Technology played a very large role in the outcome of WWII. Very clearly the greatest technological development during the world war II was the development of the nuclear weapons. This development has completely changed the concept of war. In addition, it helped to bring World War II to a close. After the attack on Pearl Harbor the Americans decided to fight back. They created the Manhattan project to develop nuclear weapons. The Americans built 3 bombs shortly: Trinity, Little Boy and Fat Man. The Americans then bombed Hiroshima with Little Boy and Nagasaki with Fat Man. Due to the bombing, Japan lost thousands of people and although it's against their culture to surrender, they did. They no longer could afford the danger of loosing any more people. Nuclear Weapons didn’t only affect the War but the entire world. Countries now had different views on certain countries. For instance if they obtained nuclear weapons they were seen as a way larger threat. The nuclear weapons therefore made a huge impact on WWII.
In my opinion, the most significant turning point for the allies was when they defeated Germany in the battle of Stalingrad. The battle for the city turned into one of the most brutal in World War Two. The reason this is the most significant turning point is because they took Germanys power. During the battle 91,000 Germans were taken prisoner. Due to loosing so many men and equipment, the Germans therefore did not have enough manpower to cope with the Russians. Germany was then defeated. Once Germany was defeated the Allies became stronger. They were now able to help other countries gain their power back and all fight against the Germans. If Germany won the Battle of Stalingrad they would have been able to take control of Russia, which would have made them even more powerful. Germany had to be defeated soon or Europe would have continued to be taken over by Germany. The Battle of Stalingrad was therefore the most significant turning point for the Allies and allowed Europe to take back what they lost.
Winston Churchill’s quote “wars are not won on evacuations” was about the Dunkirk evacuations. The Dunkirk evacuation was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between 27 May and 4 June 1940. Churchill’s quote was said during his 'We shall fight on the beaches,’ speech in June 1940. The quote refers to the trial of strength between French, British and Belgian troops and when they were surrounded in Dunkirk on the beach harbour. If this fight was to go through it would have been known to be very gruesome, and many people would die or become severely injured. Instead of battling they evacuated. Churchill believed that constantly evacuating would only extend the war. When he conveyed his speech to the civilians, he brought to their attention that although evacuating may seem like a good idea in this case it was not. Evacuating may save many lives, however, it does not allow their country to succeed in their goal of winning the war.
Steven Spielberg did a fantastic job directing Saving Private Ryan. The movie starts of with a devastating 24 min battle scene. During the battle scene we are first introduced to "Ryan". Later in the movie, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall found out that three of the four Ryan brothers have been killed in a single week. He then decides that is it necessary that the fourth "Ryan" brother, named James Ryan (Matt Damon), whom is still alive be sent back to the United States. Captain gets the assignment to retrieve James Ryan and give him the news about his family. It is a treacherous adventure for the group of skilled men who Captain brought with him. After losing one of his men in a bombed village, the other soldiers start to question whether losing more lives to save a single soldier is worth it. They end up finding James Ryan however he didn't take the news too well. He made it clear that he is not going home, he wants to fight for his brothers and family.
In my mind, this clearly defined what war would look like and the emotions that come with it. There was a scene that showed a group of men sitting in a room talking about what their lives used to be like. I found that scene interesting because it showed that when you go to war there is not much time to remember important things from your life, however when you do have that time, it is touching memorable. I am not someone who likes to watch war movies however I found this movie extremely captivating and emotional.