Battle of Midway: June4-6, 1942
Midway Island was an important strategic spot. From there, Japan could refuel and attack Hawaii. After intercepting a coded message, the U.S. Navy dispatched 3 aircraft carriers. On June 4, 1942, the squadrons took off and sank 4 huge Japanese aircraft carriers, along with 228 Japanese planes and their best pilots. It was a huge defeat of Japan and an important turning point of the war in the Pacific.
D-Day: June 6, 1944
After years of war, German still had a chain of heavily armed Nazi bunkers along the Atlantic coastlines. For months, plans were made to land on the beaches of Normandy using 5,000 ships, 13,000 aircrafts, and 160,000 Allied troops. On June 6, 1944 thousands upon thousands of soldiers began walking ashore. The casualty rate staggered, but by sundown the Allies had gained a foothold in France. More than 9,000 soldiers were harmed but 100,000 soldiers captured Nazi bunkers. Hitler’s days were numbered and he with his supporters knew it.
Stalingrad: July 17, 1942- February 2, 1943
As the German army discovered, Russian winters can be deadly. The city was named after the Soviet Leader, Joseph Stalin. The seven month battle was a major turning point in the war. The Russian soldiers refused to let the city fall, even when they were starving and freezing to death. The death toll was horrific was and an estimated 1.7 to 2 million Axis and Soviet soldiers with an untold number of civilian deaths. The battle was a turning point for the Allies on the Eastern Front, but there were still many more battles to fight.
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