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World War II Facts

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FC: World War II

1: Part of the reason for going to war against Germany, Japan and Italy is that in March of 1940 the Lend-Lease act was passed stating Roosevelt could direct aid to whomever he wanted. This meant that the US was no longer neutral. The US ended up contributing 42 billion dollars to the war effort by 1945. With Hitler taking over Europe, the FDR saw fit to aid the British and French troops. When the Japanese invaded Manchuria, China, China was in the middle of a Great Depression (like us) so the Japanese quickly got a strong footing in Southern Manchuria. At this time, the United States is good friends with the Russians and the Japanese invading China upset the Russians because the Japanese invading China violated the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 which renounced war as national policy. So, the United States tells Japan if they don't get out of China, we'll stop trading oil with them. They don't so we stop trading oil. Years before the bombing of Pearl Harbor America was wanting a reason that everyone could agree on to join the war. FDR had been wanting to join the war all along, and when the Japanese bombed us 10 years later, it had everyone in such an uproar that no one would back down from the fight.

2: The U.S. joined the war on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor

3: World War Two began in September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany following Germany's invasion of Poland. Although the outbreak of war was triggered by Germany's invasion of Poland, the causes of the war are more complex. Not all countries joined the League of Nations, the League had no power at the time, the League also had no army and since the council only meet 4 times a year and they had to all agree on a decision they were unable to act quickly.

4: The major countries involved include; Allied Powers: Britain, France, China, US, Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, etc), Canada, Australia. The Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan. And by the end of World War 2 there were few sovereign nations who were not involved in the war in some way.

5: The Weapons commonly used during World War 2 include: Automobiles Different variety of guns and rifles, U-boats, Tanks, Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers, Cruisers, Convoys, Grenades, Flamethrowers, Chemical gas, Swords and knives, V1 and V2, missiles, Cannons, Mines, Atomic bombs, Radar (although radar wasn't exactly a weapon but was used to point out air craft approaching, but aided weapons guidance systems.)

6: As we entered war the United States decided to enter a propaganda campaign to sell the importance of the war effort and to lure women into working known as 'Rosie the Riveter'. | Woman had token on new roles to help with the war like Women made rockets, bombs, bullets, cannons, tanks, boats, planes, guns, trucks and more. Other roles included bagging gunpowder, manufacturing artillery shells and other explosives, spray painting, welding, working with chemicals, driving trucks, testing weapons, ferrying bombers and aircrafts and repairing vehicles. | More then 6 million women helped. Every day the women, both young and old, would punch into work at the shipyards, factories and munitions plants across America. During the war the women increased the workforce by 50 percent. Racial barriers were broken as various minority members went to work. Coming from all walks of life, there were those already working who switched to higher-paying defense jobs, those who had lost their jobs due to the Great Depression.

7: WW2 allowed many people to have jobs to produce tanks and other war materials to sell to Great Britain and other countries on the Allies side. Also, The New Deal helped reduce many harsh aspects of the Great Depression but it was World War II that made the real difference. Plus a huge demand for workers to supply them. After the war most of the rest of the world was in ruins and the American economy set the pace for the rest of the world. People were either joining the war or helping in ways or another filing new jobs eventually ending the great depression.

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  • WWII Facts and Photos for my History Project.
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