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5 Great WWII Battles of the European Theater
European theatre of World War II
Click on the highlighted terms to learn more about each topic. German Invasion of Poland. Adolf Hitler. The war in Europe began at this point and unfolded as a series of major events and battles. The first weeks of the war in Europe consisted mostly of Germany, led by Adolf Hitler , unleashing its blitzkrieg tactics against Poland.
Second World War battles took place across the globe; some lasting days, others months or even years. But which are the most significant? Here, Professor Evan Mawdsley from the University of Glasgow lists the battles that had the most impact upon later military and political events, and indeed the outcome of the war itself. The same is true of the five-year Allied bomber offensive. For me the European war was inherently more significant in military and strategic terms than the Asia-Pacific war this was also the view of the British, American and Soviet war leaders. In contrast Japan, at that time a second-rate regional power, could not have been a global military threat on its own. The rapid and unexpected conquest of the Low Countries and northern France in four weeks was the supreme example of German mastery of mobile warfare.
World War II was the greatest conflict in history, carried out on a scale almost impossible to grasp. In many ways it was the first modern war, in which airpower played a vital role both on land and at sea, but many actions were ultimately won by the determination and grit of the foot soldier. Here's the whole vast panoramic epic of the Second World War presented in 20 of its most significant battles. One of the most audacious operations in the German conquest of Europe was the air assault on the Greek island of Crete, the first action in which paratroopers were dropped in large numbers. Crete was defended by British and Greek forces who had some success against the lightly armed German soldiers jumping out of the sky.