Hitler’s Other Biggest Blunder?
Invading Britain was a costly error for the Axis. It
united the British in a way that Hitler didn’t imagine.
It also cost him a lot of soldiers and planes he couldn’t
Hitler then made a bigger mistake and invaded the
U.S.S.R. and broke his alliance with them.
The Germans failed to take Leningrad and Moscow,
losing half a million soldiers for nothing.
Neutrality No More!!!
Despite passing the
Neutrality Acts which said
America would neither loan
money or sell weapons to
countries at war, Roosevelt
quickly realized America
had to be involved in the war
in some way to save the
Allies and defeat the Axis!
Cash and Carry
In 1939, Congress amended its
isolationist policy of neutrality
to allow(ed) the US to sell
weapons to the Allies that were
paid for with cash and
transported (cash and carry
policy) on their own ships, once
again seeking a solution
different from that which drew
the US into WWI. (How is this
Many grocery stores used to deliver!
The Lend-Lease Act
Requiring the Allies to come pay for stuff and take it
away was apparently too much work.
So Congress passed the Lend-Lease Act which said
that the president could loan stuff (weapons and
vehicles) to the Allies as he wanted.
Japanese Aggression Gone Bad
Japan invaded French Indochina (Vietnam)causing
America to put an oil embargo (blocking a country
from getting something) on the Japanese.
Pearl Harbor Wakes a Sleeping Giant
The Japanese attacked the
American fleet at Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii (not yet a
state) on December 7, 1941.
The next day America
declared war on Japan.