US History: World War II


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US History: World War II

  1. 1. September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945<br />World War Two<br />
  2. 2. World War Two Begins Leaders Come to Power<br />Nazi Germany: Adolf Hitler<br />Communist Soviet Union: Joseph Stalin<br />Fascist Italy: Benito Mussolini<br />Imperialist Japan: Emperor Showa Hirohito<br />
  3. 3. United States Sticks with Isolationism<br />
  4. 4. Hitler Begins His Expansion<br />1936 annex Rhineland<br />1938 annex Austria<br />1938 seize Sudetenland<br />1939 seize Czechoslovakia<br />
  5. 5. Hitler’s Next Goal: Poland<br />Left: Germany signs a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union<br />Above: After the signing, Hitler launches a blitzkrieg on Warsaw, Poland<br />
  6. 6. Axis Powers<br />Allied Powers<br />The Powers Align<br />Nazi Germany<br />Fascist Italy<br />Imperialist Japan<br />First only Great Britain and France<br />Later the Soviet Union, the United States, China, and 45 other countries<br />
  7. 7. Supply aid to Great Britain<br />Set up a military draft even though not at war<br />FDR runs for a 3rd term<br />Above: Babe Ruth’s Draft CardFDR Chooses Neutrality<br />
  8. 8. Attack on Pearl HarborDecember 7, 1941“A date that will live in infamy”<br />
  9. 9. Changes on the Home front<br />Below: Mass production of airplanes<br />Right: Rationing was considered a patriotic duty<br />Above: “Rosie” went to work<br />
  10. 10. Above: A family of Japanese-ancestry marked and ready to be moved into an internment camp<br />Below: An example of the suspicion of Americans towards those of Japanese ancestry<br />Above: A Japanese-ancestry internment camp in CaliforniaInternment of Japanese Americans<br />
  11. 11. Battle at Stalingrad in the Soviet Union<br />Battle at Kursk in the Soviet Union<br />War in the Atlantic<br />The Nazis break their non-aggression pact with the Soviets and attack Stalingrad<br />Stalingrad would be right about here (today it is called Volgograd)<br />
  12. 12. Battle of Normandy in France (aka D-Day)<br />Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium<br />War in the Atlantic<br />
  13. 13. FDR runs for a 4th term <br />Above: FDR’s last vice-president, Harry Truman<br />Top Right: last meeting of Allies Winston Churchill of Great Britain, Franklin D. Roosevelt of the US, and Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union before FDR’s death<br />Bottom Right: Military men reading of FDR’s death<br />
  14. 14. V-E Day: Victory in EuropeMay 8, 1945<br />
  15. 15. Atrocities of the Holocaust Revealed6 million Jews murdered6 million Poles, Slaves, and Gypsies murdered<br />
  16. 16. Battle at Midway Islands in the Pacific<br />Battle at Iwo Jima a Japanese-owned Island<br />War in the Pacific<br />
  17. 17. Battle at Okinawa a Japanese-owned island<br />War in the Pacific<br />
  18. 18. The Japanese Surrender<br />July 1945: Allies meet in Potsdam , Germany<br />August 6, 1945: Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan<br />August 9, 1945: Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan<br />August 14, 1945: Emperor Hirohito announces surrender<br />
  19. 19. V-J Day: Victory in JapanSeptember 2, 1945<br />Right: Emperor Hirohito signing the official surrender to General Douglas MacArthur<br />Far Right: Photo taken in Times Square, NYC on August 14, 1945 by Alfred Eisenstaedt<br />
  20. 20. Picture Citations<br />Slide 2<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 3<br /><br /><br />Slide 4<br /><br /><br />Slide 5<br /><br /><br />Slide 6<br /><br /><br />Slide 7<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 8<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 9<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 10<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 11<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  21. 21. Picture Citations Continued<br />Slide 12<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 13<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 14<br /><br /><br />Slide 15<br /><br /><br /><br />gregorybransontrentsghosthuntersblog.blogspot<br />Slide 16<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 17<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 18<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 19<br /><br /><br />