US Doolittle Raiders:The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was a group of eighty men who flew into history on April 18, 1942. They were all volunteers and this was a very dangerous mission. Sixteen B-25 bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet, led by Jimmy Doolittle. They were to fly over Japan, drop their bombs and fly on to land in a part of China that was still free. Things did not always go as planned.
German Invasion of Russia:The Battle of Stalingrad (July 17, 1942-Feb. 2, 1943), was the successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad in the U.S.S.R. during World War II. It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with combined military and civilian casualties of nearly 2 million.
US Manhattan Project: The Manhattan Project was the U.S. project during World War II to develop an atomic bomb. It was initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt out of fears that Nazi Germany was developing similar weapons. The project was successful.
Operation Paperclip: Operation Paperclip was the codename under which the US intelligence and military services extricated scientists from Germany, during and after the final stages of World War II. An aim of the operation was capturing equipment before the Soviets came in. The US Army destroyed some of the German equipment to prevent it from being captured by the advancing Soviet Army. The operation proved successful.
Battle of Coral Sea: The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and eastward from New Guinea, was the first of the Pacific War’s six fights between opposing aircraft carrier forces. Though the Japanese could rightly claim a tactical victory on “points”, it was an operational and strategic defeat for them, the first major check on the great offensive they had begun five months earlier at Pearl Harbor.