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Title: World War II

World War II
By Markie Thomas
How It Began
  • The Rise of rulers with total power in Europe and
    Asia led to the start of World War II.

War In Europe
  • Using the sudden mass attack called blitzkrieg,
    Germany invaded and conquered many European
  • blitzkrieg means lightning war.
  • This attack was a sudden massive attack with
    combined air and ground forces, intended to
    achieve a quick victory.

Nazi Germany
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Was an Anti-communist
  • Was a very forceful leader
  • Had militaristic expansionism.

Fascist Italy
  • Benito Mussolini
  • Was an Anti-communist.
  • Believed in extreme nationalism.
  • Was a charismatic leader.

Communist Soviet Union
  • Joseph Stalin
  • Believed in Communism

Winston Churchill
  • 1874-1965
  • Churchill was believed to be Britains best
    weapon as that nation faced the Nazis.
  • Churchill became the prime minister in May 1940.

  • On April 7, 1933 ,shortly after Hitler took power
    in Germany, he ordered all Non-Aryans to be
    removed from government jobs.
  • This ended up leading to the Holocaust. Which was
    the systematical murder of 11 million people
    across Europe, and more that half of those people
    were Jews.

Jews Were Targeted
  • Even though the Jews werent the only victims in
    the Holocaust, they were the center of the Nazis
  • Therefore Germans hated the Jews.
  • The Germans often used them as their scapegoat to
    hide their failures.
  • They believed that Jews were responsible for
    Germanys economic problems and defeat in World
    War I.

  • Nov. 9-10, 1938
  • Kristallnacht meaning night of broken glass.
  • Nazi troopers attacked Jewish homes, businesses,
    and synagogues across Germany.
  • Around 100 Jews were killed and injured.
  • Some 30,000 Jews were arrested.

Concentration Camps
  • The Jews that werent killed were hauled off to
    these labor camps.
  • Life in these camps were cruel of hunger,
    humiliation, and work that almost always ended in
  • Prisoners were held in barracks that could fit
    1,000 people each. Such as the picture on the
    left shows.

The Final Stage
  • Hitler and his top officials agreed upon a 3rd
    method of getting rid of the Jews to help him
    reach his goal of the master race.
  • What they came up with was killing them with
    poisonous gas.

Extermination Time
  • The Germans built 6 death camps in Poland.
  • Each camp had huge gas chambers that could kill
    as many as 12,000 people a day.

  • Auschwitz was the largest death camp.
  • Prisoners were often lied to when arriving to the
    camp, being told that they were going to take a
  • After all the prisoners were inside cyanide gas
    seeped through the cracks in the walls killing
    them almost instantly.

U.S. Enters World War II
  • U.S. entered in 1941.
  • The U.S. got involved with the war after the
    bombing of Pearl Harbor.
  • The Americans provided economic and military aid
    to help the Allies achieve victory.

Selective Service
  • After Pearl Harbor, eager young Americans rushed
    to recruiting offices.
  • The 5 million who volunteered for the military
    service was not enough people to face the
    challenge of the 2 global fronts (Europe and
  • The Selective Service System expanded the draft
    and recruited another 10 million soldiers.

Women In The Military
  • After the Womens Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC)
    became law, more than 13,000 women applied on the
    first day.
  • In total about 350,000 women served in this.

War Discrimination
  • For many minority groups such as African,
    Native, Mexican, and Asian Americans the war
    created a lot of dilemma's.
  • Even though the minorities were serving for
    their countries they were still racially

  • June 6th, 1944
  • Lead by Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The Allied invasion, code-named Operation
    Overload, was originally set up for June 5, but
    was changed due to bad weather.

Battle of The Bulge
  • October 1944 Americans captured the first German
  • Hitler, being upset, sent out his troops to
    break up allied supply lines.
  • When they did this they created a bulge in the
    lines, while giving it its name.

Roosevelts Death
  • Pres. Roosevelt did not live to see V E Day (
    victory in Europe day).
  • On April 12, 1945, while posing for a portrait he
    had a stroke and died.
  • Later on that night V.P. Harry S. Truman became
    the nations 33rd president.

Atomic Bomb Ends the War
  • With Japan possible of an invasion, Pres. Truman
    saw only one way to avoid invasion of Japan.
  • He decided to use a powerful new weapon that had
    been developed called the atomic bomb.