10 Most Influential World War II Battles

These military conflicts affected the outcome of the war—and some even changed the face of warfare forever.

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  • German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad.Photo Credit: Wikipedia

1. The Battle of the Atlantic

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  • An American scout bomber flies anti-submarine patrol, November 1941.

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2. The Battle of Fort Eben-Emael

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  • Belgian soldiers surrender to Germany, May 1940.

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3. The Battle of Dunkirk

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  • British soldiers fire at low-flying German aircraft during the Battle of Dunkirk.

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4. The Battle of Taranto

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  • A Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber.

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5. Operation Claymore

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  • Commandos watch fish oil tanks burn on the Lofoten Islands.

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6. The Battle of Midway

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  • An American squadron of torpedo bombers prepares for takeoff.

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7. The Guadalcanal Campaign

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  • A U.S. Marine patrol crosses the Matanikau River, September 1942.

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8. The Battle of Stalingrad

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  • The center of Stalingrad in ruins after the city's liberation.

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9. The Battle of Kursk

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  • Soviet troops counterattack during the Battle of Kursk.

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10. Operation Husky

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  • Troops unload supplies on the opening day of the invasion of Sicily.

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