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World War II Begins. I. Europe at War Again. September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany. WW II had begun Axis Powers – Germany and Italy/Allies – Great Britain and France President Roosevelt declared the US neutral; yet extend aid as much as possible

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i europe at war again
I. Europe at War Again
  • September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany. WW II had begun
  • Axis Powers – Germany and Italy/Allies – Great Britain and France
  • President Roosevelt declared the US neutral; yet extend aid as much as possible
  • 1940, Hitler invaded Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium. By June 1940 Germany had conquered France; leaving Great Britain to battle the axis powers alone
ii america abandons neutrailty
II. America Abandons Neutrailty
  • President Roosevelt transferred 50 old WW I destroyers to Great Britain – Cash and Carry
  • Battle of Britain
    • Germany continuously bombed Great Britain; RAF kept Germans from gaining control
  • 1940, Roosevelt wins a third term
    • Defeated Wendell Wilkie
    • Most Americans did not want to gamble on change of leadership
  • Lend-Lease Act
    • Lend goods to Britain; return or replace after the war
    • Ships were assigned to protect ships carrying lend-lease supplies
iii aggression in the pacific
III. Aggression in the Pacific
  • 1940, Japan joined the Axis powers; US responded by cutting off exports of scrap metal to Japan
  • 1941, Hideki Tojo favored war to eliminate the US and British influence in Asia
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