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1 Victory in Europe and the Pacific Good Prevails Over Evil!

2 Nazis Defeated Hitler commits suicide – May 7, 1945Hitler commits suicide – May 7, 1945 VE Day – Victory in Europe – May 8, 1945VE Day – Victory in Europe – May 8, 1945

3 Reasons for Defeat Location of GermanyLocation of Germany Hitler had complete control over military decisions – Made poor choicesHitler had complete control over military decisions – Made poor choices Underestimated the Soviet UnionUnderestimated the Soviet Union Productivity of the USProductivity of the US Allied bombings hinder German productivityAllied bombings hinder German productivity Lack of oil limits LuftwaffeLack of oil limits Luftwaffe

4 Struggle for the Pacific Bataan Death March – 10,000 Filipino soldiers forced to march 65 milesBataan Death March – 10,000 Filipino soldiers forced to march 65 miles Island Hopping –Island Hopping – Recapture Japanese held islands Recapture Japanese held islands while passing others by while passing others by –Islands serve as stepping stones to meet next objective to meet next objective

5 Defeat of Japan Kamikaze – Pilots who undertook suicide missions, crashing their planes into American WarshipsKamikaze – Pilots who undertook suicide missions, crashing their planes into American Warships

6 Manhattan Project Create an Atomic Bomb in New MexicoCreate an Atomic Bomb in New Mexico Should we use it?Should we use it? Issued a warning to JapanIssued a warning to Japan Hiroshima – Aug 6, 1945 destroyedHiroshima – Aug 6, 1945 destroyed 4 sq. miles – 70,000 people 4 sq. miles – 70,000 people Nagasaki – Aug 8 1945 – 40,000 peopleNagasaki – Aug 8 1945 – 40,000 people Aug 10 – Emperor Hirohito surrendersAug 10 – Emperor Hirohito surrenders Sept 2 – Formal surrender on USS MissouriSept 2 – Formal surrender on USS Missouri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n1rqHo4 XyMvideohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n1rqHo4 XyMvideovideo

7 The Effects of WWII 50 Million dead50 Million dead Destruction of TerritoryDestruction of Territory 20 million refugees20 million refugees Horrors of the HolocaustHorrors of the Holocaust –Nuremburg Trials – Leaders held accountable OccupationOccupation United NationsUnited Nations Creation of Israel – Restructuring of Middle East linesCreation of Israel – Restructuring of Middle East lines –Israel Created – In part because of the Holocaust –Gives Jews a place of their own – Angers many in the Middle East –Middle East is divided - redraw national lines without regard for ethnicity, religion, or culture – Creates major world problems Cold War – Different opinion for EuropeCold War – Different opinion for Europe –Stalin Spread CommunismSpread Communism Create a buffer zone against GermanyCreate a buffer zone against Germany


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