Wars Pivotal Battles of World War 2 (European Front)

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I started making this list by accident, because i was testing out the Ranker interface and happened to choose "Military Conflicts" category randomly. I typed in "battle" to test the autosuggest box and was blown away by the fact that over 4K items came up (courtesy of our wonderful data partners at http://www.freebase.com). And being a bit of a WWII buff I soon found myself making a list, which tends to happen when I'm testing the site. I never really thought I'd be making military conflicts lists, but . . . it's easy to get sucked in.

Anyhow, as far as battles go, these are the big ones - of the European Theater at least.

I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that this is the perfect kind of list to click "change style" on - you get the bloggy version with bigger photos, and the statistical version, which is very relevant for something like military history.

Battle of France is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Pivotal Battles of World War 2 (European Front)
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More Blitzkreig. see more on Battle of France
Battle of Moscow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Pivotal Battles of World War 2 (European Front)
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Facts are disputed but Russia may have had as many as One Million casualties. N***s had less than half, but in the end the Russians "won" and took back the city see more on Battle of Moscow
Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Pivotal Battles of World War 2 (European Front)
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I dragged this "item" into the list of course because the aerial bombing of Britain, had it succeeded in knocking out the Royal Air Force, would have led to an invasion of the UK, and who knows where history would have gone from there.

What shocked me when saw the stats was that I had forgotten that this took place A YEAR BEFORE THE U.S. EVEN GOT IN THE WAR. I'm sure if I grew up in the UK that fact wouldn't be new news. London getting the crap bombed out of it and literally a few hundred brave RAF pilots stopping the Wermacht - at least for awhile. Thinking about it gives me chills. see more on Battle of Britain
Battle of Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Pivotal Battles of World War 2 (European Front)
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If you had to point to a single turning point in the European Theater, I think it would have to be Stalingrad. There were 1.8 MILLION casualties in a single battle (a seven month siege).

Had Hitler managed to hold onto Stalingrad and add the natural resources of Russia to his arsenal, who knows what would have happened. see more on Battle of Stalingrad
Normandy Campaign is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Pivotal Battles of World War 2 (European Front)
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aka D-Day
aka the most intense 12 minutes in cinematic history (the landing on Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan)

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Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Pivotal Battles of World War 2 (European Front)
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Hitler's last-ditch effort to drive the Allies back to the Atlantic, in the dead of a hellishly cold winter of '44-'45.

The "Bulge" refers to the deep break in the Allied lines that Panzers were able to penetrate and hold ground for some time, aided by terrible weather which blinded Allied air forces.

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