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World war ii

World War II

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  • Women’s Auxillary Army Corps (WAACs) women in the army

  • Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs)

    women in the air force


    women in the navy

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  • The entire economy needed to be focused on the war effort.

  • Automobiles → Tanks

  • More women began working in the factories.

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  • Office of Price Administration (OPA) fought inflation by setting a maximum price for most goods.

  • War Productions Board (WPB) - chose companies to produce wartime products.

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  • Rationing - fixed amount of goods needed for the military.

  • Families received coupons to buy meat, shoes, coffee, gas, etc.

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  • About 120,000 Japanese Americans lived in the U.S. (West Coast).

  • Nisei – Japanese born in the U.S.

  • Americans feared attack, invasion, or sabotage.


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  • Executive Order 9066

  • FDR ordered the removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast

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  • Japanese Americans were forced to relocate to work/prison camps.

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  • Korematsu vs. United States (1944) - Supreme Court ruled the Japanese internment camps as a “military necessity.”


    “We can never fully right the wrongs of the past. But we can take a clear stand for justice and recognize that serious injustices were done to the Japanese Americans during WWII.”

    - President George Bush in 1990

War in europe

War in Europe

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  • Allies – Great Britain, Soviet Union, and the U.S.

  • Axis – Germany, Italy, and Japan

    “Germany first”

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  • Battle of the Atlantic . . .

  • Hitler ordered German u-boats to sink American ships.

  • Allies used sonar to detect submarines.

  • ENIGMA . . .

    Allies destroyed u-boats faster than Germany could build them!!!

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  • In 1942 . . . Battle of Stalingrad (Soviet Union)

  • Stalin ordered his troops to defend no matter what (1.1 million lives)!!!

  • Napoleon . . .


  • Soviets now attacked Germany!!!

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  • Stalin begged Allies to open a “second front” in Western Europe.

  • Not ready yet!!!

  • Operation Torch – Allies invaded North Africa.

    **Need to light a torch under Europe!!!**

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  • Erwin Rommel (Desert Fox) surrendered to Allies in May 1943.

  • Allied troops now marched to Italy.

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  • Tuskegee Airmen - African-American pilots who fought successfully in Italy.

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“Big Three”

  • Tehran Conference – Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt met in 1943 to discuss a two-front war against Germany.

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  • READY . . .

  • D-Day (Operation Overlord) – June 6, 1944 - Allied invasion at Normandy, France

  • Nearly 3 million Allied troops


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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded all Allied troops in France.

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  • George C. Patton commanded the U.S. Third Army against the Germans.

  • “Blood ‘n Guts”

    “Lafayette, we are here again”

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  • Battle of the Bulge . . .

  • Hitler lost soldiers and weapons that couldn’t be replaced.

  • Hitler’s last offensive attack . . .

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  • Soviet troops invaded Berlin, Germany.

  • Hitler was dead.

  • One week later, Eisenhower accepted Germany’s surrender.

  • V-E Day – May 8, 1945

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  • Liberated Nazi concentration camps . . .


  • Nuremberg Trials – Nazi leaders put on trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

    “I was only following orders.”

War in the pacific

War in the Pacific

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  • “Germany first”

  • Japan continued to attack islands in the Pacific.

  • General Douglas MacArthur – commander of Allied forces in the Philippines.

  • 1942 - “I shall return”

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  • 1942 . . . Doolittle’s Raid

  • U.S. bombed Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

  • Boosted American morale!!!

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  • 1942 . . . Battle of Midway

  • U.S. destroyed 4 Japanese aircraft carriers, a cruiser, and 250 planes.

    TURNING POINT (Pacific)

  • Island hopping – Allies began winning territory back from Japan island by island.

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  • 1945 . . . Battle of Iwo Jima

  • Launching point . . .

  • Heavily defended by the Japanese

  • 6,000 U.S. marines died

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  • 1945 . . . Battle for Okinawa

  • Fierce fighting in the water and on land.

  • 7,600 Americans died but 110,000 Japanese died.

Should the u s invade japan and risk losing more american lives

Should the U.S. invade Japan and risk losing more American lives?

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  • President Harry Truman . . .

  • Manhattan Project – top-secret project to build an atomic bomb.

  • Albert Einstein . . .

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“I am become death, the shatterer of worlds.”

- J. Robert Oppenheimer

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  • U.S. warned Japan of “prompt and utter destruction.”

  • August 6, 1945 – U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima

  • 70,000 killed on impact

  • Japanese leaders refused to surrender.

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  • Days later . . . U.S. dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki

  • 39,000 killed on impact

  • September 2, 1945V-J Day

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