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Poll: Ten Key Milestones in WW2 Timeline

Why does World War 2 fascinate so much?

There are many reasons for that: the war has impacted history so significantly no one can possibly imagine our modern world without its influence. Secondly, many images are part of our universal heritage: Hitler spitting his hatred to cheering crowds, Churchill's broadcasted speeches, Spitfires fighting Messerschmitts, the "Day of Infamy", bombed cities, the nuclear mushroom, resisting civilians and skeletal people in striped pajamas carrying in haggard gazes the horrifying mark of human barbarity.

All these elements have inspired since the end of the war countless movies and documentaries, among them many masterpieces and maybe WW2's edge over WW1 is its narrative. The various key moments that punctuated these six bloody years were the kinds of turning points that made the reality even more dramatic than fiction. And the narrative is even more effective because the enemy's actions were pretty horrific and ultimately, the good side won (though calling it a clean victory would be an offense to the civilian casualties).

Anyway, not asking for an objective historical answer but just your personal opinion, here are 10 key milestones in the WW2 timeline, ranked in chronological order: which one do you consider the most dramatic or important?

After voting, you might discuss the list here

(the images might not totally correspond to the option's title)

This poll was inspired by the Apocalypse series

Results of 199 votes:

  1. 1.

    Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    THE D-DAY (Jun 6, 44): The Allied invasion in Normandy in Operation Overlord. Why is it significant? Because it was the make-it-or-break-it moment of the war, because it allowed the Allied troops to s…
  2. 2.

    Life Is Beautiful (1997)

    THE LIBERATION OF BUCHENWALD (Apr 11, 45): The Allied army under the commandment of Eisenhower liberating the camp of Buchenwald and discovering the horrific extent of Nazi barbarity. Why is it signif…
  3. 3.

    The Pianist (2002)

    BLITZKRIEG (Sep 39- Jun 40): From the invasion of Poland to the Nazi army literally steamrolling all over Northwest Europe. Why is it significant? Because that's the way it started and if it wasn't fo…

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