World War II Battles-Europe


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Brief list of battles in the European theater during World War II. Compiled by Mr. Rooney's 8th grade social studies class.

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World War II Battles-Europe

  1. 1. European Theater
  2. 2. <ul><li>On September 1, 1949, one million German soldiers invaded Poland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hitler used the “blitzkrieg” technique to attack. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Another name for “blitzkrieg” is “lightning war.” This technique requires speed and surprise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This was the start of WWII </li></ul>
  3. 3. Chris C., Tommy D., Peter
  4. 4. <ul><li>The battle of Britain spanned from July 10th to October 31st. </li></ul><ul><li>The Luftwaffe or the German Air force made the first attack on British ships. </li></ul><ul><li>Britain, with their new radar technology intercepted the bombers before they could strike. </li></ul><ul><li>This was the beginning of the Battle of Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>It was an all out air fight </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The Germans continued to bomb Britain so Winton Churchill gave an inspiring speech telling Britain not to give up. </li></ul><ul><li>The actual “dog fighting” ended on September 15 but the Germans continued to bomb London </li></ul>
  6. 6. By, Jack, Cody, Michael B.
  7. 7. <ul><li>The northern German army was at the outskirts of St. Petersburg by September 8, 1941. </li></ul><ul><li>Stalingrad was a good city for industry. </li></ul><ul><li>110 tons of food were needed to keep the citizens alive at the city. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Most of the people had to take one-tenth of their normal calorie intake. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the sewage system was destroyed. </li></ul><ul><li>Stalin was another reason why they had trouble winning the battle. He was an irrational leader and had all his troops at the city. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Americans landed on shore in French North Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. army began a ground campaign against the Axis. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 4 million would fight in Western Europe in the largest battle ever taken place. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Kevin C., Holly A., Jiana C.
  11. 11. <ul><li>Dambuster Raid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bombing Dams to damage West Germany in the Ruhr Valley </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Battle Kursk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Russian victory after Stalingrad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Battle of Bismarck Sea </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Battle trying to get to Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Battle of Horaniu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Battle trying to get to Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allies Bomb Rome </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Cause leading Italy to Surrender </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Italy Surrenders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Axis lost major Ally </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Mary, Kieran, Michael G., Cameron
  13. 13. <ul><li>June 6, 1944 </li></ul><ul><li>Allied planes bombed German coastal defenses </li></ul><ul><li>Allies triumph </li></ul><ul><li>Allies captured five French beaches </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Ardennes offensive was what the Germans called the Battle of the Bulge </li></ul><ul><li>Germans slaughtered unaware American troops and shot all captured prisoners </li></ul><ul><li>Most heroic battle of World War II </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 Americans died in the battle alone </li></ul><ul><li>160,000 Germans died </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>On December 16 th , 1944, 30,000 soldiers were in the Ardennes </li></ul><ul><li>They had been ordered by Hitler to penetrate the Allies, in hopes of pushing them back. </li></ul><ul><li>On January, 16 th , 1945, a month after the Germans attacked and after many soldiers died on the battlefield, neither side had gained anything. </li></ul><ul><li>After the battle, Stalin agreed to join in the war. </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>This presentation was done by the Class of 2008. Perhaps future classes will add to it… </li></ul>