WW2 Timeline Research Paper (2016 Edition)

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This is a paper I wrote for English in April of 2015. I recently made some minor formatting changes to it, giving it the '2016 Edition' title. The prompt was constructing a timeline highlighting three significant events in a well written essay. And that is exactly what I attempted to do.

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Timeline of World War II Research Paper.

War has sent millions of heroes and demons to Hell, all in a course of six years. The will of a single man left the world shaking and trembling. Ideology is peaceful, history is violent. In the case of World War Two, its history is extremely violent, with death clouding the skies. Over this course of time, millions perished and suffered. War is based on perspective, and in the eyes of many, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party were the monsters responsible. They were no doubt to blame for the murder of over six million Jewish civilians, but the true monstrosity lies within both sides. The Allied and Axis powers both pulled extreme moves throughout the war and set events into play that changed the path of modern history forever. These events include the infamous battle of Stalingrad, Operation Overlord, and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In July of 1942, one of the greatest battles of the second World War initiated. According to History.com, "..most historians consider it to be the greatest battle of the entire conflict" (History.com staff). Some may disagree, but the statistical analysis of the battle affirms the belief. On top of that, Stalingrad contained extreme symbolic value, as it was the only city to bear Joseph Stalin's name. Hitler knew the city was a strategic point, and that it was essential in his plan to campaign through Russia. The fighting and death that followed the invasion was potent and extreme. An "overall total of 1,300,000 to 1,500,000 deaths" (White), piled up. Imagine a charred street with corpses sprawled all over each other, clogging pathways and tainting the air. Urban warfare is often very brutal and leaves a wasteland of destruction in its wake. The casualty total also includes thousands of civilians, whose deaths ranged from being gunned down, to getting shelled by both sides. Stalin's Red Army was crazy and solid to the core, but so were the Allied forces from the west.

On June 6th, 1944, 156,000 Allied soldiers stormed into the dark maw of death. The heated entrance to the belly of the Nazi empire. This was the beginning of Operation Overlord, as well as the liberation of Paris. The operation was considered the final push in the war in Europe. An unknown author from Combinedops.com titled the operation, "..the beginning of the end for Hitler and his army in Europe" (Combinedops, n.p). The title is fitting, as this was the point in the war where Hitler was stuck fighting on two different fronts. By opening the new third front, the Allied forces were able to start nailing the Third Reich's coffin shut. After a series of battles, the Germans launched one desperate final assault that formed a bulge shape in the combat lines. This offensive was named the Battle of the Bulge. The assault failed and signaled the downfall of Nazi Germany, and in a matter of months, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker. But this was after the insane body count that stacked up during the operation. According to Seattle Times staff, over 100,000 were killed. In the text it states, "27 cemeteries hold the remains of more than 110,000 dead.." (Seattle Times staff). Those numbers do not include the 39,000 civilians killed during Allied shelling. The fighting was ferocious, and entire cities were razed, shattered like glass. This was the endgame for the war in Europe, but America still had one little problem in the Pacific; Japan.

Very rarely has the United States ever been attacked on its own soil. The Pearl Harbor attack is what brought America into the second World War. It is a day that still lives in great infamy, and what spawned extreme detestation towards the Japanese in the hearts of Americans. But this little attack on a harbor was nothing compared to what happened to Japan four years later. On August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber dropped the Atomic bomb that extinguished thousands of souls. Within seconds, Hiroshima was a desolate sizzling carcass. To pour salt into this burning wound, the United States dropped yet another Atomic bomb three days later, this one on Nagasaki. Staff from History.com states that the second bomb killed "an estimated 40,000 people" (History.com, staff). The combined total of eradicated innocents was 199,000, an awful lot more than Pearl Harbor's body count. A percentage of the casualties were not even killed instantly, but instead suffered as the radiation erased them. It is commonly debated whether or not the bombings were entirely necessary. According to doug-long.com, Dwight Eisenhower himself stated his belief that the bombing was uncalled for. In the quote it states, "...my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary" (Dwight Eisenhower). The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is easily considered one of the most barbaric war acts ever committed by the United States. It is also the only time in history that a nuclear weapon has been used in a time of war.

World War Two was a violent roller coaster loaded with death and destruction. Both sides lost many and made sacrifices beyond comprehension. The end product was a shattered Europe, wreaking from the fallen. Heroes battled demons and demons preyed on the innocent. Over the course of six years, Hell has been raised. Completely brought up onto earth. Six years is all it took to reduce a thriving slice of the world into a charred nightmare. Six years and a handful of powerful men, each with their own motives and agenda. The war changed the path of modern history and revolutionized warfare as a whole. Battle after battle, bombing after bombing, graveyards filled. The Grim Reaper became too busy to escort the fallen to their destination, so he simply brought Hell to Europe. For six years, there was nothing but total war, and every soldier knows that war is Hell.

 

 

 

WORKS CITED

 

"Battle of Stalingrad." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

 

White, Matthew. "Twentieth Century Atlas - Casualty Statistics - Biggest Battles and Massacres." Twentieth Century Atlas - Casualty Statistics - Biggest Battles and Massacres. N.p, Apr. 2005. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

 

N.p. "Why Did Hitler Order an Attack on Stalingrad, Yet Fail to Capture It? - GCSE History - Marked by Teachers.com." Why Did Hitler Order an Attack on Stalingrad, Yet Fail to Capture It? - GCSE History - Marked by Teachers.com. N.p, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

 

N.p. "OPERATION OVERLORD - THE D-DAY LANDINGS." OPERATION OVERLORD - THE D-DAY LANDINGS. N.p, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

 

N.p. "About D-Day: Operation Overlord Facts and Figures." The Seattle Times. Seattle Times, 06 June 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

 

N.p. "Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

 

Long, Doug. "HIROSHIMA." Hiroshima: Quotes. N.p, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

 


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