Essay Two Keys to Allied Victory in World War II
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An examination of two battles from WWII – Battle of Kursk and the Battle of Midway and why these were turning points in the war for the Allied forces.
This paper discusses how the success of the allies in World War II hinged on the defeat of its two greatest opposing forces. The key to success relied upon debilitating and disabling the German army and the Japanese army. The paper shows how the weakening of the German army at the Battle of Kursk and the weakening of the Japanese army at the Battle of Midway were two of the key battles responsible for turning the tides to the Allied forces’ favor in World War II. The similarities and differences of these two decisive battles are the focus of the research.
It can be said that just because one loses the battle, it doesn’t mean that they have lost the war. In most cases this is true. However, one battle can mean a such defeat for one side that it changes the entire course of the rest of the war. This was the case in the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway took place from June 4-7, 1942. Prior to the Battle of Midway, Japanese forces were on the offensive capturing and securing massive territories throughout the Pacific Rim and Asia (NHC, 2002). Midway Island lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean half way between the United States and Japan. It is a key refueling and strategic supply point for long runs across the Pacific Ocean. Control of Midway Island was a key factor to the offensive position of the Japanese. It was also important defensively as a key to preventing the Japanese invasion of Hawaii.