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World War II. European Theater of Operations The Ground War. Components of the War in Europe. The Naval War The Air War The Ground War. The Ground War. Four Broad Fronts Eastern front – Russia vs. Germany (June 1941 – April 1945)

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world war ii

World War II

European Theater of Operations

The Ground War

components of the war in europe
Components of the War in Europe

The Naval War

The Air War

The Ground War

the ground war
The Ground War
  • Four Broad Fronts
    • Eastern front – Russia vs. Germany (June 1941 – April 1945)
    • North Africa – U.S. & Britain vs. Germany & Italy (Nov. 1942 – May 1943)
      • Operation Torch – Morocco
      • Operation Husky – Sicily
    • Italy - U.S. & Britain vs. Germany & Italy (July 1943 – April 1945)
      • Operation Avalanche – Salerno
      • Operation Shingle – Anzio/Rome
      • Operation Dragoon – South France
    • Western front - U.S. & Britain vs. Germany (June 1944 – April 1945)
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The Ground War
  • North Africa and Southern Europe
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The Ground War
  • Operation Torch
  • November 1942
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The Ground War
  • Casablanca Conference
  • 14 – 24 January 1943
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Winston Churchill
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Henri Giraud
  • Joseph Stalin – invited but declines to attend
    • Meeting was arraigned to plan Allied European strategy
    • All agreed to accept nothing but Unconditional Surrender
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The Ground War
  • Operation Husky
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The Ground War
  • 3 September 1943
  • Operation Baytown
  • 9 September 1943
  • Operation Slapstick
  • Operation Avalanche
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The Ground War
  • Downfall of Italy
    • 24 July – Mussolini receives a vote of no confidence
    • 25 July – Mussolini dismissed by king Victor Emmanuel III
    • 25 July – Mussolini arrested immediately after being dismissed as he leaves the palace – jailed by Italians
    • 25 July - Pietro Badoglio replaces Mussolini assigned the task of extricating Italy from the War
    • 8 September – Italy surrender to Britain and the US
    • 12 September – Germans rescue Mussolini
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The Ground War
  • Operation Shingle
  • January 1944
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Key Tactical Issue - How to Proceed?
  • Montgomery wanted narrow front
  • Eisenhower favored a broad front
  • Key issue was logistics
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The Ground War
  • Invading Fortress Europe
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The Ground War
  • Operation Dragoon
  • August 1944
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The Ground War
  • Operation Market-Garden
  • Fall 1944
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The Ground War
  • Battle of the Bulge
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The Ground War
  • Grinding it Out
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The Ground War
  • Berlin Falls to the Soviets
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VE Day
  • 8 May 1945