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Germany Invades the Soviet Union
Germany's Siege of Leningrad
Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor
This was an important event because no one really saw it coming that Hitler would try to invade the Soviet Union. It frightened many, but the Soviets knew they had some advantages and the invasion turned out to be Hitler's costliest mistakes for Germany. The men during this invasion had frozen to death while some kept fighting, killing two and a half million soviet soldiers.
The Soviets, began to suffer very badly. In September 1941, the two-and-a-half-year siege of Leningrad began. Food was rationed to two pieces of bread for the people. It was a very effective event because it was like the Great Depression in a way for the Leningraders. During this time, more than a million Leningraders died from exhaustion and starvation. It had a part in the WWII because they weren't very strong to keep good efforts toward the war etc.
Early on December 7, 1941, Japanese airplanes bombed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack was very unexpected and killed 2,400 people and destroyed battleships and aircraft. Pearl Harbor had been only one of the many naval bases in the United States. This even really showed that Japan wanted to begin a war and President Roosevelt did just that. Roosevelt stated, "a date which live in infamy."
Early on June 6, 1944, the Allies launched a surprise invasion of Normandy in France, leaving many dead and shocked. More than 156,000 Allied troops crossed the English Channel. About 2,500 soldiers gave up their life that day fighting for their country. It was the day when the largest land and water invasion had happened. It wasn't until August when Allies made their way to Paris and freed them from the Germans.
After Hitler committed suicide in his underground bunker, on May 7, Germany decided to surrender since they did not have a powerful leader anymore. V-E Day was a great day because it was the victory in Europe. This was the time when everyone knew that Hitler's "thousand-year Reich" was over and that the Jews and everyone else was free from the violence.
The Holocaust was a very important event because this is when Hitler took Jews under his control and murdered about six million. Six million is was just about two thirds of all European Jews. The Holocaust began in 1942 and led many others such as Britain and the French to think "we need to do something about this soon before he starts killing more innocent people!" The holocaust has been the most remembered horrific event recorded.
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