There are many possible turning points for WWII. The most commonly cited turning point for the European theater of the war is the Battle of Stalingrad while the most commonly cited turning point in the Pacific is the Battle of Midway. In both cases, the Axis had been steadily advancing prior to these battles. In both cases, the Allies won major victories, blunting the momentum enjoyed by the Axis and turning the war towards the Allies' favor. In both cases, these battles marked the high point for the Axis and, from then on, the Allies were generally on the offensive.