Then And Now : 10 Iconic Battlefields of WWII.

After just over 70 years we look back at 11 iconic locations of the Second World War as they were then and as they are now.

WWII Starts – Gleiwitz Radio Station
The Gleiwitz incident was a false flag operation by Nazi forces posing as Poles on 31 August 1939, against the German radio station at Gleiwitz in Germany on the eve of World War II in Europe. Under the pretense of this supposed Polish attack Germany attacked the next day.

The Fall of France – Paris – June 1940
Spring 1940, the Germans have invaded France and after the withdrawal of the BEF, Germany launched a second operation, Fall Rot. While the depleted French forces put up stiff initial resistance, German air superiority and armoured mobility overwhelmed the remaining French forces. German armour outflanked the Maginot Line and pushed deep into France with German forces arriving in an undefended Paris on 14 June. France was now out of the war, Europe was under the Nazi Jackboot.

US Joins the War – Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona
The attack on Pearl Harbor was the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, in the United States Territory of Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States’ entry into World War II.

First Japanese Defeat – Midway Island
The Battle of Midway was a crucial and decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theater. Between 3 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor the United States Navy decisively defeated an attacking invasion fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

The Beginning of the End – Stalingrad
The battle for Stalingrad was a turning point on the eastern front, over a million men died in this battle, The German 6th Army was destroyed and the Germans slowly pushed into a defensive role. Pictured is the Flour Mill, before the battle and as it is preserved today.
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Liberating Western Europe – D-Day / Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944.