Midway Atoll by the Japanese, the first step towards the Hawaiian Islands, would have meant the total withdrawal of American forces from the central Pacific ...

TheOperation Barbarossa was a plan of attack drawn up by Hitler in December 1940, with the aim of invading the Soviet Union, and the implementation of which began on June 22, 1941. The failure of the Luftwaffe against England the The previous year led the Nazi dictator to abandon his invasion plan in October 1940, but led him to consider another conquest, even more important, that of the USSR. On the success or failure of Barbarossa will depend on the outcome of the world conflict that began in September 1939.

The battle of the bulge, from December 16, 1944 to February 1, 1945, was the last major German offensive against the Allied armies advancing towards Germany at the end of World War II. After the Normandy landings in June 1944, Allied forces invaded France but were blocked in September along the German border. On December 16, taking advantage of weather conditions that did not allow Allied planes to fly, Hitler launched a surprise counteroffensive across the Ardennes.

Within the historiography of the German-Soviet side of the Second World War, the battle of Kursk occupies a unique place. A gigantic battle of equipment, marked by an armor clash on an unprecedented scale, it represents one of those turning points of World War II. In Kursk the Wehrmacht ofHitlerThe year 1943 played out. Success would have enabled her to shorten the front she was holding and thus free up reserves while undermining still uncertain Soviet morale. With its victory, the Soviet Union proved to the whole world that the German armored weapon (Panzerwaffe) was not invincible. There, she acquired the serenity necessary for the great liberating offensives of 1944.

The battle of normandy, which took place from June to September 1944, is a defining battle of World War II. She starts on June 6, 1944 by the massive landing of Allied soldiers on the Normandy beaches. Although very deadly on some beaches, the landing was a success. The surprise passed, the German army reinforced by armored divisions will nevertheless oppose fierce resistance on Norman soil until September.

July 1940: Thebattle of britain will succeed the Battle of France, lost a month earlier. France is occupied while in London General De Gaulle tries to mobilize resistance. Hitler, free in the east thanks to the German-Soviet Pact, now faces only England. But it was that of Winston Churchill and not of Chamberlain that he decided to bring to his knees by an unprecedented bombardment, which would reveal British courage and make the Royal Air Force a legendary place.

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