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The coming of the war 1931 1942

The Coming of the War 1931-1942

World War II

Usa ambushed 12 7 1941

USA AMBUSHED 12/7/1941

  • Pearl Harbor/”a date which will live in infamy”- US naval base in Hawaii that was bombed by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941; it brought the US into war and ended the Great Depression at home; FDR stated that Dec. 7th would always be remembered

  • WACS Women’s Army Corps were created to provide defense workers, instructors, lab techs. More than 150,000 women volunteered, 600 received medals and 57,000 nurses served during WWII.

Japanese empire

Japanese Empire

Pearl harbor

Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor

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Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

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Pearl Harbor from the Cockpit of a Japanese Pilot

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USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor Memorial

2,887 Americans Dead!

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Pearl Harbor - Dec. 7, 1941

A date which will live in infamy!

December 7 1941

December 7, 1941

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President Roosevelt Signs the US Declaration of War

Bataan death march and douglas macarthur

Bataan Death March and Douglas MacArthur

Bataan Death March

DooLittle Raids

DooLittle Raids James DooLittle led a raid of 16 B-25s bombers to attack Tokoyo. They killed 50 Japanese and damaged over 100 buildings.

  • Bataan Death March and General MacArthur- 78,000 US and Filipino forces in the Philippines led

  • by MacArthur surrendered to the Japanese; the prisoners were forced on a 60 mile death march

  • with no food or water; 10,000 soldiers died on the march; MacArthur was rescued from the island and promised “I shall return”

Congress and isolationism


  • To maintain the United States as an “arsenal for democracy” in World War II,

  • Congress passed the —

  • A Dawes Act.

  • B Lend-Lease Act.

  • C Open Door Policy.

  • D Good Neighbor Policy.

Usa enters wwii


  • Which of the following events had the GREATEST influence on the United States’

  • entry into World War II?

  • A Adolf Hitler invaded Poland.

  • B Germany sank the Lusitania.

  • C Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

  • D General MacArthur was captured in the Philippine Islands.

Military needs men


  • Which of the following is true of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940,

  • commonly referred to as the military draft?

  • A It required both men and women to register for military service.

  • B It required able-bodied men between the ages of 15 and 65 to register.

  • C It mandated military service for all high-school dropouts.

  • D It was enacted during a period when the United States was at peace.

World war ii 1939 1945

WORLD WAR II 1939-1945

  • Battle of Midway- important naval battle b/t the US and Japan; the US won and it is considered the “turning point” in the war in the Pacific

  • Battle of the Coral Sea-the USA sent USS Lexington and USS Yorktown to stop Japan from taking over Australia. It was a pacific theatre, island hopping halt. Many call it a strategic draw but it forced Japan to call off their attack.

Battle of the coral sea

Battle of the Coral Sea

Battle of midway

Battle of Midway



Bombers batter germany

Bombers batter Germany

Saturation Bombing

Strategic bombing

American military and bombing missions focused heavily on Japanese industrial and political areas.

Tuskegee Airmen were a squadron of African-American fighter pilots. They led 1500 missions and did not loose a bomber. Major effort for civil rights.

  • When British planes dropped massive amounts of bombs on Germany during World War II.

  • The goal of saturation bombing was to inflict major damage.

The homefront


  • During World War II, industrialists in the United States contributed to the war effort

  • by —

  • A increasing the salaries of child laborers.

  • B converting factories into military hospitals.

  • C building houses for the families of soldiers.

  • D making weapons instead of consumer goods.

The home front responds

The Home front Responds

Women & Labor

African-Americans and Labor

Out of 100,00o labor workers, only 240 wee African-Americans.

A. Philip Randolph asserted African Americans did not want 2nd class citizenship. He started the Double V Campaign.

Executive Order 8802 created the Fair Employment Practices Commission to address hiring.

  • Many women went to work.

  • Rosie the Riveter- symbol of the working woman in WWII; encouraged women to get a job to support the war effort; said “We Can Do It”

Usa and japanese internment

USA and Japanese Internment

Japanese Internment camps


Temporary imprisonment

Niesi—slang for Japanese Americans

442nd combat team- an all volunteer regiment made up of Jap-Am soldiers; won more Congressional Medals and other medals than any other regiment; trained at Camp Shelby, MS

  • Internment of Japanese-Americans- FDR signed an act to “intern” or round-up thousands of Japanese-Americans

  • that lived on the west coast and send them to “relocation centers” in the interior of the US; we worried that they might be spies for the Japanese

The government responds

The Government Responds…

  • $42 billion to $289 in 6 years

  • Sold war bonds

  • Production increased

  • Income taxes raised

How did the usa pay for war


  • war bonds- Americans would loan the govt money for the war effort with the promise to be repaid plus

  • interest; made Americans feel like they were contributing in the war effort

  • rationing- when the govt. rationed goods to ensure that essential items were available for the soldiers; also

  • began to prevent inflation (ex. Tires for the rubber; nylon pantyhose for parachutes, etc.)

Technology in wwii

Technology in WWII

  • Technology in WWII- radar detected airplanes, sonar detected ships and submarines, atomic bomb was used to end the war

Victory in pacific

Victory in Pacific

  • Island Hopping Campaigns

  • D-Day liberation of France from German control

June 6 1944 d day overlord normandy invasion

June 6, 1944: D-Day; Overlord; Normandy Invasion

D day


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Normandy Landing (June 6, 1944)

German Prisoners

Higgins Landing Crafts

Making of the atomic bomb


  • Albert Einstein advised FDR to make the development of bomb “secret”. He was a major scientist in the development.

  • Manhatten Project was the code name given to the development of the bomb.

  • Robert Oppenheimer developed the construction of the bomb.

Dropping of the bomb

Dropping of the bomb

  • August 6, 1945

  • American troops drop bombs on Hiroshima

  • August 9, 1945 the USSR invaded Japan and USA bombed Nagasaki.

  • Japan surrendered.

  • Holocaust

  • 12m Jews and others killed

  • Anti-semitism

  • Nuremberg Laws

  • Genocide

  • Concentration Camps

  • War Refugee Board

Bombing of japan

Bombing of Japan

The plane that drops the bombs

The plane that drops the bombs.

Japan surrenders!









Japanese surrender

Japanese Surrender

Bombing japan

Bombing Japan

  • Reasons Truman used the a-bomb- 1) to end the war, 2) to save American (and Japanese) lives, 3) to avoid an

  • invasion of mainland Japan, 4) to intimidate the Soviet Union, 5) for revenge at Pearl Harbor, 6) the

  • Japanese would not surrender and it was the only alternative left

  • VJ Day- “Victory in Japan”; Japan surrenders on Sept. 2, 45

Wwii propaganda

WWII Propaganda

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Mussolini & His Mistress,Claretta Petacci Are Hung in Milan, 1945



  • Italian

  • leader

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Hitler Commits Suicide April 30, 1945

Cyanide & Pistols

The Führer’s Bunker

Mr. & Mrs. Hitler



  • New

  • Federal

  • politician

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  • The campaigns at Iwo Jima and Okinawa wiped out any lingering doubts that the Japanese would resist invaders to the last breath.

  • On July 26, 1945, three weeks after the re-conquest of the Philippines, Allied leaders assembled at Potsdam sent an ultimatum to the enemy: “The alternative to surrender is prompt and utter destruction.”

  • On August 6 the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare was dropped on Hiroshima.

  • Russia declared war on August 8 and overran the Japanese forces in Manchuria. On August 9, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

Major strategies our defense

Major strategies….our defense

  • Island hopping strategy- the Allies would only try to recapture those islands that would help them launch an invasion of mainland Japan

  • Navajo Code Talkers- Navajo Indians were used as code talkers and helped the Allies communicate without fear of having our messages translated; the code-talkers were kept classified until the 1980’s in

  • case we needed to use them again

Big 3 at yalta

Big 3 at Yalta

Topics of discussion

Topics of Discussion

  • Postwar Germany?

  • Eastern Europe, especially Poland?

  • United Nations?

  • Japan?

Yalta jan feb 1945

Yalta Jan-Feb, 1945

Temporary solutions


  • Zones of Occupation

  • Reparations

  • War Crimes Tribunal

Divided post wwii germany

Divided Post WWII Germany

Occupied berlin

Occupied Berlin

Divided europe

Divided Europe

We have a device of unusual destruction

“We have a device of unusual destruction”

Potsdam ultimatum

Potsdam Ultimatum

“unconditional surrender”


“”utter destruction”

How are we gonna fight


  • In order to defeat the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II, the United States used

  • which of the following military tactics?

  • A Blitzkrieg

  • B Genocide

  • C Trench warfare

  • D Island-hopping

The homefront quiz


  • The federal government raised money for World War II efforts in all of the

  • following ways EXCEPT —

  • A selling war bonds.

  • B defaulting on reparations payments.

  • C raising personal income taxes.

  • D borrowing funds.

President truman bombs japan


  • Which of the following contributed MOST to President Truman's decision to use

  • the atomic bomb against Japan?

  • A The belief that an invasion of Japan would cause massive United States casualties

  • B The desire to retaliate against Japanese kamikaze bombers

  • C The need to conserve troops for the war effort in Europe

  • D The desire to demonstrate United States technological superiority

Bombing japan1


  • The MAIN justification for the internment of Japanese Americans after the

  • bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 was to —

  • A protect them from anti-Japanese riots and demonstrations.

  • B preserve the security of the United States.

  • C adhere to the Open Door Policy.

  • D prevent leaks about the development of the atomic bomb.

Major events effects of wwii

Major events /effects of WWII

  • Yalta Conference- Feb. 45; meeting b/t Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill; discussed how to divide Germany among the Allies when the war was over; also included the promise by Stalin to help the US fight Japan and to hold free elections in countries they now occupied; Stalin broke this promise which

  • led to the Cold War

Major effects of world war ii

Major effects of World War II

  • The General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT)was a treaty designed in 1948 to reduce tariffs and expand world trade. GATT was created to develop financial stability around the world.

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights was established. It condemned slavery and torture, upheld freedom of speech and stated that everyone was entitled to a reasonable standard of living.

Effects of wwii

Effects of WWII

  • Nuremberg Trials for war crimes

  • Civil Rights Truman desegregates the military.

The united nations


  • The United Nations is made up of six main bodies, one of which is the Security

  • Council. At the time of its founding, five nations—China, France, Great Britain,

  • the Soviet Union, and the United States—were permanent members of the Security

  • Council. What did these five permanent members of the Security Council have in

  • common?

  • A They were all communist nations.

  • B They were all Axis powers during World War II.

  • C They were all gold-standard countries.

  • D They were all Allied powers during World War II.

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