One first factor why the war was not over by Christmas 1914 was because of the failure of the Schlieffen plan. The Schlieffen Plan was the German war plan that was aiming to wn the war by taking control of Paris in 40 days, causing the French to surrender and freeing up troops to send East to fight the Russians. If nobody had inhabited Belgium or France, the plan might have worked. The plan did not take into account the possibility that the Belgians, having been promised neutrality, would become angered and would defend their country. It also did not take into account the chance that Britain would fight for Belgian neutrality too, as Germany had hoped that Britain would remain neutral.
The battle of the bulge is one of the deadliest battle in World War 2. In December 1944, Adolf Hitler attempted to split the allied armies in Northwest Europe by means of surprise blitzkrieg thrust through the Ardennes to antwerp. Caught off guard, American units fought desperate battles to stem the German advance at St.-Vith, Elsenborn Ridge, Houffalize and Bastogne, Lieutenant General George S. Patton 's successful maneuvering of the third Army to bastogne proved vital to the allied defense, leading to the neutralization of the German Counteroffensive despite heavy casualties. On December 16, three German Armies launched the deadliest most desperate battle of the war in the west in the poorly ordered, rugged, heavily forested Ardennes. A shortage
During a military conference, on July 21, 1940, Hitler declared war against the Soviet Union. The code name was Barbarossa and the goal was to obtain more “Lebensraum”, which means living space, for the Germans. Several factors of the war against the Soviet Union caused Hitler not to be able to have power over the land. Hitler did not agree with the German Army High Command (OKH) that Moscow was a priority to take over during the war. He also did not to listen to his general Jodl, who was in charge of the combined services command staff, who suggested that he go to Moscow at the beginning of the war.
This was the start of the long invasion of Iwo Jima. The Battle of Iwo Jima was fought between the Japanese army and the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The battle, known to the USMC as "Operation Detachment", started on February 19, 1945 and lasted until March 26, 1945 when the last Japanese soldiers were captured or killed. Japan knew that the importance of defending Iwo Jima as its loss would facilitate American air raids against Japanese Home Islands. However Imperial Japanese Navy had already lost almost all of its power and could not prevent U.S. from landing.
Why did the US get involved in World War I? The U.S. declared war on April 6th, 1917, while President Wilson had been attempting to create peace between Germany and Britain; the country had desperately tried to stay neutral with the problems accruing with these two. After the continuous attacks against American ships, and propaganda by German U-boats, Germany kept attempting to get Mexico to declare war on the U.S. and stop American supplies from getting to Britain. For this reason the U.S saw itself being pushed to get involved.
“By that time there could not be the slightest doubt that German operations were merely some sort of provocation, on the evening of 22 June Stalin…issued Directive Number 3 for a counter-offensive against the invading forces.” Despite the extensive preparations though, the Red Army was still ill equipped to deal with the invading Wehrmacht, particularly given the devastation unleashed upon their air forces by the German surprise attack. This caused Stalin to look for support from the one nation still actively fighting against Germany, the nation that had been courting Soviet support since before the Winter War: Great
The commander for the German forces was General Ludendorff. General Ludendorff ordered an immediate counter attack on the British forces. The failure of the counter attack nearly forced German forces to sound a general retreat in the area. German forces used shock troops ‘Sturmtruppen’ to counterattack the British. Sturmtruppen was a new tactic used by the German forces to quickly attack enemy positions.
In the beginning, the invasion plan was an English plan called Roundup, which would move troops to the beach of normandy in the event of a German failure. When the United States entered the war, the idea was remastered as a combined British-American operation to cross the English Gulley and completely get rid of Adolf Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defenses. Roundup had to wait, because of Operation Torch, the British-American invasion of North Africa. After Torch, the Allies began planning Operation Overlord. The allies set target date for May 1, 1944.
The Blitz was the period of continuously strategic bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Hitler’s fear of not having control over Britain led to beliefs that Britain would eventually become a base for his enemies to attack him from. When France fell to Germany in 1940, Hitler’s aims were turned on Britain. He believed that if he destroyed the RAF Britain would no longer have any defence against an invasion. Hitler also wished to disrupt Britain’s economy and industry and many industrial cities were hit.
The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7th 1941 in a multi wave attack. The first wave occurred at 7:53AM, followed by the second wave one hour later. By 9:55, one hour after the second wave, the attack was over (. The attack on Pearl Harbor was the equivalent of a spark to a powder keg in the Pacific with the japanese attack being unprovoked, countless Americans losing their lives, and the result America joining WWII. When the japanese attacked unprovoked merica was thrown into an uproar.