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Summary of Events 1939-1945
The European Theater

GERMAN AGGRESSION

The war in Europe began in September 1939, when Germany, under Chancellor Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland. Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany but took little action over the following months. In 1940, Germany launched its next initiative by attacking Denmark and Norway, followed shortly thereafter by attacks on Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. All of these nations were conquered rapidly.

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Later in the summer of 1940, Germany launched a further attack on Britain, this time exclusively from the air. The Battle of Britain was Germany’s first military failure, as the German air force, the Luftwaffe, was never able to overcome Britain’s Royal Air Force.

GREECE AND NORTH AFRICA

As Hitler plotted his next steps, Italy, an ally of Germany, expanded the war even further by invading Greece and North Africa. The Greek campaign was a failure, and Germany was forced to come to Italy’s assistance in early 1941.

THE USSR

Later in 1941, Germany began its most ambitious action yet, by invading the Soviet Union. Although the Germans initially made swift progress and advanced deep into the Russian heartland, the invasion of the USSR would prove to be the downfall of Germany’s war effort. The country was just too big, and although Russia’s initial resistance was weak, the nation’s strength and determination, combined with its brutal winters, would eventually be more than the German army could overcome. In 1943, after the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, Germany was forced into a full-scale retreat. During the course of 1944, the Germans were slowly but steadily forced completely out of Soviet territory, after which the Russians pursued them across eastern Europe and into Germany itself in 1945.

THE NORMANDY INVASION

In June 1944, British and American forces launched the D-Day invasion, landing in German-occupied France via the coast of Normandy. Soon the German army was forced into retreat from that side as well. Thus, by early 1945, Allied forces were closing in on Germany from both east and west. The Soviets were the first to reach the German capital of Berlin, and Germany surrendered in May 1945, shortly after the suicide of Adolf Hitler.

The Pacific Theater

PEARL HARBOR

The war in the Pacific began on December 7, 1941, when warplanes from Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By this time, Japan had already been at war with China for several years and had seized the Chinese territory of Manchuria. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Japan began a massive campaign of expansion throughout the Southeast Asia–Pacific region.

THE U.S. ENTRANCE AND BATTLE OF MIDWAY

Although the Pearl Harbor attack provoked a declaration of war by the United States on Japan the very next day, it would be several months before U.S. forces would get seriously involved militarily. In late spring of 1942, the United States and Japan engaged in a series of naval battles, climaxing in the Battle of Midway on June 3–6, 1942, in which Japan suffered a catastrophic defeat.

THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND GUADALCANAL

THE APPROACH TO JAPAN

Fighting continued throughout the Pacific in 1944 and early 1945, including major battles at Leyte, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. By the late spring of 1945, most of Japan’s conquests had been liberated, and Allied forces were closing in on the Japanese home islands. As they neared Japan proper, the Allies began heavy bombing campaigns against major Japanese cities, including Tokyo. This process continued through the summer of 1945 until finally, in early August, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Stunned by the unexpected devastation, Japan surrendered a few days later.

26 comments

  1. the sacrifices they made were because they loved Americans…we are not perfect…but we believe in a creator…no power on earth will ever defeat our love for all people to live in peace ,liberty ,and what is left of our freedoms

  2. Official History

    "Sad but true: when a country wins a war, not only does it automatically acquire full territorial rights over the vanquished nation, but also full and arbitrary control over cities, land, population, resources, plants, patents, military gear, international rights, etc.

    It also acquires the “right” to (re)write the history of the conflict that led them to war in the first place. It acquires the right to impose its own views and reasons as “the truth”, accusing the vanquished country of being “false, evil, wrong, criminal, ambitious,” etc.

    It’s as old as mankind: “we’re the good guys; the others are the bad guys.” “Our boys are heroes; the others are devils that deserve to be killed, right down to the last 2-year old toddler.” As 70 years of post-World War Two propaganda has clearly shown, the 20th and 21st centuries are no different."

  3. can everyone stop bitching about what this doc is missing? sorry but I've studied WWII for decades and there is no one, two or even three hr documentary that can cover everything, especially Barbarossa which everyone is complaining about. Clearly the largest military operation of all time can't even begin to be covered in 2 hrs. I'm impressed with this documentary in the first place for including the brutality of the Sino-Japanese war, the frenzy of Dunkirk, and the Bataan Death March. We rarely ever hear about those things. Quit crying

  4. 17:11 – Is it just me, or would Winston Churchill not cut it as a motivational speaker in today's day and age. 🥱 My dude was able to motivate an entire nation whilst sounding like an exhausted, apathetic dad who is being forced to read his kid a dull bedtime story.

  5. Glad our side won.. But.
    What's sad is we all made a deal with the devil and allied with Stalin and his cruel and murderous communist regime, just as, arguably WORSE than Hitler and his Nazis. As a result the world's democracys still are threatened by communism to this day.. The allies sin was waiting so long before we decided to join the fight.
    Poor England was being pummeled and dangerously close to being invaded and occupied.
    And so many Jews, gypsies, and others suffered and died while the US refused to help.
    Im VERY grateful that the goodies beat the baddies but i feel guilty for how my grandparents generation neglected to help when it was clear we were needed.
    That's my position and I'll stand by it.

  6. This title is so fitting!! Excellent footage and narration. I also love the narrator! I've heard that voice in other shows even some true crimes shows

  7. I come from a long Military tradition my family has fought in all 93 of America's wars starting from the American revolution till present day and I've had ancestors and family who served in the military during peace time but in WW2 alone all of my great grandfathers fought on my father's side 1 was a Marine Raider during our island hoping campaign against the Japanese the other 1 was a UDT/Under Water Demolition Team's who has conducted operations in Asia North Africa South Europe and Western Europe on my mother's side 1 was a Ranger storming Omaha Beach first wave fighting through France Belgium Netherlands and Germany and my other great grandfather on her side was with the 82nd Airborne who has fought in France Belgium and the Netherlands and parts of Germany as well and alongside them were numours of our relatives cousins Distant cousins brothers and even one of my great great grandfathers on my father's side WW1 veteran fought in WW2 the Military tradition is solely on my father's side with a pretty big one on my mother's side her side has been fighting since the Civil War

  8. Not a bad documentary but i dont get why this series has famous peoples descendants like Rosevelt & Patton on it? Its not like they have anything to share that we dont already know.

  9. 57:50 – Benjamin Patton (grandson of Gen. Patton), describing Operation Torch: “…it was the beginning of the relief of the British 8th Army…”.

    Not sure the 8th Army would describe it as that.

    Still, a good documentary (if a little US centric).

  10. ALL TALK ABOUT THE BRUTALITY OF GERMANY AND JAPAN. BUT, THEY DO NOT SPEAK A WOED ABOUT THE BRUTAL ACTS OF COLONIAL POWERS LIKE BRITAIN, FRANCE AND USA ALSO. AND THIS SHOWS THAT IF ANYONE WINS THE WAR , THEN THE DEFEATED SIDE IS CALLED AS A MONSTER. LIKE IF GERMANY WOULD HAVE WON WW2, IT WOULD HAVE SHOW ALL CRIMES OF COUNTRIES WHICH GOT DEFEATED AND VICEVERSA . AND THIS IS THE REALITY .

  11. I feel so bad for Germany they didn't have idea of how to fight and they thought they were superior 🤣🤣😂 this makes me feel better about my stupidity 😌 I'm glad I'm right! Downhill to the deep 😌

  12. My only complaint is that I didn't like the continents were colored blue and the oceans were desert brown. I kept getting confused. Lol!

  13. Have to say i really hate when thise commentators allways speaks germans as nazis..majorty of german soldiers was no nazis

  14. No doubt this is a very accurate depiction of World War 2… many brave men gave their lives to save the world… Its such a shame people have to disparage their efforts. But the truth is the truth.. do the research

  15. Although it is a very beautiful documentary, it seems that the Russians did not take part in the war. The facts must be told honestly. The Germans were defeated by the Russians and the Japanese by the Americans. The Europeans simply disintegrated their countries and lost their power.

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