Why was Germany defeated in World War Two?

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  • Why was Germany defeated?
    • GB
      • Won the Battle of Britain in 1940
      • Royal Navy strong
        • USA able to transport troops
    • USA
      • 7 December 1941
        • Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and Germany declared war on USA
          • USA joined the war
      • 'arsenal of democracy'
        • produced massive amounts of war material
          • 300,000 aircraft
          • 86,000 tanks
          • Germany could not compete
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      • produced massive amounts of war material
        • 300,000 aircraft
        • 86,000 tanks
        • Germany could not compete
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      • created a second front against Germany with D-day landings in 1944
        • GB
          • Won the Battle of Britain in 1940
          • Royal Navy strong
            • USA able to transport troops
        • pushed Germans out of France and across river Rhine
      • Mainly responsible for defeat of Japan, Germany's ally
    • USSR
      • 22 June 1941
        • Hitler invaded USSR
      • Took main force of German attack
        • lost 25 million people
      • German army could not defeat the Soviets' army
      • Stalingrad
        • Germany retreated in Feb 1943
          • Major turning point
            • from then, continual retreat of Germany
        • fought for over a year
      • Further defeats through 1943
        • out of USSR by 1934
        • Stalingrad
          • Germany retreated in Feb 1943
            • Major turning point
              • from then, continual retreat of Germany
          • fought for over a year
      • huge economic resources to fall back on
        • 1942
          • Germany made 9,300 tanks
            • 14,700 aircraft
          • USSR made 24,700 tanks
            • 25,400 aircraft
      • By 1934 was liberating countries like Poland in Eastern Europe
    • 1941
      • USSR & USA join the war
      • 7 December 1941
        • Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and Germany declared war on USA
          • USA joined the war
      • 22 June 1941
        • Hitler invaded USSR
    • Hitler
      • wrong to take on USA and USSR in 1941
      • fighting a war on 3 fronts
      • made himself commander in chief
        • was a poor commader
      • wanted to capture Stalingrad
        • because of its symbolic nature (named after Stalin)
        • should have bypassed the city
        • refused a tactical retreat, which would have made better military sense
      • Insisted the war be fought to the bitter end
        • destroyed Germany and cost lives of millions
      • Commited suicide on 30 April 1945
        • VE day announced on 8th May
    • Italy
      • quickly defeated in North Africa by GB
        • forced Hitler to send a German army under Rommel
          • Initially successful
            • defeated by GB at Battle of El Alamein October 1942
              • Americans arrived in N. Africa by 1943
                • GB & USA troops pushed Axis toops out of N. Africa
                  • advanced up through Italy
                    • September 1943 Italy surrendered
                      • German troops had to take over
  • 1945
    • USA & GB
    • Why was Germany defeated?
      • USA
        • 'arsenal of democracy'
          • created a second front against Germany with D-day landings in 1944
            • pushed Germans out of France and across river Rhine
          • Mainly responsible for defeat of Japan, Germany's ally
        • USSR
          • Took main force of German attack
            • lost 25 million people
          • German army could not defeat the Soviets' army
          • Further defeats through 1943
            • out of USSR by 1934
          • huge economic resources to fall back on
            • 1942
              • Germany made 9,300 tanks
                • 14,700 aircraft
              • USSR made 24,700 tanks
                • 25,400 aircraft
          • By 1934 was liberating countries like Poland in Eastern Europe
        • 1941
          • USSR & USA join the war
        • Hitler
          • wrong to take on USA and USSR in 1941
          • fighting a war on 3 fronts
          • made himself commander in chief
            • was a poor commader
          • wanted to capture Stalingrad
            • because of its symbolic nature (named after Stalin)
            • should have bypassed the city
            • refused a tactical retreat, which would have made better military sense
          • Insisted the war be fought to the bitter end
            • destroyed Germany and cost lives of millions
          • Commited suicide on 30 April 1945
            • VE day announced on 8th May
        • Italy
          • quickly defeated in North Africa by GB
            • forced Hitler to send a German army under Rommel
              • Initially successful
                • defeated by GB at Battle of El Alamein October 1942
                  • Americans arrived in N. Africa by 1943
                    • GB & USA troops pushed Axis toops out of N. Africa
                      • advanced up through Italy
                        • September 1943 Italy surrendered
                          • German troops had to take over
    • 1943 onwards
      • attacked from the air

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