After long, bloody struggles, both campaigns succeeded.

Fifteen facts about D-Day, the 1944 Normandy invasion by Allied forces in World War II, with a map showing showing coastal assault areas; June 6, 2014, is the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy. The Sacramento Bee 2014 []

Admiral Nimitz invaded the Marianas in June 1944.

The turning point in the Pacific theatre came in mid- with history's first great carrier battles.

The Japanese sallied forth to offer battle to the U.S.

So, given these incredible contributions to the war effort, nobody back home could have any doubt that people of color or people of the lesser gender deserved equal rights, could they? Oh, they totally could.

naval contingents under Admiral Spruance.

On the home front, WWII transformed America's culture, technology, and economy. Industry boomed to supply the Allies with weapons and transportation, and ended the for good. Everybody, including women, immigrants, and African Americans, had more economic opportunity than ever before.

After the Battle of Midway, the Allies were able to launch a counter-offensive.

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The Luftwaffe mounted mass daytime raids against RAF bases and later London, hoping to gain air superiority and force Britain to make peace – preparations for invasion began.

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Britain possessed a radar-controlled air defence system and a powerful Royal Navy. Public morale did not crack, high German losses forced a change in mid-September to sporadic and less effective night bombing, and the arrival of autumn weather made invasion impractical.

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The back of the French army was broken. Hitler would gain control over western Europe (and Fascist Italy entered the war). Everything else in 1940–45 was a consequence of this victory. The German blunder of allowing the British Expeditionary Force to escape through Dunkirk was also significant; Britain would remain a threat, and Hitler’s victory was incomplete. But Stalin’s hope for a long mutually destructive war between the capitalist powers was undone; Russia itself was now threatened.

At the same time, the  under General MacArthur with  allies set out to take .

Army Center for Military History.

As we hope you're beginning to see, World War II can't be easily summed up. We've got some stories to tell from the front lines that should prove to you how intricate and complex the war really was. In that sense, it was sort of like our tax code—overly long, a necessary evil, inciting millions of people to want to go out and get revenge.

Army troops overwhelmed the small Japanese garrison on Makin between November 20 and 24, 1943.

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They took place across the globe; some lasting days, others months or even years. But which of the Second World War battles are the most significant? Here, Professor Evan Mawdsley from the University of Glasgow lists the battles that had the most impact upon later military and political events, and indeed the outcome of the war itself

Amphibious assaults were made on  on June 15, on  on July 20, and on  on July 23, 1944.

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The battle demonstrated to Germany (and the USA) that Britain could not be easily knocked out of the war. The Americans sent help; Hitler decided that he needed to invade the USSR.