D-Day was the first step of a massive military campaign to free Europe from Nazi control, creating a second front in Europe and trapping Germany between the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom. By forcing Hitler's armies back, the Allies reduced the pressure Germany was putting on the Soviet Union. D-Day ultimately allowed the Allies to recapture large parts of France and Germany.Know More
D-Day had been planned before the United States joined the war. The United States encouraged the Allies to implement a "Germany first" plan of attack. On June 6, 1944, the Allies delivered hundreds of thousands of men on the beach at Normandy, catching German troops by surprise. Although Germany was aware that an attack was imminent, they did not know the exact time and location. The Allies chose Normandy as the point of entrance in part because the Germans believed that the long sea crossing made it an unlikely choice for invaders.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day owed its success to the ENIGMA machine that Germany used to send encrypted messages. The Allies had managed to break the code and were able to monitor the flow of information.
D-Day was originally planned for June 5 but a sudden storm made the invasion risky and Eisenhower postponed the invasion for a day.Learn more about World War 2
World War II was primarily a conflict between the Allies (the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Russia) and the Axis powers (Germany, Japan and Italy). The Axis also included Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, while Finland, Thailand and Iraq joined the fight on their side as cobelligerents. The Allies were joined by a host of other countries from around the world that contributed forces or supplies to the fight.Full Answer >
World War II ended on May 8, 1945, on the European front, when Germany surrendered to the Allied Powers. The war ended on the Japanese front on Sept. 2, 1945, when the Empire of Japan officially surrendered. Following the war, nations who had fought alongside Germany were ordered to pay reparations to the Allies.Full Answer >
In World War II, the four major Allies were Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union and France. Lesser allies included Australia, China, Brazil, Poland, South Africa and Yugoslavia, among others, representing six different continents.Full Answer >
World War II was won by the Allies, which consisted of the United States, Britain, Australia, France, China, the Soviet Union and Canada. There were other countries involved in the defeat of the Axis alliance, however, the Allies played the most important role.Full Answer >