Decisive Battles of Hitler's War
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1. The U-Boat War
Twenty years after Kaiser Wilhem's exile in 1919, the German navy, Kriegsmarine, had once again grown into a powerful weapon, nurtured this time by Hitler's Third Reich. By 1939, Germany was eager and ready to wipe out the stain in her naval history. They possessed a terrifying weapon to make sure Hitler's victory and vision was realized, especially over Great Britain. The U-Boat.
2. Normandy to the Rhine
In November 1943 at the Tehran Conference, Churchill agreed to an offensive that would once again bring his British forces to full scale combat with the Nazis. Allied Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in London in January 1944 for final planning. The obvious route to France was heavily defended and lacked a major port. The only feasible alternative were the beaches of Normandy.
Russia in the late summer of '42 was poised on the edge of an abyss. German troops had swept across the Russian step in an unstoppable wave of weaponry and soldiers. Moscow and Leningrad were being crushed, but they were the prelude to battlefield glory. Hitler became anxious to claim his most prestigious objective - which bore the leaders name - Stalingrad, soon within german tank sites.
4. The Battle For Berlin
The mantle of invisibility surrounding German forces had slipped an fallen since Stalingrad and panzer units suffering heavy loses. A revitalized red army began to payback hitler in a brutal attack as the last months of ww2 passed. Stalin was obsessed with the significance of one town which brought the most terrible end to WW2 in Berlin that anyone could have imagined.
5. The Desert War
Britain was at its lowest end in 1940 after the war in Africa. Diluted of armor, Britain could not give them support to combat future German aggression. In a theater of war, this was the battle of the Desert Rats, Mussolini turned his sights on an empire in Africa, an easy victory seemingly assured. Commonwealth truths and Britain began a bitter struggle to tear apart the Third Reich.
6. The Fall of France
When Hitler claimed restitution of Sudetenland, France and Britain abandoned their ally. Ignoring offers to help defend the Czechs, French leaders met with Hitler in Munich in Sep. 1938. Hitler performed like a statesmen, and French leaders signed a treaty that was in fact a death warrant for their own countries. Hitler felt that the floodgates were open and the wave became unstoppable.
7. The War in Italy
In an initial failed attempt to become a partner the equal of Germany in the Axis Alliance, Mussolini ordered his troops towards the British positions in Egypt in September 1940. Mussolini, feeling secure in the shadow of Hitler's apparent invincibility, never dreamt that the War between Britain and Italy would culminate in his own death less than 5 years later.
8. Battle of Britain
To Adolf Hitler in 1940, Britain was no more than an irritant on his periphery to his rapidly expanding Third Reich. He was correct in his assumption that Britain had been almost fatally weakened by the fight of Dunkirk. If Britain were to be subdued, there seemed to be no more auspicious time than 1940. The Luftwaffe had proven themselves invincible, which filled them with pride and enthusiasm.