D-Day to VE Day
US History
PHS 2013
HW#3
• Due Next Friday
• Page 577
• Questions #2,3,4
D-Day
• June 6, 1944
• Code name for allied
invasion of occupied
Europe.
• Allies land troops in
Normandy France
• “Second front” is
finally opened in
Europe
• 3 million British,
American and
Canadian troops take
part
D-Day
Strategy
1. Leak
information
that the
target was
Calais- 150
miles away.
2. Land behind
enemy lines
3. Push for
Paris
Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and
Sword Beaches
• 130,000 men land
on the beaches at
Normandy.
• After 7 days, the
Allies held 80
miles of beach.
• Within a month,
over 1 million
troops had
landed.
• Eisenhauer DDay Speech
General George
Patton
• U.S. 4 Star Army
General
• Led U.S. Third
Army Tank Corps
• First U.S. unit to
reach and liberate
Paris
• patton speech
Liberation of Paris
• 2 1/2
months after
the invasion,
Allied
armies are
approaching
Paris.
HW#3
• Due Friday
• Page 577
• Questions #2,3,4
• Sept. 1944.
Liberation of
France helped
FDR win
Fourth term
as President
Roosevelt’s 4th election
Battle of the Bulge
• December 1944
• Last German
offensive of the
war.
• Caught the
American army by
surprise.
• Attempted to split
Allied forces but
fails.
• German
tanks push
60 miles
into allied
territory.
• Battle lasts
one month.
• Germans
lose 120,000
troops, 600
tanks and
big guns and
1,600
planes.
• Battle of the
Bulge
April 1945
• FDR suffers a
stroke and
dies.
• Harry S.
Truman
becomes 33rd
President.
• April 25, 1945,
Soviet troops
reach Berlin.
VE Day
• April 29, Adolf Hitler
commits suicide.
• May 8, 1945,
General Dwight
Eisenhower accepts
Germany’s
unconditional
surrender.
• VICTORY EUROPE!
Holocaust
• Begins during WWII
• The planned extermination of Jews that
were not useful to Nazis
• 6 million Jews will die in Nazi
concentration camps.
• Camps are liberated in the last months of war.
• US forces knew about camps, but main goal
was defeat of Germany so no planned action
was taken to free captives during war.
• Holocaust in color