Below is an animated map of the progress of WWII day by day from 1 September, 1939 to October, 1945 when the last major units of the Japanese military surrendered. It provides a fascinating view of the way in which the fortunes of the went back and forth.
This is a somewhat rambling podcast that deals with Victory in war and what it really is. I submit that victory is not achieving stability as some recent pundits have asserted but defeating your enemy. I explain why I mean defeat in the Clausewitzean terms of “compelling your enemy to do your will“. I also examine the idea that war tends to extremes but never reaches those extremes because victory is achieved before the logical extreme is reached.