Still, it would be 18 more months before the United States would be officially involved in combat in Europe.
Although Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers showed us how massive and dangerous an undertaking it was to try to take fortified beaches, bridges, farms, and towns from an entrenched enemy, there still seemed to be an unnecessary and, according to Stalin, unforgivable time span between Pearl Harbor and D-Day.
So, what were the allies doing?
Similarly, America began a continuous series of battles, large and small across the Pacific, starting gradually in January 1942. Like an old locomotive, her fires started, coal stoked, and steam building, there would be a growing noise, from creaking silence to the roaring cacophony of metal rolling heavily on metal. Controlled chaos, rumbling, hissing, and screaming horns, the machine that was U.S. production would soon become an unstoppable force.
Here is a timeline of Allied activity leading up to the opening of the second front: