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World War II


WORLD WAR II was the largest military conflict in the history of the world.  Its many locales included the whole of Europe, North Africa, The Atlantic Ocean, The Pacific Ocean, the East Indies, Japan, and many parts of Asia.  The conflagration began in the Pacific in 1936 and ignited in Europe by 1939.  The United States became involved on that fateful December 7, 1941.  Some estimates suggest that 50 million people perished in the war.  An amazing one in forty servicemen gave their lives.  Ernie Pyle, the Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent said of the American soldiers, Their life consisted wholly and solely of war, for they were and always had been front-line infantrymen. They survived because the fates were kind to them, certainly — but also because they had become hard and immensely wise in animal-like ways of self-preservation.”  Pyle himself would be one of the war’s casualties.

 

Dates


1941-1945

Campaigns & Battles


 
Pacific Theater Campaign
Battle of Pearl Harbor
Battle of the Coral Sea
Battle of Midway
Battle of Iwo Jima
Battle of Okinawa
 
Philippines Campaign (1941 - 1942)
Battle of Bataan
Battle of Corregidor
 
Gilbert & Marshall Islands Campaign
Battle of the Philippine Sea
 
Mariana & Palau Campaign
Battle of Peleliu
Battle of Saipan
Battle of Tinian
 
European Theater
Battle of Normandy
Liberation of Paris
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of Berlin (Air)
Battle of Hurtgen Forest
Battle of Aachen
 
North African Campaign
Invasion of Morocco
Invasion of Algeria
 
The Italy Campaign
Battle of Salerno
Battle of Sicily
Battle of Anzio
Battle of Rapido River
Battle of Monte Cassino
Liberation of Rome
 
Philippines Campaign (1944 - 1945)
Battle of Leyte Gulf
Battle of Luzon