Im doing a research paper on the role of the US in WWII, which was the only pure WWII option available to me.
I want a really good intro, and am planning to give a brief summary of a battle that completely displays the importance of the US in WWII, including soldiers, US production might (B24 raid?), equipment, and something with a US triumph theme. Im having trouble finding one.
I was thinking of Overlord landings, but that's just a little too well known for me. Im having some trouble thinking of a battle that was important, but also a little less well known.
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12th November 2005
Operation Cobra ? Full air superiority, mechanized infantry, armor superiority in terms of quantity... Lead by two great US commanders, Patton and Bradley.
Oh god thank you... that's perfect.
Iwo or Okinawa or some other junk like that? Combined Air-Sea-Land forces, rediculous amounts of ships and airplanes and shells, the hard chargers of the USMC, seems like a good idea to me.
I really like Cobra. With it showing American success, air power, armor brigade, and good leadership.
Yeah. Im gonna try as much as I can to avoid a "America is awesome1!11!! Thet won wwii by themselves zomglolkthxbi!!1!!!1111!!" standpoint
No son, you write about the Marines. It's a guranteed A
foodmaniac2003;3552714 I was thinking of Overlord landings, but that's just a little too well known for me. Im having some trouble thinking of a battle that was important, but also a little less well known.
Especially since overlord is a more a british operation... :lol:
About US operation i don't remember the name but in sicily, US/Patton has break the resistance of the italian/german while british were stucked and US have taken palerme. It's have been a great triumph for US because the british has taken the lead of the landing sicily and doesn't trust US so had given most of the inland operation to british.
Must be fun to live in a country where the history of its army is still found important and interesting by its schools and teachers. Here in my school, i would be surprised if even one teacher knows about the 18 Day Campaign, the Bridgehead Gent, the Battle at Lys,... Perhaps Eben-Emael would ring a bell, but nothing more.
Well, foodie, IMO Overlord seems like the op the question was designed for because of the logistics problems involved.
As for Cobra, I see drawbacks: 1) at least one (maybe 2?) extremely bad "friendly-fire" bombing incident; 2) the related a) poorly conceived and planned, as well as b) the terribly executed, use of strategic bombers (B-17s and -24s) to perform tactical (close ground support) missions. (Out of fear of friendly fire [note the irony] the bomber lords did "vertical " bombing, which crossed allied lines before coming to German lines, instead of "horizontal" in which they would fly between the two lines. As it was there were many US casualties from sort drops, and many more ineffectual "long drops" which decimated the support units.) IIRC the bombing results in Cobra were mixed at best. But the ground plan and execution seemed to work well.
Maybe a look at Okinawa.
But remember, don't hung up in the mass of details.
Probably just overlord because of the amount of pressure it took off the russians which was pretty much the role the british, americans, canadians, polish, and other small units from occupied countries who managed to escape and fight again especially when you consider the number of casualties. The pacific war on the other hand:uhm:. Might as well just focus a little more on the war in europe.