The Axis Campaign
a historical event
My name is Ludwig Beilshmidt. I am a German soldier and I will be giving you an overview of World War II in light of the Axis Powers' campaigns and famous battles. Along the road I and others have taken pictures that will help you visually understand each event. I will also be adding my own imput throughout this presentation, and my notes will be in brackets [ ]
Darn West, you really are such an uptight guy! I'm Gilbert Beishmidt, the awesome older brother and the one who will actually help this whole thing make sense through my witty, awesome comments in parenthesis ( )!
April 9 1940: German troops invade Denmark and Norway simultaneously. Very little opposition by the surprised Danes, with Copenhagen being captured within 12 hours. Germans make sea-borne landings in Norway at Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Trondheim and Narvik. This surprised the Allies, who also made plans to invade Norway.
(Haha! Should've gotten there sooner, stupid Allies!)
August 2 1941: All radios in Norway are confiscated.
[Think of it as like all internet access was taken down. This drove people to riots, even tipping over cars]
(MAN WAS THAT FUN!!! XD )
May 5 1945: German forces in Denmark surrender.
(Of course I, the awesome Gilbert, wasn't there, or we would've won)
[You were in Denmark, dear bruder.]
May 10, 1940: The german's invaded both Belgium and France. While the France was an allied power, Belgium was neutral but was still invaded.
The Belgian's surrendered on May 28,1940 while the French surrendered on June 22, 1940.
France thought he was safe because of his border fortifications however the German Blitzkrieg ignored and attacked France.
[That was a grave time. I remember how so many people were in constant turmoil because of the bombings]
July - October 1940: Battle of Britain, also known as the attempted invasion of Great Britain by the Germans. During this battle, The Germans used a war tactic called Blitzkrieg also called Lighting war where the German's intensely bombed Great Britain affecting its citizens.
(I would be affected too, if I was intensely bombed!)
[Gilbert, this is no laughing matter. Many people died because of the Blitzkrieg]
(Bet the people who died were really affected lolz)
However, Britain could withstand the bombings because of superior air force tactics and sturdy leadership
[See, even under attack they could still band together and fight. A mark of a good soldier]
1941 *German Forces Invade Greece and Yugoslavia -The Germans invaded
> Yugoslavia, after a coup in Belgrade that overthrew the pro-German
> government and replaced it with one committed to neutrality. At the same
> time, the Germans invaded Greece. German troops reached Athens by April 27.
> Britain was able to send 48,000 of the 60,000 members of its expeditionary
> force to Greece.
(Actually, the German army had to clean up after the Italian army more than once, and man were they annoyed! Mein Gott the Italians were stupid!)
[I have to agree with that. I once was training an Italian soldier named Feliciano Vargas, and all he did was run away, eat, and talk to girls. He had a strange fascination for pasta though]
Under the codename Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 in the largest German military operation of World War II.
(Meh, not much here. I wasn't there that day, probably why it had such an unawesome name! Nah, I was eating wurst with my cute little Gilbird!)
The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade was a prolonged military operation resulting from the failure of the German Army Group North to capture Leningrad—now known as Saint Petersburg—in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last land connection to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, lifting of the siege took place on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and overwhelmingly the most costly in terms of casualties.
(Summary for the less awesome: Germany showed those creepy Soviets who's boss! LIKE A BOSS!! LOLZ!)
The Battle of Stalingrad was a major turning point in World War II and is considered one of the bloodiest battles in recorded human history. The battle was marked by brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties on both sides. The battle is taken to include the German siege of the southern Russian city of Stalingrad, which is today Volgograd, the battle inside the city, and the Soviet counter-offensive which eventually trapped and destroyed the German Sixth Army and other Axis forces in and around the city.
Total casualties for both sides are estimated to be over two million. The Axis powers lost large numbers of men and equipment, and never fully recovered from the defeat. For the Soviets, who also suffered great losses during the battle, the victory at Stalingrad marked the start of the liberation of the Soviet Union, leading to eventual victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
[And that is the end of our tripline presentation. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go make sure Feliciano isn't doing anything stupid. Again.]
(Kesesesesse~. Till next time!!)
- total distance: 5,791 miles (9.320 km)