The Battle for North Africa
Operation Torch, the Battle for North Africa opened the way against entrenched German forces led by Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, and provided Allied troops with invaluable battle experience, paving the way for the eventual Allied invasion of Europe itself.
The Battle for Italy
When victory in North Africa seemed assured, Allied planners turned their attention to Italy, what Churchill called "the soft underbelly of Europe." It turned out to be far from soft. After fierce resistance in some of the most frenzied battles of the war, the Allies defeated Italy, captured Rome and pushed the Germans into retreat.
The Battle of Normandy
D-Day was the largest amphibious operation in history, but even after the Allied troops successfully captured the beachhead of Normandy, they still had to face a foe whose resilience and tenacity was legendary.