1. Under German Control at end of 1941. North Africa. Importance Control of Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, Straights of Gibraltar Access to oil fields in the Middle East Open a Second Front. Rommel had control of Libya- had the British on the defensive in Egypt.
Under German Control
at end of 1941
Italians! Have no fear, Rommel is here to help dominate Africa!
Rommel, a German officer, teamed up with the Italians to push back the British with his tanks.
Well this stinks for us British! We better call in General Montgomery to clear things up….
Rommel, AKA the Desert Fox. (Relation to Megan???)
The North Africa Campaign: The Battle of El Alamein, 1942
Gen. Ernst Rommel,The “Desert Fox”
Gen. Bernard LawMontgomery(“Monty”)
El Alamein – British (Montgomery) attack German’s (Rommel)
German’s are pushed out of Egypt to Libya and defeated in Jan. 1943
Turning Point – beginning of the end for Nazi in N. Africa
Why was Egypt so important ?
Allies “Pincer Strategy” – Advance from east and west to squeeze the Nazi’s out of North Africa
US (Eisenhower) from the west; British (Montgomery) from the east
May 1943 – Allies have all of N. Africa
What does this set up?
**Allied Control of Mediterranean Sea - Can launch attack on Southern Europe
The Italian Campaign [“Operation Torch”]:Europe’s “Soft Underbelly”
The Battle for Sicily:June, 1943
General George S. Patton
The Allies Liberate Rome:June 5, 1944
Gen. Eisenhower Gives the Orders for D-Day [“Operation Overlord”]
June 6, 1944
“all gave some, some gave all”
Sherman Tank made of Inflated Rubber
Normandy Landing (June 6, 1944)
Higgins Landing Crafts
The Liberation of Paris:August 25, 1944
De Gaulle in Triumph!
U. S. Troops in Paris, 1944
The Battle of the Bulge:Hitler’s Last Offensive
Dec. 16, 1944toJan. 28, 1945
May 1945 – Hitler kills himself
The End for Hitler and the Nazis
Video –End of Mussolini
Mussolini & His Mistress,Claretta Petacci Are Hung in Milan, 1945
US AND SOVIET SOLDIERS GREET EACH OTHER AT TORGAU, GERMANY IN APRIL OF 1945.
Hitler Commits Suicide April 30, 1945
Cyanide & Pistols
The Führer’s Bunker
Mr. & Mrs. Hitler
V-E Day (May 8, 1945)
End of War in Europe
V-E Day (May 8, 1945)