World War II

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    Spam came out just before WWII started, but didn’t become popular until the war began. During WWII, it became a Lend-lease commodity.
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    Tuskegee Airmen

    The first African American pilots to be in the Air Force began training in 1941.
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    Fanta was released in Germany after it became illegal to import Coca-Cola. Max Keith decided to create his own soft drink for Germans.
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    USS Enterprise

    The USS Enterprise was the most decorated ship in WWII. It was involved in many battles including the Battle of Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and Guadalcanal.
  • Dorris Miller

    Dorris Miller
    During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Doris Miller became the first African American in the military to man a gun.
  • War Production Board

    War Production Board
    The War Production Board was created. It was established by Executive Order 9024.
  • Japanese Relocation Centers

    Japanese Relocation Centers
    Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066, which ordered the round-up and evacuation of the Japanese.
  • Bataan Death March

    Bataan Death March
    This was the 70-mile march from Mariveles to San Fernando. Lots of U.S. and Filipino troops died.
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    Navajo Code Talkers

    Because the Navajo language was so extremely complex and not well-known, the Marines decided to use it as code. Many Navajo people joined the Marines and successfully transmitted codes that could not be broken by the Japanese.
  • Food Rationing Program

    Food Rationing Program
    This was created with a system of points and coupons to control how much food people were allotted.
  • Battle of Coral Sea

    Battle of Coral Sea
    This two-day battle between the United States and Japanesse aircraft carriers was a victory for the U.S.
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  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway
    This was the second battle of the Pacific War. After this battle, the US Navy was equal to that of the Japanese.
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  • Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES)

    Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES)
    This was created by the Women’s Naval Reserve Act because the Navy was experiencing a shortage of military personnel.
  • Guadalcanal Campaign

    This was a six-month struggle between the Allied Powers and the Japanese to gain control of the island of Guadalcanal.
  • General McArthur

    General McArthur
    He was an American general during Guadalcanal.
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Released

    Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Released
    This movie was about Sherlock Holmes and his struggle against Nazi saboteurs.
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    Operation Torch

    The Allied forces executed an air invasion of French North Africa. Once they were in North Africa, they planned to move up into Sicily and into the Italian mainland and attack the weak point of the Axis Powers.
  • Casablanca Released

    Casablanca Released
    This movie is a love story about a town in Morocco where exiles and refugees would go during WWII.
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    Women's Professional Baseball League

    The Battle of Coral Sea was the first battle of the Pacific War between US and Japanese aircraft carriers. It was a victory for the U.S.
  • Women's Army Corps

    Women's Army Corps
    Women gained full military status and were assimilated into the army.
  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter
    Rosie appeared on the cover of Life Magazine as an encouragement for women to help out with the war effort.
  • The Big Three

    The Big Three
    FDR, Stalin, and Winston Churchill all met up for the first time. They made a deal and Stalin agreed to give the others the support of the Soviet Union.
  • General Eisenhower

    General Eisenhower
    He was The Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers leading up to and during the D-Day invasion. Because of the success of the day, he was made general of the army.
  • D-Day

    The Allied Powers fought the Nazis on the beaches of Normandy and were able to begin their march to defeat Hitler.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    Hitler and the Nazi army attempted an offensive to counter our attack on D-Day, but it failed and the Allied Powers once again came out on top.
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    This was the Allied Powers’ bombardment of a Japanese island that led to the battle of Okinawa and, eventually, invasion of Japanese mainland.
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    Battle of Okinawa

    This was an 82-day long battle that was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa. It started in the beginning of April and went until mid-June.
  • Battle of Berlin

    Battle of Berlin
    This was the last major battle of WWII. The Soviet Army essentially finished off the German army and took control of Berlin.
  • V-E Day at Home

    V-E Day at Home
    When news came to the U.S. that Germany had officially surrendered, everyone celebrated.
  • Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

    Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
    The ship had just delivered the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Japanese cities when it got off course and Japanese submarines sent two torpedoes into the side of the USS Indianapolis, splitting it in two and sinking it.
  • Hiroshima

    Paul Tibbets dropped the first ever atomic bomb, “Little Boy,” on Hiroshima.
  • Nagasaki

    Dick Sweeney dropped another atomic bomb, “Fat Man,” on Nagasaki. This led to Japanese surrender.
  • V-J Day at Home

    V-J Day at Home
    It was announced to America that Japan had unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. This was the end of WWII.