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1 World War II

2 World War II During the 1930s, Italy, Germany, and Japan, sought to build new empires and their aggression went unchecked until it became impossible to ignore in 1939 With advanced technology, the war covered a larger area and was more destructive than any before

3 Unit Essential Questions
What events led up to World War II? How did new weapons technology affect the course of the war? How were the lives of individuals affected by the war?  What were the major turning points of the war that helped determine its outcome?

4 The Road to War In the 1930s, Italy, Germany, and Japan aggressively sought to build new empires These acts of aggressions went unchecked… Why? The League of Nations was weak Western countries were recovering from the Great Depression Western countries did not want to fight another war

5 Japan Invades China Japan wanted to build an overseas empire
In 1931, Japan invaded Manchuria and the League of Nations condemned the action As a result, Japan withdrew In 1937 the Japanese army invaded China again and established a puppet government in Nanjing The invasion was so brutal it was called the ‘rape of Nanjing’

6 Italy Attacks Ethiopia
In 1935, Italy attacked Ethiopia Although they resisted, the Ethiopian army was no match for the superior Italian Army The League of Nations tried to intervene but could do little to stop the Italian Army

7 German Aggression in Europe
Hitler rebuilt the German army, in direct violation of the Treaty of Versailles In 1936, Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland, an area between France and Germany where German troops were forbidden to go In 1938, Hitler incorporated Austria into the German empire and forced Czechoslovakia to give the Sudetenland to Germany

8 Appeasement Western democracies adopted a policy of appeasement
Nations gave in to the aggressive demands to maintain peace The western democracies responded weakly to German aggression At the Munich Conference in 1938, western democracies agreed that Germany should be allowed to seize the Sudetenland

9 World War II Begins Recognizing weakness, Japan, Italy, and Germany formed the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis Agreed to stop the spread of communism It became increasingly clear that appeasement had failed miserably In March 1939, Hitler took over Czechoslovakia Later, Hitler and Stalin signed a non-aggression pact In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland Great Britain and France declared war on Germany

10 Military Aggression Leading to World War II
1931 Japan invades Manchuria 1937 Japan invades China 1939 Germany invades Poland and takes Czechoslovakia 1930 1932 1934 1936 1938 1940 1931 Japan invades Manchuria 1936 Germany occupies Rhineland 1938 Germany invades Austria and seizes Sudetenland


12 The Axis Powers Advance
Germany, Italy, Japan Allied Powers Great Britain, France Later joined by China, Soviet Union, United States

13 The Axis Powers Advance
At first, Germany and its allies dominated the war Nazi conquers Poland using the tactic known as blitzkrieg In April 1940, Hitler overran Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium By June 1940, the Germans had made it to Paris Charles de Gaulle formed a French government in exile to fight Germany


15 Turning Points of the War
The Axis powers won quick victories early, but there were several events after 1940 that served as turning points in the war The Entry of the US (1941) Battle of Stalingrad ( ) Invasion of Normandy (1944)

16 The Entry of the United States (1941)
Initially, the US declared its neutrality in the war FDR met with Winston Churchill in August of 1941 to declare their goal of ridding the world of Nazi tyranny Roosevelt supplied weapons to the Allies and bans sale of arms to Japan Japan launched a surprise attack on the base at Pearl Harbor on December More than 2400 people were killed and most of the ships in the US fleet were destroyed The entry of the US into the war gave the Allies added strength

17 Battle of Stalingrad (1942-1943)
The Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 After steady advances, Nazi forces stalled at Moscow and Leningrad Hitler turned South in 1942 towards Stalingrad Russian troops and a freezing winter caused the German invaders to surrender in 1943

18 Invasion of Normandy (1944)
The allies invaded France on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day Allied troops were ferried across the English Channel, landing on the beaches of Normandy The Allies moved to Paris and freed France from German control

19 The War Ends The war in Europe ended on May 7, 1945, with the Germans’ surrender Fighting in the Pacific would continue until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945

20 Yalta Conference In February 1945, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in the USSR at Yalta The Allies would divide up Germany Stalin would coordinate division of Eastern European governments

21 Victory in the Pacific Japan was greatly weakened, and the US took the offensive after two Japanese fleets were severely damaged by the US in 1942 US ‘island-hopped’ and advanced north towards Japan By 1944, US had begun bombing Japanese cities but they refused to surrender

22 Hiroshima and Nagasaki
With the war in Europe over, the Allies devoted their resources into the Pacific theater Although their navy and air force were destroyed, the Japanese army remained strong On August 6, 1945, an American plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima The bomb flattened the city and killed 70,000 people A second bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, killed 40,000 people Militants wanted to hold out, but Emperor Hirhohito force the surrender and Japan signed a treaty on September 2, 1945

23 Technology and World War II
Throughout the war, advanced technology led to more power, greater speed, and better communications Technological innovation resulted in more widespread destruction than ever before

24 Civilian Life and Total War
Cities became targets Democratic governments increased their power and ‘commanded’ the economies Once again, women were called upon to work in factories Women served as ambulance drivers, decoders, and nurses

25 Wartime Atrocities The Holocaust ‘Rape of Nanjing’ Bataan Death March
In the Philippines, Japanese soldiers forced American and Filipino prisoners of war on a march up the Bataan peninsula Prisoners were beaten, stabbed, and shot

26 Impact of World War II

27 Impact of World War II Economic Losses
Aerial bombardment wiped whole cities off the map Coventry in England; Hamburg and Dresden in Germany; and Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki were some of the hardest hit

28 Impact of World War II War Crime Trials
During the war, Allied leaders decided they would punish those responsible for ‘crimes against humanity’ Nuremburg Trials led to the imprisonment or execution of 22 Nazi leaders Rudolph Hoess Leaders could be held accountable for their actions during war

29 Impact of World War II Occupied Nations
West Germany and Japan were occupied by democratic governments to help create new democratic governments Soviet Union occupied Eastern Europe and East Germany and established communist governments back by the USSR

30 Impact of World War II The United Nations
In April 1945, the UN is created with two main bodies The General Assembly, which includes representatives from all member nations Each member has one vote The Security Council, with 15 member nations, 5 of which are permanent The US, Russia, France, Great Britain, China

31 Unit Essential Questions
What events led up to World War II? How did new weapons technology affect the course of the war? How were the lives of individuals affected by the war?  What were the major turning points of the war that helped determine its outcome?

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