Why VE and VJ
Brought Hope
The Battle of the Bulge
• By the end of 1914, Hitler
knew he was losing badly.
The Germans launched
one last offensive whi...
VE Day
• Soviets from the East
and Americans/British
to the West entered
Germany.
• Germany surrendered
on May 7, 1945.
• ...
Back East….
• The US continued Island Hopping closer and closer
to Japan.
• The last two major battles were Iwo Jima and
O...
The Decision
• The Japanese had
trained their people to
fight to the death.
• Americans knew this.
• To stop a potentially...
VJ Day
• Shortly after the
bombings, Japan
announced it would
surrender.
• Officially, this took
place on September 2,
194...
The Worst Was Just Coming Out
• Throughout the war, the Holocaust had been carried
out by the German Nazis, claiming the l...
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  1. 1. Why VE and VJ Brought Hope
  2. 2. The Battle of the Bulge • By the end of 1914, Hitler knew he was losing badly. The Germans launched one last offensive which became known as the Battle of the Bulge. • Initially, Germany broke through the Allied Lines (creating a small “bulge” hence the battle’s name), the Allies came back for a win and drove the Germans back. Members of the NC National Guard At the Battle of the Bulge!
  3. 3. VE Day • Soviets from the East and Americans/British to the West entered Germany. • Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. • By this point, Hitler was dead…..or was he?
  4. 4. Back East…. • The US continued Island Hopping closer and closer to Japan. • The last two major battles were Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
  5. 5. The Decision • The Japanese had trained their people to fight to the death. • Americans knew this. • To stop a potentially costly invasion of the mainland, President Truman dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and bombed Nagasaki three days later.
  6. 6. VJ Day • Shortly after the bombings, Japan announced it would surrender. • Officially, this took place on September 2, 1945. • The war officially ended then, though some Japanese would continue fighting for a while afterwards.
  7. 7. The Worst Was Just Coming Out • Throughout the war, the Holocaust had been carried out by the German Nazis, claiming the lives of more than six million Jews and numerous others. • It is the worst genocide (mass killing) in modern times. Unfortunately, it was not the last.
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