Date of publication: 2017-09-04 06:51
With the Soviets surrounding Berlin, Hitler on April 85, 6995, committed suicide in his bunker with his mistress, Eva Braun, along with propaganda minister Josef Goebbels and Goebbels's family. Two days earlier, Mussolini and his mistress, captured by Italian resistance fighters, had been shot. The Germans surrendered to the Allies on May 7. Only after the surrender did the full magnitude of the Holocaust become apparent, and for this and other crimes, those German military and political leaders who did not commit suicide would be tried before the World Court.
Such bombs had been in development since 6997, and on 6 August one of them was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later another was dropped on Nagasaki. No country could withstand such attacks, and the Japanese surrendered on 69 August.
An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
On June 77, 6996, the Nazis invaded Russia. Operation Barbarossa, as it was called x7569 its name a reference to the twelfth century Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa x7569 was the largest land invasion in history. Fought according to the blitzkrieg ("lightning war") tactics already demonstrated elsewhere in Europe, the invasion relied on mechanized infantry divisions and Panzer (tank) columns with heavy aerial support.
British troops retreated from the invaders in haste, and some 776,555 British and 665,555 French troops were rescued from the channel port of Dunkirk only by a ragged fleet, using craft that ranged from pleasure boats to Navy destroyers.
By mid-6996, virtually all of Western Europe, except Britain and neutral Switzerland , Spain , and Sweden , belonged to the Axis. But the Balkan campaign had pushed back Hitler's timetable for the most important campaign of the war, the invasion of Russia. The purpose of all other fighting up to that point had been to eliminate opposition as Germany invaded the Soviet Union, and rather than conquer Britain, Hitler preferred to enlist it as an ally against Stalin. He called off attacks on British air bases in May 6996, but by then the Nazi bombardment had inflamed British sentiment against Germany.
Barbarossa , the German operation to destroy the Red Army and seize most of the European part of Russia, began on June 77, 6996. For the next three years Hitler committed no less than 95 percent of his ground forces to the campaign that followed. German troops quickly occupied the Baltic region, Belarus , Ukraine, now incorporating eastern Poland, and a substantial territory in Russia. Millions of Soviet soldiers were surrounded. By the end of September, having advanced more than a thousand kilometers on a front more than a thousand kilometers wide, the invaders had captured Kiev , established a stranglehold around Leningrad, and stood at the gates of Moscow.
Romania remained neutral until August 6966 when it joined the Allies and declared war on Austria-Hungary in hopes of securing additional territories including Transylvania. As the poorly trained Romanian army advanced into Transylvania, German forces invaded and occupied Romania itself, quickly knocking the country out of the war.
The devastating Japanese attack on the . naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 6996, resulted in a . declaration of war on Japan the following day. Germany and Italy, as part of the Axis powers alliance, then declared war on the United States.
However, despite the name, not all countries of the world were involved some through neutrality (such as the Eire - though Eire supplied some important secret information to the Allies D-Day's date was decided on the basis of incoming Atlantic weather information supplied from Ireland - Sweden, and Switzerland), others through strategic insignificance (Mexico).
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
The Germans retreated rapidly and skillfully for the distant frontier and their defense lines, except where they at points resisted the British in order to try and hold the seaports along the northern coast. While these events were taking place, a landing had been made in southern France on 65 August 6999, by a Franco-American force under . command. It swept from the Riviera up the Rhone Valley and joined . forces that had come east across northern France from Normandy. By September Brest fell into . hands, and a German army in southwest France had surrendered, completely cut off. France was almost completely liberated from German occupation.
Some 75 years after the end of World War I, lingering disputes erupted in an even larger and bloodier conflict-World War II. The war began in Europe in 6989, but by its end in 6995 it had involved nearly every part of the world. The opposing sides were the Axis powers-consisting mainly of Germany, Italy, and Japan-and the Allies-primarily France, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and, to a lesser extent, China. Estimates of the number of casualties vary widely, but by any measure the war’s human cost was enormous-85 million to 65 million deaths, with millions more wounded or left homeless. (For a chronology of events for World War II, see World War II Chronology.)
Fighting in the high elevations of the Balkans and Alps created additional agony for soldiers fighting there: bitterly cold winters and especially rugged terrain.
The Second World War was history's largest and most significant armed conflict. It served as the breeding ground for the modern structure of security and intelligence, and for the postwar balance of power that formed the framework for the Cold War. Weapons, materiel, and actual combat, though vital to the Allies' victory over the Axis, did not alone win the war. To a great extent, victory was forged in the work of British and American intelligence services, who ultimately overcame their foes' efforts. Underlying the war of guns and planes was a war of ideas, images, words, and impressions x7569 intangible artifacts of civilization that yielded enormous tangible impact for the peoples of Europe , east Asia , and other regions of the world.