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FC: WWII American History Project

1: How did the War Start? Due to political unrest in the countries of Italy, Germany, Japan, and Spain these countries came under dictatorship and fascist rule. Germany and Italy then created a military alliance called the Axis Powers, which Japan later joined.

2: How did the War Start? Continued F.D.R seeing the trouble that was about to erupt in Europe called for the European leaders of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, to meet and resolve their conflicts. This meeting was called the Munich Conference and was held in Germany in Sept. 1938. Through this meeting a policy of appeasement was adopted to avoid a larger conflict, by giving Germany control of Sudetenland. No one knew how far Adolf Hitler would really take his goal of expansion though. It was however made very clear what Germany and Italy's motives were, when Germany took over all of Czechoslovakia by March 1939, and Italy took over Albania on April 7, 1939. Seeing that their countries' securities were in jeopardy Britain and France stated that if Germany attacked Poland that they would declare war. On Sept. 1,1939 Germany moved into Poland, and two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany.

3: What Countries were Involved? | Adolf Hitler Germany | Benito Mussolini Italy | Hideki Tojo Japan | Munich Conference

4: Why and When did the US get Involved? On December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy" Japan attacked the US. Japan attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor, in the Hawaiian Islands, destroying 20 warships, nearly 200 aircrafts, and killing 2,400 Americans. Realizing that the safety of the nation was now in danger Pres. Roosevelt called on Congress to declare war on Japan, and enter the WWII conflict.

5: By having to hire workers, this meant that people would get paid, be able to support their families, and purchase things again. Purchases then caused the economy to grow and be restored. Thus the country was set free from one of the worst events in it's history. | How did the War End the Great Depression? By declaring war on Japan, and entering the WWII conflict, America had to mobilize for war. To mobilize for war weapons, had to be made, which meant factories had to reopen, and hire workers.

6: Rosie the Riveter's Significance: Rosie the Riveter was a symbol of the female defense workers. During the war many men were drafted to serve as soldiers, leaving their jobs behind. Women at this time were encouraged to fill in these positions at factories, or where ever needed, and they were proud to do it. After years of being told they couldn't do the work that men did, they were able to prove those people wrong, gain a sense of self-worth, and serve their country in the process.

7: The Bazooka was used by the United states forces during WWII . It was named after the slight resemblance to the musical instrument, and was very effective. So much so that the Germans copied the design for their own version, called the Panzerschreck. The Bazooka was used in all theatres of the WWII, and was used in battle up until the Korean war. | The Atomic Bomb was created under the secret name of the Manhattan Project. Under the direction of Enrico Fermi, a bomb was created and successfully tested on Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945. It's strength was so powerful, that it could wipe out an entire port and the surrounding area. | Some Weaponry of WWII:

8: In June 1944 Italy fell to the Allied Powers' hands, and on May 7, 1945 Germany surrendered. This left Japan as the only Axis Power not defeated. After the successful testing of the Atomic Bomb on Alamogordo, New Mexico, the Allies on July 26, 1945, demanded that the Japanese surrender, but they refused. Feeling as if it was the only way to end the war, and prevent more lives from being lost, Pres. Truman ordered that the bomb be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Both cities were completely leveled and deaths were estimated to be about 200,000, for both bombs. On Sept. 2, 1945 Japan officially surrendered, and WWII was over. | How did the War End?

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