End of WWII

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End of WWII

  1. 1. The End of the War: Europe June 1944 - May 1945
  2. 2. Germany’s initial success: June 1944 <ul><li>Even though the Allies had gained the Normandy beaches they could not get inland </li></ul><ul><li>The Germans had dug into the hedgerows </li></ul>
  3. 4. Allied Break Through: July 1944
  4. 6. Germans fight a Strategic Withdrawal <ul><li>Great Britain and US attack from the West </li></ul><ul><li>Soviets attack and press in from the East </li></ul>
  5. 8. Some German Army Officers try to take control <ul><li>July 20 th 1944 Assassination attempt on Hitler fails </li></ul><ul><li>Many high ranking army officers are implicated and killed. </li></ul>
  6. 9. Paris is Liberated <ul><li>US troops enter Paris on August 25, 1944 </li></ul>
  7. 11. A Chain of Allied Victories <ul><li>Sept 1944 Belgium is liberated </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 1944 Allies enter Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Allies believe the War will be over by Christmas </li></ul>
  8. 15. The Battle of the Bulge <ul><li>Allies underestimated Germany’s ability to still fight </li></ul><ul><li>Dec 16-27 1944 Germans smash through allied lines in the Ardennes Forest but are soon out gunned and out of gas! </li></ul>
  9. 17. Germans Retreat into Germany <ul><li>January – February 1945 the German Army retreats into Germany itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Allies follow </li></ul>
  10. 18. The Eastern Juggernaut <ul><li>Soviet Red Army presses in from the east and enters Poland in Jan 1945. </li></ul><ul><li>By March 1945 the Red Army enters Germany itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Revenge is taken. </li></ul>
  11. 19. The End in sight <ul><li>April 21, 1945 the Red Army reaches Berlin and encircles the city </li></ul><ul><li>April 25 US and Soviet forces meet up </li></ul><ul><li>April 30 Hitler commits suicide </li></ul><ul><li>May 7 th 1945 Germany surrenders unconditionally to the Allies </li></ul>
  12. 21. May 8 th 1945 VE DAY

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