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Posted on Oct 13, 2010 in War College

MAP OF THE MONTH – Turning Point of WWII, 1942-1943

By Armchair General

Animated map of the turning point of WWII, operations in 1942 - 1943, courtesy of The Map as History.

Armchair General has partnered with The Map as History, a company that produces outstanding animated maps with accompanying narration. Each month, a link to one of their animated maps will be featured on the ACG site.

This month’s map explores the turning point of World War II—the operations in North Africa, the Soviet Union, and the Pacific from autumn 1942 through the end of 1943.


Click on the map above to view animation.

To learn more about the turning points of World War II, click on the titles of online articles below.

Kasserine Pass: Allied Defeat?
Green American troops paid a high price in their defeat at Kasserine Pass—but was this tactical defeat actually a strategic victory?

Edson’s Ridge, Guadalcanal
American and Japanese troops slugged it out on Guadcanal. The fighting was especially heavy at an unnamed terrain feature that became known as Edson’s Ridge and Bloody Ridge.

1943: Operation Restored Hope
Sandwiched between the drama of 1942 and 1944, the year 1943 often doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Italy in World War II
Often treated as if it were a sideshow, the war in Italy was a brutal grind northward.

Battle of Stalingrad: Operation Winter Tempest
As German forces tried to fight through to their comrades caught in the Stalingrad pocket, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin told his commanders that the panzers must be stopped.

What was the Turning Point of World War II?
The answer may depend on how you interpret the question.