WW2 1944 event timeline

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Royal Air Force bombs Berlin

20 January 1944

The Royal Air Force dropped 2,300 tonnes of bombs on Berlin.

Battle of Anzio, Italy

22 January 1944 - 5 June 1944

The Battle of Anzio ended with the fall of Rome.

Big Week - Bombing campaign of Germany

19 February 1944 - 26 February 1944

Allied bombers liberate German industrial cities.

Japan invades India

7 March 1944 - 8 May 1944

This was a battle around Imphal in India. Japanese end up retreating.

Liberation of Rome

5 June 1944

Rome falls to the Allies. Linked to the Battle of Anzio.

D-Day

6 June 1944

Victory to allies.

D-day was a horrible and dreadful day. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944. There was a total estimate of 12,000 casualties during the battle, for the allies, and between 4-9 thousand Nazi soldiers died.
 
Although the allies won a very crucial battle for the war, they lost so many soldiers, in such little time. As soon as the doors opened to the landing boats, soldiers where slaughtered with machine guns from the defense towers above the beach.
One man, Charles H. "Harry" Heinlein, a D-Day survivor told an American newspaper about his experience when the ramp came down…

"I just remember when the ramp came down, me and Joe came out, and my shoes went through a little bit of water, and I hit the sand. I heard a voice saying, 'Run like hell!' Maybe it was in my mind, I don't know. But I started running like hell.”
The actual battle wasn’t called D-DAY, Omaha beach,
was just apart of the Normandy landings,
which was all the way up the coast, D-Day was just used as day it started.
The battle was split into two waves. an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American and Canadian soldiers and a land/water landing of troops on the coast of France at 6:30.

Liberation of Paris

19 August 1944 - 25 August 1944

Battle of the Bulge

16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945

The Battle of the Bulge was a major battle launched by the Germans through the forests of Wallonia in Belgium and Luxembourg and France towards the end of World War II. Germany’s aim for this war was to divide the British and American allied line in half, capturing Antwerp. They then planned to surround and destroy four allied armies.

Germany managed to surprise the Allies by attacking them during a storm. Long story short, the Allies were too strong for the Germans and end up recovering the ground they lost and the German’s defeat was now in sight.

This was an important battle in the war because it was Germany's last real attempt to gain some ground which unfortunately for them failed.

Pacific

British and Indian troops recapture Maungdaw in Burma.

9 January 1944

US captures Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands

30 January 1944 - 7 February 1944

US planes destroy the Japanese base at Rabaul

20 february 1944

Rabaul is in Papua New Guinea or around there or something.

US Army captured Manus in the Admiralties islands

25 March 1944

This closes the ring of Allied bases that surrounded Rabaul, the major Japanese base.

Invasion of Saipan

15 june 1944

The invasion of Saipan on June 15th 1944, prompted the Japanese to send nine aircraft carriers into a battle with fifteen US aircraft carriers. The Japanese lost three carriers and most of their trained carrier pilots. The US captured Saipan and two near by islands, Guam and Tinian. They built large airfields on these islands and deployed B-29 bombers there to bomb Japanese cities. However, these B-29 attacks in 1944 were still rather ineffective. It wasn't until Febuary 1945 that Curtis LeMay stopped daylight high altitude attacks, and started low level night attacks, with napalm bombs.

Battle of the Philippine Sea (Great Marianas Turkey Shoot)

19 June 1944 - 20 June 1944

This was a naval battle that heavily weakened the Japanese. This happened in the invasion of the Mariana Islands. It was nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by American war pilots for the damage that was done to the Japanese. The difference between the two sides was that the Americans had skilled pilots that America had retained as opposed to the inexperience of Japanese pilots that were filling the boots of previous trained pilots.

Bombing raid on Japan

15 july 1944 - 16 july 1944

The first bombing raid on Japan since the Doolittle raid in 1942. Bombers based in Bengel, India, target the steel works at Yawata.

Invasion of Leyte in Central Philipines

25 October 1944 - 2 February 1945

The invasion of Leyte in the Central Philipines touches off the Battle of Leyte Gulf. That was the largest, most complex, naval battle of WWII. The Imperial Japanese Navy ceased to be an effective fighting force after this battle. The Japanese Army still found a way to send more troops to Leyte, and the battle lasted until 2/2/1945. Much of the Philipines wasn't liberated until 1945. Luzon wasn't invaded until January 9th, 1945