Timeline Of Important Battles During WWII

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The Battle Of Britain (Operation Sealion)

August 12, 1940 - September 17, 1940

Britain's outnumbered Royal Air Force defeats Germany's Luftwaffe, thus stopping Germany from invading Britain. It is regarded as a turning point in WWII as it gave the US a European foothold in the War, and turn the tables on Germany.

Germany's Invasion Of Russia (Operation Bourassa)

June 22 1941 - December 5 1941

Germany invades Russia to gain more dominance of Europe, however they are pushed back by Russia due to the unexpected vastness of the country and the fact that the German army wasn't able to deal with the cold Russian climate. this caused Germany to lose an ally and opened up another front to defend.

Japan Attacks Pearl Harbour

December 7 1941 7:51 am - December 7 1941 8:00 pm

The Japanese attack the United States At Peal Harbour in the Hawaiian Islands, causing the United States to enter the war with the Allies.

Japanese Attack On Hong Kong

December 8, 1941 - December 25, 1941

Small Canadian force fights for the first time, when less than 2000 troops were sent to defend Hong Kong against the Japanese. even though there was no chance of victory, Canadians bravely defended the city for 18 days. over 550 Canadians didn't return, and almost 500 were wounded in one of the most brutal battles in World War II

The Battle Of Midway

June 4 1942 - June 7 1942

In an attempt to destroy the US navy for good, the Japanese attack Midway Island in Hawaii, but are driven back by the US air-force, and retreat in what is the last attack on the US by Japan, and the USA started to attack Japan.

First Battle Of El Alamein

July 1 1942 - July 27 1942

Raid On Dieppe

August 19 1942 5:00 am - August 19 1942 10:50 am

In an effort to test the Amphibious landing techniques a, 6000 soldiers (5000 of them Canadian) were sent to take Dieppe. it was a total failure, as only 1600 Canadians returned alive, making it the most deadly battle for Canada in WWI. however, the lessons learned were used to win the battle of D Day.

The Battle of Stalingrad

23 August 1942 - 2 February 1943

The German 6 Army attacks the Russian City of Stalingrad, and the Russians send their army to defend it, causing one of the most brutal battles ever, with casualty estimates reaching up to a million losses on each side, putting Hitler on the retreat, and Russia on the offensive, putting Germany in the same situation as WWII

Second Battle Of El Alamein

23 October 1942 - 11 November 1942

The Allies In El Alamein in Egypt Push the last of the Germans out of North Africa, allowing for the attacks on Italy and Scilly

Battle of Ortona (In Italy)

December 20 1943 - December 28 1943

The Battle of Ortona Was a small, yet extremely brutal battle between the German's 1st parachute division and the Canadian's 1st infantry division on the streets of Ortona. it was so brutal, with some soldiers fist fighting with others on the street, that it was dubbed "Little Stalingrad" the Germans retreated after only 8 days.

D-Day Invasion Of Europe (Operation Overlord)

June 6, 1944 6:30 - August 30, 1944

On D Day, the allies take the German outpost of Normandy, opening the way for the allies to send in more troops, and push Hitler back eastward and eventually claim France back. it also decimated Hitler's forces and caused Germany to surrender on May 7 1945

Hiroshima

August 6 1945 8:15 - August 6 1945 8:16

The first atomic bomb, named "little brother" was dropped on Hiroshima by the USA. the devastation and destruction killed up between 90 000 and 166 000 people and destroyed the city. it put a new face on the idea of war and scared everyone.

Nagasaki

9 august 1945 9:15 - 9 august 1945 9:16

When Japan didn't surrender after Hiroshima, the USA dropped another bomb on Nagasaki, killing 60 000 to 80 000 people. japan surrendered September 2nd, 1945.