WWII 1939-1945. Blitzkrieg Unleashed. GermanPlane: Jonker 87 Stuka Dive Bomber. Aftermath of Bombing Raid. Polish Defense. The War Begins. Early Axis Victories: 1939. Germany invades Poland: falls in less than 6 weeks
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GermanPlane: Jonker 87 Stuka Dive Bomber
Aftermath of Bombing Raid
Early spring Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Netherlands (the lowlands) defeated…sitzkrieg over
France defeated in 6 weeks
British troops escape at Dunkirk; nearly defeated
Japan successfully attacks French Indochina.Early Axis Victories: 1940
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”
“when the attack on Russia starts the world will hold its breath.”
“We have only to kick in the front door and the whole rotten Russian edifice will come tumbling down.” (Hitler)
Label when each event occurred
Put the events in order
Copy the correct order on a separate sheet of
paper or onto your notes
Write a paragraph explaining the significance of this quote
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Socialist.
- Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)
What problems can you see fighting in this harsh environment?
Lack of vision
Equipment breaks down
Difficult to breath
Traveling through desert sands is slowWhat problems can you see fighting in this environment?
General Bernard Montgomery (Monty)Victory at El Alamein: May 1943
Allied win opened up possibility of attacking Italy
Italy gives up and imprisons Mussolini; no longer in power, but German troops move in to fight.
Fierce battle at Anzio
Rome taken in June of 44’.The Allies Strike Back: 1943
Agreed that the U.S. and Britain should attack across the English Channel
USSR wanted immediate attack to help split German forces.
Soviets felt they were being forced to bear excessive burden vs. Germany
US and UK waited to build up forces.
USSR promises to help versus Japan after Germany’s defeatedThe Allies Strike Back: 1943
Churchill, (U.K.) FDR, (U.S.A) Stalin, (U.S.S.R)
Americans turn tide of Pacific fighting:
Admiral Chester Nimitz: Head of Pacific Fleet
(Part of the island hopping)
Agree to concept of United Nations
Agree to use atomic bomb
Issue vague warning to Japan to surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction”Potsdam Conference: 1945
Little Boy (L) and Fat Man (R)
VJ Day: August 15th 1945
Day that Japan Surrenders