America Enters World War II

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America Enters World War II

America Enters World War II

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States took the necessary measures to enter World War II and ensure victory for the Allies.


All men ages 18-64 were required to sign up for a draft; although, the system concentrated on men under 38. Many men volunteered instead of waiting to be drafted in order to choose their branch of service. Eventually 36 million men registered.

Operation Overlord:The largest amphibious invasion that would seize Normandy, France from the German control. There were five beaches the Allied forces planned to invade; their codenames were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. These beaches are still known by the Codenames to this day and many have cemetaries located close by for the soldiers lost on that day.

The Battle of Iwo Jima began on Feb. 19, 1945 and ended March 26, 1945 and was comprised of some of the bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater. There were over 25,000 deaths from both sides.

After the men began to leave for war, women took up their jobs in manufactoring. "Rosie the Rivetor" became a patriotic sign of womanhood.

"Face downward, as far as eyes could see in either direction, were the huddled bodies of men living, wounded, and dead, as tightly packed together as a layer of cigars in a box.... Everywhere, the frantic cry, 'Medics, hey, Medics' could be heard above the horrible din."--Maj. Charles Tegtmeyer, Surgeon, 16th Infantry Regiment, U.S. 1st DivisionThe invasions occured on June 6, 1944 and was over in a day, From the 150,000 British, Canadian, French, and American troops, there were 5,000 casualties.





America prepared on the home front by:-rationing-recycling-salvaging-buying war bonds-and mobilizing the economy to produce more goods for the troops overseas

The Manhattan Project (created in 1942 by General Leslie Groves) created atomic bombs which would be used to level the Japenese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and ultimately end World War II. Hiroshima was bombed August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki was bombed August 9, 1945.

Lauren RouseImages taken from Google ImagesVideos taken from YoutubeInformation from The National World War II MuseumAll Rights Reserved


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