Adolf Hitler sent troops to seize oil fields, and capture Stalingrad, a major industrial center. Marks a battle in which Germans were being pushed back by Soviets
British, American, French, and Canadian troops fought their way onto a beach in Normandy. Allowed the Allies to weaken German defenses.
Hitler faced a war on two fronts, and attacked American defenses. Germany failed, as American forces pushed them back.
Millions of Allied troops charged on Berlin. Hitler committed suicide, the third Reich surrendered.
Allied forces intercepted Japanese messages about attack on Midway. Turned the tide of the war in the Pacific.
Japanese defeated by American troops in four days. This removed Japan as a fighting force in the war in the Pacific.
Bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more than 190,000 people killed combined. Put an end to the war very quickly.
Japan surrenders to General Douglas MacArthur on September 2. This marked the end of World War II.