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Allies Liberate Europe
Allies Liberate Europe

The Italian Campaign

• “Soft Underbelly” of Europe • Mussolini was arrested by his own people • Hitler rescued Mussolini and restored him to power. • Ordered German forces to dig in.

The Italian Campaign • “Soft Underbelly” of Europe • Mussolini was arrested by his own people

Mussolini is Deposed

• He tries to escape Italy disguised as a German Soldier – Partisans capture him during an ambush.

Mussolini is Deposed • He tries to escape Italy disguised as a German Soldier – Partisans
Mussolini is Deposed

Mussolini is Deposed

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

The Invasion of France

• Preparation for “Operation Overlord”

– 2 years – Thousands of landing craft – 3 million men

– The Allies bombarded France for a month and a half in preparation for D-Day

D-Day

• Allies invade Normandy on 5 beaches.

D-Day • Allies invade Normandy on 5 beaches.

D-Day

• The invasion began June 6, 1944 • The force involved in the invasion:

– 156,000 soldiers – 4,000 landing craft – 600 warships – 11,000 Planes

Largest amphibious assualt in the history of the world!

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

D-Day

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D-Day

D-Day +30

1 Million men

• 567,000 tons of supplies • 170,000 vehicles