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World War II: Continued. Before the war US enters the war The front lines The Pacific Europe End of War Liberating concentration camps The Homefront Japanese Internment Sacrifice and rationing Women Double V Zoot Suit Riots. Front Lines > Some key events of World War II.

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world war ii continued
World War II: Continued
  • Before the war
  • US enters the war
  • The front lines
    • The Pacific
    • Europe
  • End of War
    • Liberating concentration camps
  • The Homefront
    • Japanese Internment
    • Sacrifice and rationing
    • Women
    • Double V
    • Zoot Suit Riots
front lines some key events of world war ii
Front Lines > Some key events of World War II
  • December 1941 - Pearl Harbor
  • February 1942 - Executive Order mandates internment of Japanese Americans
  • May-June 1942 - US wins naval superiority in the Pacific
  • November 1942 - US lands in North Africa
  • January 1943 - Casablanca Conference announces unconditional surrender policy
  • February 1943 - Soviet victory over Germans in Stalingrad
  • May 1943 - German troops surrender in Africa
  • July 1943 - Allied invasion of Italy
  • June-August 1944 - US lands in Normandy; liberates Paris
  • November 1944 - FDR is elected to fourth term
  • February 1945 - Yalta conference renews US-Soviet alliance
  • February-June 1945 - US captures Iwo Jima and Okinawa
  • April 1945 - FDR dies; Harry Truman becomes president
  • May 1945 - Germany surrenders
  • August 1945 - US drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Japan surrenders
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Front Lines > Wartime broadcasts of Edward Murrow and others from London: Trafalgar Square, Rooftop air raid report, and US bombing run
front lines war in the pacific from the soldiers point of view
Front Lines > War in the Pacific from the soldiers’ point of view

U.S. Marine, Guam, 1944

This foxhole is about two feet deep. Now, I would like to be able to speak louder and with more clarity, but unfortunately, the slightest noise, the slightest rustle, will draw fire not only from the Japanese, who are someplace, perhaps, in the dense foliage around us or up on the ridge, but from our own Marines who are huddled nearby in foxholes like this one. I don’t know how they [the Japanese] do it. We can lie here absolutely breathless listening to the slightest sounds and not see anything—in fact, not hear anything—and then we wake up and find that they’re all around us. And it’s a very tough and tedious job to root them out, [inaudible] them and exterminate them. We lost quite a few people in our unit. A very popular captain was killed.

Yoshida Kashichi, Guadalcanal, 1942

No matter how far we walk

We don’t know where we’re going

Trudging along under dark jungle growth

When will this march end?

Hide during the day

Move at night

Deep in the lush Guadalcanal jungle

Our rice is gone

Eating roots and grass

Along the ridges and cliffs

Leaves hide the trail, we lose our way

Stumble and get up, fall and get up

Covered with mud from our falls

Blood oozes from our wounds

No cloth to bind our cuts

Flies swarm to the scabs

No strength to brush them away

Fall down and cannot move

How many times I’ve thought of suicide.

front lines bill maudlin up front stars and stripes 1945
Front Lines > Bill Maudlin, “Up Front,” Stars and Stripes, 1945

“Fresh, spirited American troops, flushed with victory, are bringing in thousands of hungry, ragged, battle-weary prisoners.”

double v members of the united retail wholesale and department store employees union detroit 1942
Double V > Members of the United Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Employees Union, Detroit, 1942
double v march on washington movement flyer ca 1941 and a photograph of march on washington 1963
Double V > March on Washington Movement Flyer, ca. 1941 and a photograph of March on Washington, 1963
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Zoot suit > Clyde Duncan from Gainsville, VA, in the New York Times, 1943 and jazz musician Cab Calloway, 1943
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Zoot suit > Los Angeles police officer pretends to clip the hair of a zoot-suiter; headline from Los Angeles Examiner, 1942
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