The Great Debate

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CMV Assistant Editor Tom Baker looks to answer a timeless historic question: just when was the turning point of World War Two?

The city centre of Stalingrad following its liberation by Soviet forces on February 2, 1943. Some 500,000 German soldiers became casualties in the fighting and a further 100,000 were captured

Arecent debate among work colleagues here at Key Publishing’s offices resulted in some varied answers that I thought worth sharing.

I don’t remember exactly how the topic came up, but someone asked when we thought the turning point of World War Two was. It sparked some interesting answers from colleagues. Before I get into that, though, it’s probably important to clarify just what ‘turning point’ means. In this regard, it is a term used to describe a single significant moment in a conflict that marks the shift in the course of the war, often leading to a change in strategic initiative or momentum for one side.

Of course, for such a huge conflict which spanned continents and involved multiple powers, it’s almost impossible to pick the ‘right’ answer. It is why no common consensus has been reached among historians after all these years. But that’s what I love about history – the fact that we can debate topics like this with well-reasoned and researched explanations.

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