Parker Monterubio
February 21, 2010
WWII Turning Points
Mrs. Mouser

May 10, 1940 - Germany invades Belgium, Netherlands, and France. Churchill becomes the prime minister of Britain.
Sept 3, 1940 - Operation Sea lion is being planned.
March 11, 1941 - Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act.
June 22, 1941 - Operation Barbarossa begins.
Dec 6, 1941 - Soviets launch counter-offensive against Germans.
Dec 7, 1941 - Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.
Dec 8, 1941 - War declared between Japan and United States.
Dec 11, 1941 - War declared between United States and Germany.
Feb 2, 1943 - Germans forced to surrender at Stalingrad, first big loss of the Nazis.
June 6, 1944 - British and American troops land in France on D-Day.
July 20, 1944 - Assassination attempt on Hitler failed, attempted by German officers.
May 7, 1945 - Germany surrenders, end of war in Europe.
Aug 6, 1945 - Hiroshima, first city destroyed by an Atomic Bomb.
Aug 9, 1945 - Nagasaki, second city destroyed by an Atomic Bomb.
Aug 14, 1945 - Japan Surrenders, end of WWII.

Operation Barbarossa:
Operation Barbarossa was the German plan to invade Russia and take the Soviet Union. The Nazis sent over 4 million soldiers and Vehicles in a massive Blitzkrieg and siege of Leningrad, and battle of Stalingrad. This operation was very significant in that the Germans were so close to taking all the major cities of Russia, but eventually were broken down and led to the downfall of their Russian campaign.

This was a critical event in WWII. During this operation the Nazis were dominating the Russians until the Russians turn around the campaign and gave the Germans their first big defeat. After the Battle of Stalingrad, the momentum of this eastern war was changed and sparked life in the Russian army. They were able to rally and counter the Operation Barbarossa and possible change the outcome of the war.

This is my primary source, this site had the stats, and the information that helped me describe the importance of Operation Barbarossa.

Pearl Harbor:
The attack on Pearl Harbor took place at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. who was neutral at this point in the war. The attacked killed thousands of Americans sending them to Join the Allies. The Japanese hoped to wipe out three main aircraft carriers and and stun the U.S. Navy and try to conquer more of the Pacific. This led to U.S. involvement in WWII and the brutal warfare in major Pacific Islands.

This was a huge turning point in WWII. The U.S. joined the war and helped the British regain land and push back Nazi Germany's Western Front, and crushed the empire of Japan. This attack on Pearl Harbor changed the momentum of the war by causing the U.S. to get involved. The Japanese sealed their own destiny by attacking America and causing another country to rise up and fight against them.

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This is my Primary source. This site tells me all about the attack and the effects on the war it had.

D-Day took place on June 6, 1944. It was the massive invasion of Allied troops into France to regain lost land to the Germans. The invasions took place on the major beaches under the code names of: Omaha, Juno, Utah, Gold, and Sword. This was a significant point in the war because it was the major allied invasion of WWII. The change the momentum in the war in Europe.

This completely change the outcome of the war. Before D-Day Nazi Germany Dominated most of the western front. But after the invasion the momentum of western Europe changed and so did the outcome of the WWII.

This is my primary source. It gave me all my stats and info I used for the D-Day turning point.

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