These military conflicts affected the outcome of the war—and some even changed the face of warfare forever.
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1. The Battle of the Atlantic
An American scout bomber flies anti-submarine patrol, November 1941.
2. The Battle of Fort Eben-Emael
Belgian soldiers surrender to Germany, May 1940.
3. The Battle of Dunkirk
British soldiers fire at low-flying German aircraft during the Battle of Dunkirk.
4. The Battle of Taranto
A Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber.
5. Operation Claymore
Commandos watch fish oil tanks burn on the Lofoten Islands.
6. The Battle of Midway
An American squadron of torpedo bombers prepares for takeoff.
7. The Guadalcanal Campaign
A U.S. Marine patrol crosses the Matanikau River, September 1942.
8. The Battle of Stalingrad
The center of Stalingrad in ruins after the city's liberation.
9. The Battle of Kursk
Soviet troops counterattack during the Battle of Kursk.
10. Operation Husky
Troops unload supplies on the opening day of the invasion of Sicily.