If Stalingrad was one of the decisive battles in World War II, the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, marked the beginning of Nazi Germany’s end in the western front. The combined forces of France, Britain, Canada and the US launched a massive water-borne assault using sea and air bombardments, along with paratroopers. By the end of July, the Allied forces landed more than a million men on the French coast, retaking most of France and forcing Hitler to reopen a settled front.
The final battle of the Chinese Civil War, fought between the armies of Nationalist Party of Kuomintang (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1948-49, resulted in the death of at least 50,000 KMT forces. The rest were either captured or converted. It firmly established Communist rule in China. The two groups had an uneasy alliance under Chiang Kai-shek of KMT and Mao Zedong of CCP, and differing opinion on Soviet Union led to the armed conflict. They started fighting for control in 1927. The CCP victory led to the defection and creation of People’s Republic of China in Taiwan.
It was the last of the decisive battles of the Vietnam War, launched by Viet Cong of North Vietnam against South, the US, and its allies on 30 January 1968, the Vietnamese New Year or “Tet”. Disguised as revelers, Viet Cong carried out a well-coordinated countrywide strike along with 80,000 Communist troops against its opponents. It was the biggest military exercise of either side in the war, and for the first time since 1812, the US was unable to stamp victory.
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