WWII: Part 4 The Great Struggle

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WWII: Part 4 The Great Struggle

  1. 1. WWII Part IVThe Great Struggle
  2. 2. Allies Vs. Axis Nazi Germany Kingdom of Italy Empire of Japan
  3. 3. The “Big Three” of the Allies Included• United States• Great Britain• Soviet Union
  4. 4. The Axis Powers Included• Germany• Italy• Japan
  5. 5. A Two Front WarWWII was fought in Europe and the Pacific.
  6. 6. The Pacific Theater
  7. 7. Stopping the JapaneseAmerican forces won a major sea and air battle at Midway Island.
  8. 8. General Douglas MacArthur• Led the Pacific Theater with a tactic called island-hopping.
  9. 9. Island-Hopping-• US forces would attack key islands one by one, moving closer and closer to Japan.
  10. 10. TheEuropeanTheater
  11. 11. Driving Back the Germans• In 1942 the Allies begin to defeat the Germans in Africa.• May 1943 the Germans are forced out of North Africa.
  12. 12. General Dwight D. Eisenhower• Directs the invasion of Southern Europe and Italy.
  13. 13. Down Goes Italy• As the Allies advance, the Italians overthrow Mussolini and surrender.
  14. 14. June 6, 1944 D-Day• The day the Allies, under the command of General Eisenhower, invade German occupied France.(Opening scene from Saving Private Ryan)
  15. 15. Meanwhile, the Soviets aredriving the Germans back across Poland.
  16. 16. By February 1945, Soviet troops were just outside Berlin, Germany.
  17. 17. On April 30, 1945 Adolph Hitler takes his own life.
  18. 18. On May 7, 1945 the Germans surrender.The fight for Europe is over.
  19. 19. What about the Japanese!?!
  20. 20. Island-Hopping Toward JapanAllied forces finally get close enoughto Japan to make air raids on major cities.
  21. 21. No Surrender• Despite heavy losses the Japanese refuse to surrender.
  22. 22. FDR Passes the Torch• In April 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies, and Harry S Truman becomes president.
  23. 23. Decisions, Decisions• With the Japanese refusing to surrender Truman has to decide to invade Japan with soldiers or drop the newly developed atomic bomb on Japan.
  24. 24. Manhattan Project• Manhattan Project is the name for the secret program to design the Atomic Bomb.
  25. 25. HiroshimaOn August 6, 1945 the first atomic bomb lands on the Japanese city Hiroshimakilling between 80,00 and120,000 people instantly.
  26. 26. Nagasaki• Three days later another atomic bomb is dropped on the city of Nagasaki killing between 35,000 and 74,000 people.
  27. 27. On August 15, 1945 the Japanese surrender.
  28. 28. Post War Peace• What will happen next? – Will the United States and Soviet Union emerge as the two super powers of the world? – Will the Allies become divided in their plans for the defeated Axis Powers? – Will the German and Japanese commanders be punished for their crimes against humanity?
  29. 29. To BeContinued…

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