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The Western Front was a military theatre of World War II encompassing Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany. World War II military engagements in Southern Europe and elsewhere are generally considered under separate headings. The Western Front was marked by two phases of large-scale combat operations. The first phase saw the capitulation of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France during May and June 1940 after their defeat in the Low Countries and the northern half of France, and continued into an air war between Germany and Britain that climaxed with the Battle of Britain. The second phase consisted of large-scale ground combat (supported by a massive air war considered to be an additional front), which began in June 1944 with t

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  • The Western Front was a military theatre of World War II encompassing Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany. World War II military engagements in Southern Europe and elsewhere are generally considered under separate headings. The Western Front was marked by two phases of large-scale combat operations. The first phase saw the capitulation of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France during May and June 1940 after their defeat in the Low Countries and the northern half of France, and continued into an air war between Germany and Britain that climaxed with the Battle of Britain. The second phase consisted of large-scale ground combat (supported by a massive air war considered to be an additional front), which began in June 1944 with t
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  • The Western Front was a military theatre of World War II encompassing Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany. World War II military engagements in Southern Europe and elsewhere are generally considered under separate headings. The Western Front was marked by two phases of large-scale combat operations. The first phase saw the capitulation of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France during May and June 1940 after their defeat in the Low Countries and the northern half of France, and continued into an air war between Germany and Britain that climaxed with the Battle of Britain. The second phase consisted of large-scale ground combat (supported by a massive air war considered to be an additional front), which began in June 1944 with the Allied landings in Normandy and continued until the defeat of Germany in May 1945.
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  • Total:
  • * ~3,000,000 casualties
  • 1940
  • 1944–1945
  • * 2,121,560–2,260,000casualties, including 143,400 killed
  • * 537,590 wounded
  • * 78,680 captured
  • 10,561 tanks destroyed
  • 909 tank destroyers destroyed
  • * 164,590–195,576 killed/missing
  • *(~70% of Allied troops and casualties were Americans)
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  • Poland
  • Allies
  • Axis
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Greece
  • (1943–1945)
  • (1940–1943)
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place of military conflict
result
  • * End of theFrench Third Republicand creation of theVichy regime
  • * Occupation of most of Western and Northern Europe by Axis troops
  • * Liberation of occupied countries in Western and Northern Europe
  • * Beginning of theNorth AfricaandEast Africacampaigns
  • * Beginning of theIron Curtainand theCold War
  • 1939–1940: Axis victory
  • 1944–1945: Decisive Allied victory
  • * Strategic stalemate following theBattle of Britain
  • * Fall of Nazi Germany (concurrently with theEastern FrontandItalian Front)
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