A Brief History of WWII and Analysis of the Battle of the Bulge
In August 1939 there was a non-aggression pact signed between two leaders. Adolf Hitler, the late dictator of Nazi Germany and Joseph Stalin, the late dictator of the Soviet Union. This pact, designed in nature, to prevent the invasion of ether country by the other; however, the two Dictators formed a plan in secret to divide parts of Eastern Europe starting with Poland and eventually taking control and dividing the European Continent between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Approximately one month later the two forces join and attack Poland with such force that the battle earned the name Blitzkrieg, (meaning the lightning ...view middle of the document...
Meanwhile, Norway gives way to the ferocious Nazi fighters and surrenders the country. With Nazi forces now in control of half the European continent, the United States of America begins to pay close attention to the thoughts of near future. By 22 June 1940, the Nazi forces had occupied three fifths of France and an imminent defeat is in the near future. With the looming devastation of France, Martial Petain, the French Prime Minister elects to sign an Armistice (cease-fire and coexistence agreement) with Adolph Hitler allowing the Nazi Military to move freely within the Country. The following day Adolph Hitler begins a full and open tour of France to display what he believed to be the greatest Military in the World.
As the war for total control of the European Continent continues, Germany advances through Yugoslavia, Greece, and the Soviet Union. Feeling confident with the many victories he had won across the European Continent he hastily declares war against the United States of America based solely on the facts that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had rendered the United States incapable of countering two conflicts at one time. He felt that the United States of America would be in such a weakened state that they would be easily defeated if they chose to engage Nazi forces in Europe.
On June 6 1944, The United States of America answered Hitler’s declaration of war by storming the beaches of Normandy,
"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you." “General Dwight Eisenhower.”
In addition, with those words American boots touched German soil. The initial battle would take place on the Beaches of Normandy; Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach with over 160,000 allied troops and approximately 30,000 vehicles landing along the fifty mile stretch of the German coastline. At the same time the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in conjunction with allied forces dropped more than 13,000 Paratroopers using approximately 925 C-47 aircrafts to secure specific locations thought France enabling an additional 4,000 Service and Support Soldiers to arrive safely with much needed Rations, Medical supplies, and Ammunition.
Although the American Military was now involved in the European conflict, the death toll of civilian and military alike would continue to rise. On the 10th of June 1944 a Nazi Das Reich (Division) surrounded a small village in France named Oradour-sur-Glane and accused the local population of hiding explosives for the American Military and its Allies. Because of these accusations, without trial, the Nazi Soldiers executed all 652 civilians living in the village. This village remains in a burnt state today as a memorial.
The Germans became so angry that they decided to...