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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:53 am

By the summer of 1944, the Red Army was at Germany’s doorstep. There is no doubt that the Russians could have singlehandedly defeated Nazi Germany..

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:55 am

But Stalin had been putting pressure on the West to open a second front in an attempt to divert German resources and bring a quicker end to the war.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:01 pm

The American Air Forces and British Royal Air Force (RAF) had been waging a strategic bombing campaign since 1942. The Allies controlled the Mediterranean theater, and invaded Italy in 1943.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:04 pm

However, it was strategically necessary to launch a full-scale invasion of France to destroy the main force of the German Army in Northern Europe.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:05 pm

Operation Overlord commenced with the Normandy landings in June of 1944. By August, there were more than 3 million Allied troops in France.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:07 pm

Paris was liberated on 25 August, and the German Army had been pushed back completely, and retreated across the River Seine by 30 August.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:09 pm

Germany was forced to reinforce the Western Front with resources from the Eastern and Italian Fronts. The result was a decisive Allied strategic victory.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:10 pm

By September, Western Allied forces were approaching the German border. Nazi Germany would surrender less than a year later.

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