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1 Chapter 17 WWII & Its Aftermath

2 Section 1: From Appeasement to War
What events unfolded between Chamberlain’s declaration of “peace for our time” and the outbreak of a world war?

3 Aggression Goes Unchecked 1930s
Mussolini, Hitler and leaders of Japan viewed desire for peace as weakness and responded with new acts of aggression Japan  Manchuria & Eastern China Italy  Ethiopia Hitler  Goes against Treaty of Versailles Spain  Civil War

4 APPEASMENT Giving into the demands of an aggressor to keep the peace

5 Reasons for Appeasement:
France demoralized and weak; could not take on Hitler without British support British no desire to confront Hitler; believed terms of Treaty of Versailles were too harsh Widespread pacifism: opposition to all war Saw Hitler and fascism as the lesser of two evils! …Hitler vs. Soviet Communism


7 Neutrality Acts US Foreign Policy (1930s) – Passed by Congress
Forbade the sale of weapons to any nation at war No loans to warring nations No Americans allowed on ships of warring nations GOAL: to prevent US from getting involved in another war!!!!!

8 AXIS POWERS Rome-Berlin-Tokyo
Capital Rome Berlin Tokyo Country Italy Germany Japan Leader Mussolini Hitler Tojo Rome-Berlin-Tokyo They agreed to fight Soviet Communism & not interfere with one another’s plans for territorial expansion

9 Spanish Civil War 1936, a local struggle in Spain polarized public opinion throughout Europe. It started in 1931, when popular unrest against the old order forced the king to leave Spain. Leftist demanded more radical reforms and the conservatives (backed by the military) rejected change. FRANCISCO FRANCO: CONSERVATIVE GENERAL LED A REVOLT THAT TOUCHED OFF A BLOODY CIVIL WAR. LOYALIST NATIONALIST Supporters of the republic Fascist right-winged supporters Communists, Socialist, and those who wanted democracy FRANCISCO FRANCO Hitler and Mussolini sent arms to help Franco Soviet Union and Spanish Loyalist helped FRANCO triumphed in 1939.

10 German Aggression Continues
Hitler continued to pursue his goal of bringing all German-speaking people into the Third Reich. He also took steps to gain living space for Germans in Eastern Europe. German Aggression March 1938 Anschluss: Union of Austria & Germany September 1938 Sudetenland March 1939 Czechoslovakia August1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact September 1939 Invasion of Poland

11 “Peace for our time” British Prime Minister: Neville Chamberlain
Munich Conference (Sep1938) British and French leaders chose appeasement They caved in to Hitler’s demands and then persuaded Czechs to surrender Sudetenland The MUNICH PACT was thought to have saved Europe from destruction

12 Nazi-Soviet Pact Germany & Soviet Union
This bound Hitler & Stalin to peaceful relations Secretly, the two agreed not to fight if the other went to war and to divide up Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe between them The pact was based not on friendship or respect but on mutual need

13 SEPTEMBER 1ST, 1939 WWII BEGINS Invasion of Poland
A week after the Nazi-Soviet Pact, German forces invade Poland Two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany WWII BEGINS

14 Section 2: The Axis Advances
Which regions were attacked and occupied by the Axis powers, and what was life like under their occupation?

15 German invasion of Poland. WWII Begins!
Diplomacy and compromise had not satisfied the Axis powers’ hunger for empire. Western democracies had hoped that appeasement would help establish a peaceful world order. But Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and imperial Japan plunged ahead with their plans for conquest! September 1st, 1939 German invasion of Poland. WWII Begins!

16 Blitzkrieg “Lightning War”

17 Lightning War - tactic of overwhelming the enemy force
German planes bomb all airfields, factories, and cities 2. Tanks and troop transports quickly move in to eliminate all other threats on the ground (soldiers/citizens)

18 Luftwaffe German Air force They bombed: Airfields Factories Cities

19 Poland Dismantled USSR took lands promised to them in the Nazi-Soviet Pact The polish army fought back unsuccessfully Within a month, Poland ceased to exist GERMANY attacked from the WEST USSR attacked from the EAST


21 The Spring Offensive - -Hitler passed the winter (Dec 1939-Feb 1940) without further military action. April 1940 - Hitler launched the blitzkrieg against Norway and Denmark, both quickly fell to the Germans. - German troops then attacked the Netherlands and Belgium.


23 Miracle at Dunkirk France prepared for attack and hunkered down behind the Maginot Line Great Britain sent troops to strengthen the French Lines The Germans bypass the Maginot Line and pierce the French Lines French & British begin retreating towards the English Channel

24 Miracle at Dunkirk - Retreating British forces were soon trapped between the advancing Nazis and the waters of the English Channel - The British sent all available naval vessels: merchant ships, fishing boats, and even passenger ships to pluck stranded troops off the beaches of Dunkirk. - This "Armada" ferried more than 300,000 troops to safety in Britain.




28 France falls to the Germans
- The German army attacked from the North and then marched South towards Paris. - Italy declared war on France and attacked from the south. - France quickly surrendered (June 22, 1940) - Germans occupied France and established a "Puppet Government" with its capital in Vichy. - The French that escaped to Britain established their own government (in-exile) led by General Charles de Gaulle. They organized a French resistance movement to fight the Germans at home.



31 Operation Sea Lion The German plan for invading Britain.
With the fall of France in June 1940, Great Britain stood alone in Western Europe. Hitler planned on Britain surrendering… British Prime Minister – Winston Churchill He rallied his citizens to FIGHT

32 The London Blitz Aug. 1940 - German bombers begin a daily
bombardment of England's Southern coast. - The British Royal air force fought to protect the nation - The German air force changed their tactics and began to bomb civilian targets instead of military ones. - bombed cities in and around London  - Germans bombed London for 57 straight days - 40,000 were killed and most of London was demolished




36 The Blitz fails - the bombing had the reverse effect on British citizens - they became more determined to fight the Germans - Operation Sea Lion was canceled and Hitler set his eyes on a new target - the Soviet Union. - This decision would ultimately cost German the war

37 Africa & the Balkans Axis Armies push into Northern Africa
Germany’s brilliant commander “The Desert Fox” – General Erwin Rommel Under his command, the Germans force the British to retreat By 1941, the Axis Powers controlled MOST of Western Europe!!!

38 Operation Barbarossa The German invasion of the Soviet Union
After the failure of Britain, Hitler turned his military might to a new target – the SOVIET UNION!

39 3 million German troops invade the Soviet Union
Stalin was caught off guard and was still hurting from the Great Purge. Soviets lost 2 ½ million soldiers trying to fend off the invaders As the Soviets retreated, they destroyed factories and farm equipment, and burned crops to keep them out of enemy hands. This is known as scortched-earth policy.

40 Siege of Leningrad 1941, the 2 ½ year siege of Leningrad began
More than a million Leningraders died in the siege, BUT THE CITY DID NOT FALL TO THE GERMANS!

41 Hitler’s New Order Grew out of his racial obsession…belief in the “MASTER RACE” The inferior races were shoved aside for more LIVING SPACE for the Germans, the strongest of the Aryans. Occupied lands were an economic resource Concentration Camps & Death Camps

42 American Involvement Grows
When the war began, the US declared its neutrality FDR found ways around the Neutrality Acts to provide aid and supplies to Britain LEND-LEASE ACT: allowed the US to sell or lend war materials to “any country whose defense the President deems vital to the defense of the United States.”

43 Japan From the late 1930s, Japan had been trying to conquer China
To stop Japanese Aggression, the US banned the sale of war materials, such as iron, steel, and oil to Japan. THIS ANGERED JAPAN!

44 Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941
“A date which will live in infamy” – FDR Japanese airplane bombed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii The attack took the lives of 2,400 people and destroyed battleships and aircraft It DIRECTLY brings the US into WWII

45 Japanese Internment As a result of Pearl Harbor, Japanese American and Japanese Canadians are placed in Internment Camps.

46 Section 3: The Allies Turn the Tide
How did the Allies begin to push back the Axis powers?

47 Total War When the nation devotes its entire resources to the war effort.

48 Governments Begin to Increase Their Power
They directed economic resources into the war effort Food rations War bonds Prices and wages regulated Rights of citizens were limited Press was censored Propaganda to win public support Japanese Internment Camps

49 “Rosie the Riveter” As men joined the military, millions of women around the world replaced them in essential war industry jobs. They built ships, planes and produced munitions British and American women served in the armed forces in auxiliary roles: the drove ambulances, delivered airplanes, and decoded messages


51 Turning Point of the War
The years marked the turning point of the war. The Allies won victories on four fronts- the Pacific, North Africa & Italy, the Soviet Union, and France- to push back the Axis tide. FRONT: Where the fighting takes place

52 Battle of the Coral Sea First time in naval history that the enemy never saw each other. Attacks were carried out on aircraft carriers. Japanese suffered their first major setback.

53 Battle of Midway Fought entirely from the air!
The battle was a devastating blow to the Japanese. Japan was unable to launch any more offensive operations

54 Battle of El Alamein Allies were finally able to halt the “Desert Fox”

55 Sicily July 1943 Allied forces land in Sicily. Italian forces were defeated within a month. Mussolini was overthrown.

56 Stalingrad Major turning point in the Soviet Union
Germans were stalled outside of Moscow and Leningrad One of costliest battles in the war Stalin was determined to defend “his” city German surrendered!

57 D-Day June 6th, 1944 Allied invasion of France
Within a month, all of France was FREE It was the largest amphibious (land & water) invasion in history More than 156,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy




61 The Big Three Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin
After the US entered the war, the Allied leaders met periodically to hammer out their strategy. In 1942, the “Big Three” agreed to focus on finishing the war in Europe before trying to end the war in Asia. The Allied distrusted on another. None of them wanted to risk the breakdown of their alliance, however.

62 Allies Continue to Advance
For two years, Allied bombers bombarded German military bases, factories, railroad, oil depots, and cities. The goal of this type of bombing was to cripple Germany’s industries and destroy the morale of its civilians.

63 Battle of the Bulge Last massive counterattack by the Germans
German defeat seemed inevitable

64 Yalta Conference At the Yalta Conference, the three leaders agreed that the Soviet Union would enter the war against Japan within three months of Germany’s surrender. In return, Churchill and FDR promised Stalin that he could take possession of several areas and that Germany would be divided into FOUR zones.

65 Section 4: Victory in Europe & the Pacific
How did the Allies finally defeat the Axis powers?

66 Nazis Defeated By 1945, the Allies had crossed the Rhine into Western Germany. From the east, Soviet troops closed in on Berlin. American & Russian soldiers met and shook hands. All over Europe, Axis armies began to surrender. In Italy, guerrillas captured and executed Mussolini. Hitler committed Suicide May 7, 1945 Germany Surrendered

67 V-E Day May 8th, 1945  Victory in Europe


69 Why were the Allies able to defeat the Axis powers?
Location of Germany – they had to fight on several fronts simultaneously Hitler made poor military decisions He underestimated the army of the Soviet Union The enormous productive capacity of the US Allied bombing hindered German production Oil was scarce for the Luftwaffe

70 Struggle for the Pacific
Until mid-1942, the Japanese had won an uninterrupted series of victories. The Japanese controlled much of Southeast Asia and many Pacific islands. By 1942, the Japanese had gained control of the Philippines.

71 Bataan Death March By May 1942, Japanese soldiers killed several hundred American soldiers and as many as 10,000 Filipino soldiers as they were forced to march 65 miles.

72 “Island-Hopping” The Goal: to recapture some Japanese-held islands while bypassing others. The captured islands served as stepping stones to the next objective. The American forces were led by General Douglas MacArthur. By 1944, US Allied forces gradually moved north to Japan.

73 Island Hopping with MacAurthor

74 Invasion VS Bomb The Japanese displayed they would fight to the death rather than surrender. Iwo Jima & Okinawa Japanese men chose to become Kamikaze pilots  Suicide missions


76 Manhattan Project The race to harness the Atomic Bomb

77 Atomic Bomb Harry Truman had taken office after FDR died unexpectedly on April 12th, 1945. He had the decision to invade and risk American lives or to drop the bomb. He decided to use the new weapon against Japan.

78 Hiroshima August 6, 1945  First bomb dropped
Instantly killed more than 70,000 people



81 Nagasaki August 9, 1945  Second bomb dropped on Nagasaki
More than 40,000 people killed instantly .

82 Japanese Surrender Finally on August 10, 1945, Emperor Hirohito forced the government to surrender. September 2, 1945, the formal peace treaty was signed on board the American battleship Missouri.

83 Section 5: The End of World War II
What issues arose in the aftermath of WWII and how did new tensions develop?

84 Chapter 17: Section 5 "From World War to Cold War"
Casualties of WWII United States 292,000 Britain 389,000 Soviet Union 22 million (soldiers and civilians) Germany 8 million Worldwide - 75 million died as result of WWII


86 War Crimes Trials - Axis Leaders were tried for "crimes against humanity" - trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany - 177 Germans tried/142 found guilty - a number or top Nazis were sentenced to death - Rudolf Hess: Deputy to the Fuhrer and Nazi Party Leader - Hermann Goering - head of Luftwaffe (Air Force) President of Reichstag, Director of "Final solution"

87 Horrors of the Holocaust

88 Courtroom scene showing defendants in the Major War Criminals Trial

89 The United Nations - The United Nations officially came into existence on October 24, 1945.  - Designed to be an international organization that ensures world peace.

90 The Security Council (major force in the UN)
- made up of 5 permanent members - the US, Russia, Great Britain, France, and China - designed to ensure peace between major powers  - The UN does much more than peacekeeping - They take on many of the world's problems: poverty, prevention of disease, improving education, etc.

91 The War Time Alliance Breaks Apart
- conflicting ideals and mutual distrust led to a break in the alliance between the US, Britain and the Soviet Union - a cold war soon develops

92 Cold War - The political, military, and economic competition for global control between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1991 - a state of political conflict using any means short of armed warfare

93 Europe, the focus of the Cold War
- Stalin wanted to control Eastern Europe and spread communism into the area - The Soviets already had soldiers in all nations to the east of Berlin, Germany - Stalin promised to allow "free elections" in these nations, but Churchill and Truman didn't trust him - by 1948 Stalin had installed pro-soviet governments across Europe  - Churchill said the Soviets has put in place an "Iron Curtain" dividing Europe (democratic/communist)


95 Truman Doctrine President Truman announced a new policy to Congress - said the United States would "support any free people who were resisting outside pressures" - made it clear that America would resist Soviet expansion in Europe and elsewhere in the world

96 Containment - Idea of containing communism within its own boundaries as a way to reduce its influence. - US policy from 1947 – 1980’s "Domino Theory” : if we allowed one nation to fall to the Communist the rest of the world would do the same.


98 The Marshall Plan - postwar Europeans faced poverty and hunger
                                                                                        - postwar Europeans faced poverty and hunger - to promote democracy the US offered a massive aid package, called the Marshall Plan - food and economic assistance were delivered to those countries seeking to rebuild - Billions of dollars poured into Europe - Stalin forbid Eastern European countries from accepting any aid from the US


100 Divisions in Germany - Germany had been divided up after WWII

101 West Germany - controlled by US, Britain, France
- democratic government - allowed to rebuild

102 East Germany - controlled by the Soviet Union
- industries dismantled, prevented from rebuilding - communist government put in place - German capital of Berlin was in this sector of Germany


104 The Berlin Airlift - Stalin tried to force the Allies
out of Berlin by blockading every railroad and highway into the city from - Massive US airlifts keep the city and citizens alive by flying food and fuel into the city 24 hours a day for one year. - Soviets eventually lifted the blockade

105 Military Alliances - in 1949, the United States, Canada, and 9 Western European countries formed NATO (NATO) - North Atlantic Treaty Organization - members pledged to help one another if they were attacked

106 Warsaw Pact - formed by the Soviet Union in 1955
- included USSR and 7 satellite countries

107 Arms Race - each side in the Cold War armed itself to withstand an attack by the other. - USSR built their first atom bomb in 1949 and the race was on to produce as many nuclear weapons as possible


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