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HIS 172 Notes for the Semester

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ENGL 3646

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1Fall 2013 HISTORY 172 Prof. Michael Bess
Table of Contents of Class Pack
2 Chronology of major wartime events
4 Guidelines for discussion participation
6 Lecture outlines for semester
30 Grade enhancement option guidelines
31 Exam study guidelines (Quizzes for discussion sections, map quiz, Midterm, Final)
43 Guidelines for written assignments (oral history report, Stalingrad/Yamato essay, “What have I
48 Late assignments policy
49 Suggestions on how to prepare for an exam in this course
52 Suggestions on how to write a successful essay in this course
55 The Arrrgh List
61 Suggestions for further reading/films on World War II
67 Grading criteria for your essays
68 Key to abbreviated essay comments
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Hist. 172 Prof. Bess
Chronology of Major Wartime Events
1 Sep Germany invades Poland
17 Sep USSR invades Poland
30 Nov Finnish-Soviet war starts
12 Mar Finnish-Soviet war ends
9 Apr Germany invades Norway and Denmark
10 May Germany launches Fall Gelb, the offensive in the West
10 May Churchill becomes PM of Britain
26 May Dunkirk evacuation starts
22 Jun France signs armistice with Germany
10 Jul Battle of Britain begins
17 Sep Hitler postpones Operation SEALION indefinitely
27 Sep Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy, Japan
28 Oct Italy invades Greece
11 Feb Rommel arrives in Libya
24 Apr British forces begin evacuating Greece
20 May German airborne forces land on Crete
22 Jun Germany invades USSR (BARBAROSSA)
5 Jul Peru invades Ecuador (It=s true!)
26 Jul Japanese assets in US frozen, blocking all shipments incl. oil
9 Aug Placentia Bay conference: Atlantic Charter by FDR, Churchill
2 Oct Germans commence Operation TYPHOON, aimed at Moscow
6 Dec Red Army counter-offensive in front of Moscow starts
7 Dec Pearl Harbor
10 Dec Prince of Wales sunk off Malaysia; Japanese invade Philippines
11 Dec Germany, Italy declare war on USA
24 Dec Haiti declares war on Bulgaria (!)
25 Dec Hong Kong falls to Japanese
1 Jan United Nations Declaration signed by China, UK, USA, USSR
13 Feb Internment of Japanese-Americans begins on US West Coast
15 Feb Singapore falls to Japanese
18 Apr Doolittle raid on Tokyo
7 May Battle of the Coral Sea starts
30 May First RAF thousand-bomber raid on Germany
4 Jun Battle of Midway
21 Jun Tobruk falls to Rommel
28 Jun Germans launch offensive (BLUE) into Soviet Caucasus
7 Aug US troops land on Guadalcanal
24 Oct Start of final battle at El Alamein
8 Nov Operation TORCH begins: Allied landing in northwest Africa
2 Dec First controlled nuclear chain reaction started in Chicago

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14 Jan Casablanca Conference
27 Jan Eighth USAAF mounts its first rain on Germany (Wilhelmshaven)
2 Feb German forces capitulate at Stalingrad
13 May Axis forces capitulate in North Africa
24 May U-boats withdrawn from North Atlantic
5 Jul Tank battle of Kursk begins
10 Jul Allied invasion of Sicily
25 Jul Mussolini deposed, arrested
8 Sep Italy surrenders; Germans occupy two-thirds of Italian territory
20 Nov US forces land on Tarawa
28 Nov Tehran conference of Big 3 starts
27 Jan Siege of Leningrad ends
6 Jun D-Day: Operation OVERLORD into Normandy
13 Jun Start of V-1 bombardment against England
15 Jun Strategic air offensive against Japan begins
1 Jul Bretton Woods conference starts
20 Jul Hitler assassination attempt fails
8 Sep First V-2 rocket raids against Britain start
12 Sep Quebec conference starts
17 Sep Operation MARKET GARDEN launched
21 Sep Dumbarton Oaks conference starts
3 Oct Warsaw Uprising crushed by Germans while Red Army stands by
20 Oct MacArthur returns to Philippines
24 Oct Battle of Leyte Gulf begins
16 Dec Germans launch Battle of the Bulge
17 Jan Red Army takes Warsaw
4 Feb Yalta conference between Big 3 starts
13 Feb Air raid on Dresden
19 Feb US forces land on Iwo Jima
7 Mar US Third Army crosses Rhine at Remagen
1 Apr US forces land on Okinawa
12 Apr FDR dies; Truman becomes President
25 Apr Soviet and US troops meet at Torgau
25 Apr San Francisco conference starts, launching United Nations Org.
28 Apr Mussolini shot by partisans
30 Apr Hitler commits suicide
2 May Red Army takes Berlin
8 May V-E Day: German unconditional surrender
14 Jul Italy declares war on Japan (!)
16 Jul Alamogordo Trinity test
17 Jul Potsdam conference begins
26 Jul Churchill defeated in British elections; Attlee becomes PM
6 Aug Hiroshima
8 Aug USSR declares war on Japan, invades Manchukuo
9 Aug Nagasaki
14 Aug Hirohito announces Japan=s unconditional surrender
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