An overview of the second world war

After three months of bloody fighting, the U.

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In response, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, at am and at pm, respectively. After consolidating the beachhead, the Allies broke out, routing the German defenders and sweeping across France.

According to Japanese war plans, the Battle of Midway was to be a secret attack on the U. In just two hours, 21 U. Holland and Belgium fell by the end of May; Paris was taken two weeks later.

The British had stopped the seemingly unstoppable German advance.

World war 2 summary

On Guadalcanal, one of the southern Solomon Islands, the Allies also had success against Japanese forces in a series of battles from August to February , helping turn the tide further in the Pacific. In response, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, at am and at pm, respectively. Germany and the other Axis Powers promptly declared war on the United States. On Utah beach 23, troops were landed, with casualties, and most of the 4, American casualties that day occurred at Omaha beach, where the landing was significantly more difficult to achieve, meeting with fierce German resistance. Of those who had died, 15 million were soldiers, 20 million were Russian civilians, six million were Jews and over four million were Poles. Soviet troops soon advanced into Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania, while Hitler gathered his forces to drive the Americans and British back from Germany in the Battle of the Bulge December January , the last major German offensive of the war. The Germans counter-attacked in February and the fighting saw the destruction of the medieval monastery at Monte Cassino after Allied bombing. After a long string of Japanese victories, the U. Estonia was taken within months, and Budapest was under siege by the end of the year. The Polish military, on the other hand, consisted mostly of foot soldiers with old weapons even some using lances and cavalry. Preparations for war continued in earnest, but there were few signs of conflict, and civilians who had been evacuated from London in the first months drifted back into the city. Top Events of Three years of mounting international tension - encompassing the Spanish Civil War, the Anschluss union of Germany and Austria, Hitler's occupation of the Sudetenland and the invasion of Czechoslovakia - culminated in the German invasion of Poland on 1 September. This tactic was meant to avoid the stalemate that caused trench warfare in WWI. Nevertheless, Cherbourg was liberated by the end of June. The Blitz continues against Britain's major cities.

In August 23, when tripartite negotiations about a military alliance between France, the United Kingdom and Soviet Union stalled, [63] the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Germany.

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Understanding the Key Events of World War II