The Second World War began in a frenzy. The Blitzkrieg of the Third Reich managed to dominate the European Continent within a year's time and left only the British Islands standing in defiance to Hitler's conquest. The Allies held off from engaging Hitler directly until the summer of 1944. After consolidating his territory Hitler believed himself to be master of Europe. Conquering territory is one thing, holding it is entirely different.
Below are four major battles of WWII from the European Theater which stalled the forward momentum of the The Third Reich, and eventually lead to its defeat.
XP=4 Objectives: 1. Use deductive techniques to assemble a picture of the weaknesses of the Third Reich's War machine 2. Examine primary video footage to uncover the strategy for fighting WWII
Assessment: 1. Was the Battle of Britain a turning point for the situation in Europe? Could such a campaign have been sustained by The Third Reich, why or why not? Why were the British Isles a strategic necessity for dominating the European continent?
2. Was the Battle of Stalingrad a turning point for the situation in Europe, why or why not? Why was the defeat of Hitler's Army here such a devastating loss for the Axis?
3. Why had the Allies waited until the Summer of 1944 to invade Europe, why choose France as a point of entry?
4. D-Day was only a small component of the The Battle of Normandy, why does it get the attention that the rest of the engagement does not?
5. Was The Battle of The Bulge a miscalculation or a sound strategic maneuver to save The Third Reich? Explain your answer.
6. Provide three ways that the fighting of WWII was different than the way that WWI was fought.