Battles, campaigns and important basic decisions of WW2.

At this page, various interesting strategic decisions, campaigns and individual battles are investigated more closely, which had a more or less great influence on the course of WW2.

pain of an innocent creature, as well as the millions of humans, in a terrible war
The last Russian Winter Offensive of the war started with the Battle of the Vistula. On January 12, 1945 the
Panzer III under fire at Kursk
Battle of Kursk in July 1943, the greatest tank battle in military history. The strategic decisions, preparations, the German offensive
Roosevelt is talking with his foreign minister Cordell Hull.
Part III of 'Why did Hitler declare war on the US?' Back to PART II: The 'undeclared war' of the
US destroyer Kearny (DD-432) was also damaged by a German U-boat
Part II of 'Why did Hitler declare war on the US?' Back to PART I: Why did Hitler declare war
Hitler declares war on USA
Hitler's declaration of war to the United States appears to be difficult to understand, superfluous, and sealed the fate of
Pioneer Tombs
Losses and casualties during World War II. Military personnel and civilian losses, aircraft, warships and merchant ships of the combatants
Bismarck is firing on Hood
Operation Rheinuebung ('Rhine Exercise'), the final cruise of the Bismarck Detailed action, numerous photos and video. Here to Part I:
Operation Barabarossa
Could had Operation Barbarossa - Hitler's attack on Soviet Russia - a different course and why was the invasion carried
Control of territories
The map of the control of territories at the European theater of war from 1942-45. Below is the strategic map
Ju 52 landed on Maleme airfield
Operation Merkur (Mercury), the 'Battle of Crete'. German Plan of Attack and assault troops, deployed forces, intelligence, the fighting and
Outbreak of British infantry from Tobruk
From August 1941 until the end of the Siege of Tobruk in December 1941 (Part III). Australians withdrawn and replaced
German assault party Tobruk
The Siege of Tobruk, from April to December 1941 (Part II). Rommel’s attack on the defensive perimeter, trench warfare and
Tobruk harbour
The siege of Tobruk from April to December 1941. Tobruk Tobruk is a tiny but significant harbor on the coastline
German flamethrower in action
History and causes of the Balkan campaign 1940-1941. Mussolini’s Greek adventure on 28 October 1940 to the German attack of
Altmark
Operation Weser Crossing (Unternehmen Weserübung), the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in April 1940 The six-month hiatus known as
Operation Torch fleet
Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. On November 8, 1942, a force of over 70,000 Allied troops invaded
Molotov at Berlin visit
Were there alternatives for Hitler to Operation Barbarossa ? Part II to the question 'Why the Germans invaded Russia ?'
Crowds cheer Hitler
Why Hitler attacked Russia ? (Part I) Looking on the subsequent events appearing after Hitler's decision to attack Russia, it
Soldiers of the 69th US Division and the Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front
Second World War, overview of the course from 1943 to 1945 with the defeat of the Axis powers by the
Panzer 3 in street fightings.
Second World War, overview of the course of the 'Axis high tide' from 1941 to 1942 (Part II). Mediterranean theater,

Attack of German infantry
Attack of German infantry during the Blitzkrieg campaigns.
In so doing, less emphasis is placed on the number of battles or even on the complete treatment of all campaigns and strategic decisions, but on the essential and important operations for an important time interval of the WW2 War Diary or the armies‘ organization. The main focus here is on the units deployed in these battles and campaigns, and their strength, equipment and armament.

Additional, a large space is given to the strategic decisions of the principle – and here, above all (except maybe Joseph Stalin), the notorious individual decisions of the German Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, who dominate everything. Hitler so decisively influence the course of the war as no other of the participating decision-makers.

Although Hitler had all options in his hands until the summer of 1941, his decisions resulted in the creation of the campaigns and battles, but the booklet of the trade was then torn from his hands of the Allies. However, all subsequent events, which were mostly triggered by the Allies, were still the product of Hitler’s strategy.

Especially for the development of war games as exact simulations are questions of the possible historical options and the ‘what if?’ necessary, besides the exact assessment of the fighting power of the involved armed forces and weapons for the calculation of alternative and fictional battles, if players or an artificial intelligence (AI) as ‘Supreme Commander’ takes other decisions than actually happened during WW2.

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