World War 2

Why and how was D-Day a major turning point in World War 2?

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2014-07-23 16:00:31

It opened a second front against Hitlers Germany, taking some

pressure off of the Red army, allowing them to make faster inroads

into Germany. It allowed the full force (not just air power) of the

US and Britain to engage the enemy, bringing them to total

destruction. Answer It isn't by all, and it should also be

remembered that D-Day is primarily important just for the European

Theater of Operations, though certainly it did have ramifications

for the war in the Pacific. Previous attempts at creating a second

front in Italy and North Africa, though successful in driving out

the Germans (albeit very slowly and costly in Italy) had failed to

divert a significant amount of Wehrmacht forces from the Eastern

Front where the most brutal and vast majority of the fighting in

the European Theater was going on (actually, most people would

probably say the turning point of the war was the Battle of

Stalingrad). The invasion of Northern, and subsequent invasion of

Southern France forced the Wehrmacht to take the

American/British/French threat seriously and divert large forces to

guarding their Western frontiers, which of course made defending

themselves against the oncoming Soviet hoards basically


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