Kursk and Sicily

World War II: Fall of the Third Reich

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Kursk and Sicily

World War II in Europe from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (12 July 1943)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

By mid-1943, the Axis situation was rapidly deteriorating with Germany losing its foothold in North Africa and being forced to put its submarine campaign on hold while Allied bombers brought increasing terror to the Fatherland. Hitler's solution was a new offensive in the East, but the Russians were ready for his assault on Kursk and the Western Allies diverted his attention by invading Sicily.

Main Events

Battle of the Ruhr

Allied strategic bombing campaign

Allies capture Tunis

German naval command abandons attacks on North Atlantic convoys

German offensive against Kursk salient

Allies land in Sicily

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