WH end of World War II

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WH end of World War II

  1. 1. The End of World War II
  2. 2. Battle of the Bulge Dec. 1944• Hitler’s last counter-strike• “Nuts”• German teenagers• U.S. and Brits crush it
  3. 3. Liberation of the camps
  4. 4. Yalta Conference (Feb 1945) zones of USSR &occupation Japanformation border disputesof the U.N. meeting of the “big three”
  5. 5. The Fall of Berlin--May 1945Eisenhower and StalinHitler’s proclamation & suicide (4/30/45)V-E Day 8 May 1945--Germany “ceased to exist”
  6. 6. DresdenHamburg Berlin
  7. 7. Potsdam Conference (July 1945) • reparations • three D’s for Germany• Japan must surrender or face “a rain of ruin from the air”
  8. 8. The Pacific Theater• USSR invades China• U.S. island hopping• goal: unconditional surrender
  9. 9. Lessons Learned from WW II:How to prevent WW III? Occupy Rebuild--Marshall Plan New constitutions Trials for war criminals military restrictions effective int’l organization
  10. 10. Decision to drop the a-bomb “little boy” • Arguments FOR • Arguments AGAINST
  11. 11. Impact of the a-bomb on Hiroshima
  12. 12. More Hiroshima
  13. 13. And More Hiroshima

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