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WWII and American Involvement

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BC: WWII project for American History Ms.Skinner-Hinton MWF 1-2pm ke103990

FC: WWII And American Involvement | by Kelsey Eckert

2: How did the war start?

3: The war started with growing global concern about Germany's aggressive moves. In March 1939, Adolf Hitler's armies occupied Czechoslovakia. Later on August 23, 1939, the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression pact with Hitler, in which they decided to divide Poland between the countries. This angered the Allied Forces (only Great Britain and France at the time) who had announced previously that if Germany attacked Poland, they would go to war. On September 1, 1939, German forces moved into Poland. The Allied Forces declared war on Germany two days later.

4: How and when did the US get involved?

5: The US became involved in the war when Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack destroyed about 20 warships and 200 aircraft, and killed around 2,400 Americans. The US declared war against Japan on December 8, 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. US involvement in the war ended with the use of atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 16 and 19 of 1945.

6: What countries were involved? | There were two sides to the war. The two sides were the Allies and the Axis Powers.

7: The Allies included: Soviet Union, United States, United Kingdom, China, Poland, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Norway. | Axis Powers included: Germany, Japan, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Thailand, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia.

8: What weapons were used in WWII? | Weapons used during WWII include: rifles, machine guns, grenades, mortars, sniper rifles, combat knives, various aircraft, submarines, tanks, warships, and of course, the new use of atomic bombs.

10: Who was Rosie the Riveter?

11: Rosie the Riveter was the symbol of patriotic female defense workers. She represented the millions of women who found new work when men left for war and positions needed to be filled. Women were leaving their houses for work for the first time and helping with the war efforts. This was a huge change and encouraged women to work while the war waged on and supplies were still needed.

12: How did WWII affect the Great Depression?

13: The Great Depression was ended by the economic boom caused the the need for production of wartime materials. American factories were producing mass amounts of guns, tanks, jeeps, aircraft, and arsenals. American shipyards built 147 aircraft carriers, 5,200 merchant ships, 215 submarines, and 952 other warships between 1940 and 1945. These materials were used by the American government and purchased by allies. This brought America out of the Great Depression.

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