Got the turning points of the war in Europe? Good! Now, it’s on to the other theater – the Pacific!
Everyone should watch the video below – it will give you a great overview of the entire Atlantic / European theater.
To add to your maps, consult World War II in Europe from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and World War II – A Visual History. This overview map of the Pacific may be helpful as well.
OPTIONAL FOR THE WWII GURUS – FOR MUCH MORE DETAIL – CHECK OUT – Use the links below (and any other reliable resource) to add the Pacific component to your awesome WWII maps.
Mae sure you watch Achieving Victory in the Pacific
- The Philippines – Check out The Philippines (Bataan) from THE WAR and see how the Philippines fell here – here is a great overview of the Bataan Death March, and a primary source to bring it to life
- The Doolittle Raid – Check out the Doolittle Raid on Japan infographic from the Navy and The Doolittle Raid – History Animated
- Midway – The History Channel has a great overview of the Battle of Midway, and the Navy will tell you all about the Battle of Midway as well in an infographic – History Animated has an awesome map about Midway
- Guadalcanal – Battle of Guadalcanal from the History Channel, The Solomon Islands Campaign: Guadalcanal from the National WWII Museum
- If you are interested – Kiska and Attu – Here’s a short one about when the Japanese land troops on the islands of Attu and Kiska , and how about another spiffy animated map about the The Aleutians Campaign
- Island Hopping – Check out Island Hopping from the Smithsonian Channel and this article from ThoughtCO. If you are interested, you can find out more about some of the island hopping battles, including Kwajalein, Tarawa, and Peleliu
- Leyte Gulf – The National Museum of the Navy has a short overview of the battle wth awesome photos, and the Department of Defense has a solid site about the 60th Anniversary, Battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippines
- Iwo Jima – History Animated – Iwo Jima is a great overview of this important battle, and so is the History Channel summary
- Okinawa – The History Channel has an article and a video overview of the battle, another great one from History Animated – Okinawa –
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki – from the History Channel, from the BBC