Unformatted text preview: F) Late Aug: liberation of Paris 1) Optimistic talk of the war being over by Christmas. III. Battle of the Bulge A) Dec 44. B) Germans pushed Allies back. C) Largest number of American POWs were captured here (100,000+) IV. War in Asia A) May 8 th /9 th : German surrender 1) To a lot of people, this signified that the war was over – they did not care about Japan. B) We attacked the Japanese through the central Pacific versus coming up through New Guinea/the Phillippines. 1) McArthur wanted to go through New Guinea. C) Manila fell in Mar ’45 (despite landing in the Phillippines in Oct ’44). 1) This should have been a warning how difficult ground war in Asia can be D) Phillippines/Burma are the only two big ground battles. E) We captured islands as supply bases: 1) Iwo Jima 2) Okinawa: last combat experience before aiming for Japanese surrender...
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- Spring '07
- World War II, Germans, Frugal war, central Pacific versus, longest battle line