Battles of WWII
General Omar Bradley, also known as the "Soldier's General", commanded the U.S. First Army in the invasion of Normandy. General George Patton commanded the Third U.S. army in the invasion of Normandy. George Marshall was a highly decorated American military leader who played a big part in the planning of Operation Overlord or the Invasion or Normandy. Although Marshall wasn't engaged combat, he was still an instrumental leader in the war.
In December of 1944, Germany launched a counterattack in Belgium known as the Battle of the Bulge. This was a surprise blitzkrieg attack that caught the Allies off guard, however the Americans were able to regroup and continue advancing into Germany. General George Patton and the U.S. Third Army played a major role in the successful defense of the Allied Powers.
Berlin fell in April of 1945 in the Battle of Berlin. The Soviets surrounded Berlin and invaded the city, bringing an end to Hitler's control. Germany's defense fell quickly due to the overwhelming force of the Soviets. Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945 in his underground bunker as his "one thousand year" Reich fell above him.
Tuskegee Airmen- These men were part of an African American group of military pilots. The Tuskegee Airmen were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama.
The Battle of Iwo Jima was the first strike on Japanese home islands in WWII. In February of 1945, U.S. Marines landed on the Island of Iwo Jima. The Japanese fought using a complicated network of tunnels, caves, and dugouts, despite the hard conditions, after a month of fighting, the U.S. Marines beat out the Japanese forces.
The Battle of Okinawa was the last yet largest of the Pacific island battles in WWII. Okinawa became not only a land battle, but also a battle at sea. This battle resulted in thousands of casualties for both the Americans and the Japanese, included were almost 100,000 civilian casualties. Both commanding generals from each side died in Okinawa. The Japanese surrendered and Okinawa fell to the Allied forces after 82 days.