World War II - Europe

 
  • A CHANGE IN LEADERS: Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin are allies in the plan to defeat Hitler.

  • AMERICAN WOMEN AT WAR: U.S. government posters target American women, during WWII, encouraging them to be part of the war effort.

  • A NEW LEADER IN BERLIN: As Hitler seizes power, the Jewish persecution begins.

  • ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF HITLER: Some German military try to assassinate Hitler, but they are caught and killed. Even though in prison, Bonhoeffer is implicated in the plot

  • BERLIN FALLS: The fall of Berlin provokes the end of the war, but there are still troubles ahead for the city.

  • BRITS LAND AT GOLD BEACH: British troops land at Gold Beach and overcome massive casualties to meet up with the Canadians at Juno.

  • CANADIANS LAND AT JUNO BEACH: Canadian troops land at Juno Beach and face fierce German opposition.

  • DEATH OF WARSAW: Despite the horrible wartime conditions in Poland, Szpilman manages to stay hidden and alive.

  • DESTROY THE GHETTO: Jewish people inside the ghetto resist the Nazis as the ghetto burns to the ground.

  • EVACUATION of the WARSAW GHETTO: Germans force Jewish families to leave the Warsaw Ghetto on trains to a concentration camp.

  • FINAL MONSTROUS ACTS: A description of the final days of the concentration camp, prisoners and the end of the war.

  • FOOD RATIONS: Governments ration food and many other items.

  • Forgotten Posters of World War II: A collection of World War II posters shows how the government campaigns to motivate U.S. military and citizens to sacrifice for the war effort.

  • GAS RATIONS: Americans have to ration gasoline, because the military needs it.

  • Germany and Italy Sign Pact of Steel: On May 22, 1939, Italy and Germany sign an alliance which is known as the "Pact of Steel."

  • GERMANY INVADES POLAND: Poland receives no aid from other countries when Hitler invades, and the Warsaw Ghetto starts.

  • HARD TIMES: Children, especially in Great Britain, have to suffer family issues, as well as a lack of food and supplies.

  • HITLER GETS KNOWN: Hitler's campaign during economic hard times ultimately leads to his rise as German Chancellor.

  • HITLER'S 'FINAL SOLUTION': Hitler creates the Nuremberg Laws to discriminate against Jews.

  • Holocaust Evidence: Hitler and his Nazi party plan the Holocaust to exterminate the Jews, yet many say it never happened.

  • HOSENFELD'S DIARY: Hosenfeld, who keeps a diary of the acts committed by Hitler and the Nazis, dies in the war camps even though Szpilman tries to help him.

  • HOW CHILDREN HELPED: Children help out by rationing, recycling, and helping to support their families.

  • I Am David: What consequences occur from the meeting at Yalta between Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt (FDR), and Joseph Stalin?

  • JEWS IN WARSAW: Hitler plans his "final solution" to exterminate Jews, who make up 30% of Warsaw's citizens.

  • KEEP QUIET!: Fear of enemy eavesdropping leads to American-government posters which introduce characters like "Joe Dope." The point is to urge caution in conversations.

  • LAND and AIR WAR in BERLIN: The Russians win Berlin, and the last days of Hitler follow.

  • MUSSOLINI'S EXECUTION: Mussolini tries to escape from Italy, but is caught, executed and his body put on display.

  • Normandy Invasion: It's the 6th of June, 1944, and everything depends on a full moon and perfect tide levels.

  • OSWIECIM: A POLISH TOWN: Oswiecim, Poland is the location of Auschwitz because the Polish army is already there.

  • PACT OF STEEL: Mussolini begins Fascism in Italy after WWI; Hitler uses Mussolini's propaganda ideas to influence German youth.

  • POST-WAR BERLIN: While waiting for Stalin to arrive, President Truman writes of the devastation in Berlin.

  • POTSDAM SHOCK - CHURCHILL VOTED OUT: Churchill proves himself as he leads his country to victory, but is voted out of office in 1940.

  • PRODUCTION SOLDIERS AT HOME: War posters are intended to convince U.S. citizens that they cannot work hard-enough to help out the "boys overseas," so they must do more.

  • STALINGRAD: The battle for Stalingrad is the deadliest battle in military history.

  • Stalingrad: Deadly Battle of WWII: The Siege of Stalingrad is a story of unspeakable horror.

  • STALKING A MADMAN: Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to speak out against the German government. He helps smuggle Jews to Switzerland and joins a plot to kill Hitler.

  • SURPRISE ATTACK: A Soviet sub hit the Wilhelm Gustloff with three torpedoes.

  • TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!: In November of 1989, the people of Berlin tear down a wall which divides their city into East and West. Two years earlier, President Reagan leads the effort to tear down the wall and open the Brandenb...

  • TERROR ACROSS EUROPE: Hitlers reign WWII, but ends in defeat and Hitlers suicide.

  • THE COMING ONSLAUGHT: Thousands of Germans flee as the Russian army seeks revenge.

  • THE LAST BROADCAST: Szpilman's last radio concert and the end of cultural life in Warsaw before the war occur at the same time.

  • THE SWORD OF STALINGRAD: The Stalingrad people are recognized for their suffering and heroics and presented with tributes.

  • THE U-BOATS: U-boats are submarines the Germans use to attack Allied supply ships.

  • THE WARSAW GHETTO IS NO MORE: SS Major General Stroop destroys the second-largest Jewish community in the world.

  • TO POTSDAM: Churchill, Truman, and Stalin plan to meet in the Potsdam suburb of Berlin in July 1945 to determine the political fate of Europe.

  • UTAH BEACH: Americans land on Utah Beach, one of five Normandy beaches attacked on D-day.

  • WARSAW GHETTO: The Warsaw Ghetto is the first step in the Nazi plan for extermination of the Jews.

  • WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING: Despite the Jewish resistance to the German assault, Jewish men and women are captured and killed.

  • WASTE NOTHING: U.S. war posters highlight worries about food shortages and prompt people to avoid wasting anything.

  • WHAT ABOUT THOSE GUNS?: The Tommy Gun (for General Thompson who invents it) becomes famous during the Prohibition-era for its use by gangsters in Chicago.

 
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