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World War II Power Point #1


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World War II Power Point #1

  1. 1. World War II<br />By: Anna Yike<br />
  2. 2. Questions to Ponder<br />How do world leaders influence international politics?<br />What factors influenced the US decision to become involved in WWII?<br />What are some similarities and dissimilarities between the war in Europe and the war in the Pacific?<br />How did private civilian leadership influence the development of the atom bomb? <br />How did the Treaty of Versailles define the peace settlements post WW II and how are modern nations still influenced by these terms of peace?<br />
  3. 3. Who was involved?<br />Two Major Alliances<br />The Axis Powers<br />Japan, Italy, and Germany<br />The Allied Powers<br />France, Great Britain (includes the Commonwealth allies), Soviet Union, China, and the United States (includes allies in Latin America)<br />
  4. 4. Important People<br />Adolf Hitler: Nazi Germany<br />Benito Mussolini: Italy<br />Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman: United States<br />Joseph Stalin: The Soviet Union<br />Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill: Great Britain<br />Hirohito (emperor) and Yamamoto Isoroku: Japan<br />
  5. 5. Adolf Hitler<br />Born in Austria<br />Orphaned at a young age<br />Clearly involved in World War I<br />Anti-Marxist and anti-Semitist—Nationalist (German)<br />Spent a number of years in Vienna<br />Jews had an elite presence in Vienna<br />He was anti-Jewish because of this<br />
  6. 6. Important Events<br />Blitzkrieg: Germany Conquers Europe<br />The Fall of France<br />The Battle of Britain<br />Operation Barbarossa<br />The Holocaust<br />Pearl Harbor<br />Dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki<br />
  7. 7. The Holocaust<br />By the end of World War II, the Nazi regime and its accomplices had physically annihilated millions of Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, communists, and others targeted as undesirables.<br />Jews were the primary target because of Hitler’s racially motivated genocidal policies<br />Nazi leadership committed to the “final solution”<br />A solution that would attempt to murder every Jew living in Europe<br />
  8. 8. Allied Victory in Europe<br />By 1943, German forces in Russia lost momentum and faced bleak prospects as the Soviets retook territory.<br />Moscow never fell.<br />The battle for Stalingrad ended in February 1943. This marked the first large-scale victory for Soviet forces.<br />British and U.S. forces attacked the Germans from north Africa and then through Italy.<br />In August 1944 the Allies forced Italy to withdraw from the Axis and to join them. <br />On D-Day (June 6, 1944), British and U.S. troops landed on the French coast of Normandy, overwhelming the Germans.<br />On May 8, 1945, Germany was forced to unconditional surrender.<br />
  9. 9. Timeline<br />