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World War II December 2, 2013. World War II begins in Europe  World War II started in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland  Adolf Hitler was trying to unite.

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1 World War II December 2, 2013

2 World War II begins in Europe  World War II started in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland  Adolf Hitler was trying to unite all countries with Germans living in them under his Nazi government  There were 2 groups fighting each other during the war –The Axis Powers were Germany, Italy, and Japan –The Allied Powers were Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union

3 The U.S. in WWII  Just like with WWI, the U.S. remained neutral at the start of World War II  However, President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to help our ally, Great Britain  There were laws, however, stating that the U.S. could not sell any weapons to any warring nations  In 1939, Roosevelt asked for and received a new law that allowed Allied Powers to buys weapons if they paid cash and carried them on their own ships

4 Lend-Lease  In 1941, the British ran out of cash to buy American supplies.  In response, the U.S. began lending or leasing weapons to them  Also in 1941, Roosevelt gave lend- lease aid to the Soviet Union

5 American-Japanese Relations  To protest Japanese expansion in the Pacific Ocean, Roosevelt stopped exporting aviation supplies, including fuel, to Japan  Roosevelt also seized all property owned by Japanese in the U.S.  In retaliation, Japan decided to strike at the U.S. Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

6 Pearl Harbor  Around 8 am, on December 7, 1941, sailors stationed at Pearl Harbor began hearing machine gun fire and low-level bombing  Japanese war planes were flying in, dropping bombs, and flying out again  The attack lasted less than 2 hours, but the damage was incredible to the U.S Navy’s Pacific fleet

7 Damage at Pearl Harbor  There were 8 battleships in port at the time, and all were destroyed or severely damaged  More than 180 planes were destroyed  Over 2000 people were killed and over 1000 were wounded  Almost half of the U.S. casualties were on board the U.S.S. Arizona, which sank with most of the crew on board  Today, a national monument is in place over the site of the Arizona’s sinking

8 The U.S. enters World War II  On December 8, 1941, the U.S. declared war on Japan  A few days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S.  The U.S. joined the Allied Powers  This meant they had to fight on two fronts –They faced Germany and Italy in Europe and North Africa –They faced Japan in the Pacific

9 World War II ends the Great Depression  In order to fight a war, weapons and other supplies are needed  When the U.S. began spending heavily in 1941 for defense, new plants and factories were opened  Jobs were created, helping many who were still unemployed find a job  Others joined the military  This allowed for business recovery and unemployment numbers to go down and the economy recovered

10 Georgia in WWII  Georgia played a large role in WWII  Not only did Georgia have military bases that played a part, but new factories were opened in Georgia to build military supplies  Georgia also had respected leaders, both in state government as well as federal government

11 Bell Aircraft  When the federal government decided to build more B-29 bomber airplanes, new plants were needed  One of these was built in Marietta  When the plant first opened, only 1200 people were employed  By 1945, 27,000 employees built planes a month  The plant closed after the war, but was reopened in 1950 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation and is still open today

12 Military Bases in Georgia  Major military bases in Georgia played a role in WWII  Fort Benning trained new infantry soldiers  Fort McPherson received new draftees from all over the country  Airmen from Glynco Naval Air Station, on the coast, patrolled for German submarines  A military hospital operated in Atlanta, Fort Gillem was used for storage, and prisoners of war were held at Fort Benning, as well as others around the state

13 Savannah and Brunswick Shipyards  Cargo ships, called “Liberty ships” for WWII were built at the shipyards at Savannah and Brunswick, on the Georgia coast  The first was launched in 1942 – the U.S.S. James Oglethorpe  All together, both shipyards had produced 187 ships by the end of the war

14 Richard B. Russell  Russell became Georgia’s governor in 1931  He tried to run the state as a successful business, which helped ease some of the problems brought on by the Depression  In 1932, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he supported strong national defense during WWII  He went on to become an advisor to 6 future presidents

15 Carl Vinson  Carl Vinson served 25 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1914 to 1965  Vinson represented Georgia’s interest in the military during WWI and WWII  He helped promote a strong national defense, both during WWII and after  He retired to his farm in Milledgeville in 1965

16 The Holocaust  Meanwhile, in Europe, Hitler believed that the German people were superior to everyone else –He wanted to destroy others who he believed to be inferior  He particularly hated people of the Jewish race –In 1942, Hitler ordered the destruction of Europe’s entire population of Jews  Jews were captured and put into concentration camps, like Auschwitz and Dachau  The Holocaust is the mass murder of millions of Jews and other people by the Nazis during WWII

17 Georgia Remembers the Holocaust  In 1986, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust was established  The Commission tries to foster tolerance, good citizenship, and character development in young Georgians  It hopes to lead a new generation beyond racism

18 Franklin Roosevelt’s Connection to Georgia  Roosevelt suffered from polio, which is a disease that damages the nervous system and can cause paralysis  In 1924, Roosevelt began visiting Warm Springs, GA as treatment for his polio  When he became president, his Warm Springs house became known as the Little White House  On April 24, 1945, Roosevelt died while at the Little White House after suffering a stroke

19 The End of WWII  Roosevelt’s vice-president, Harry Truman, became president after Roosevelt’s death  He guided the U.S. through the end of the war in Europe, with the death of Hitler and Germany’s surrender in May 1945  He also made the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan, ending the war in the Pacific in September 1945.

20 Questions…  1) Who were the 2 sides in WWII?  2) Who were Axis Powers in WWII?  3) Who were Allied Powers in WWII?  4) How was the U.S. helping the Allied Powers before entering the war?  5) Describe the Lend-Lease program.  6) Why did the Japanese decide to attack Pearl Harbor?  7) When was the attack at Pearl Harbor?  8) Describe the damage after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.  9) Which side did the U.S. fight on in WWII?  10) How did WWII end the Great Depression?  11) What type of plant was built in Marietta and what specifically did it build?

21 More Questions…  12) How were different military bases used in Georgia? Be specific!  13) What was built at the Savannah and Brunswick shipyards during WWII?  14) How did Richard Russell ease the Depression while he was governor?  15) What did Russell support while he was in the U.S. Senate?  16) What interest did Carl Vinson represent for Georgia during the WWI and WWII?  17) What is the Holocaust?  18) How does Georgia remember the Holocaust?  19) Where did Roosevelt go in Georgia to ease his polio symptoms?


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