Spam came out just before WWII started, but didn’t become popular until the war began. During WWII, it became a Lend-lease commodity.
The first African American pilots to be in the Air Force began training in 1941.
Fanta was released in Germany after it became illegal to import Coca-Cola. Max Keith decided to create his own soft drink for Germans.
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.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Doris Miller became the first African American in the military to man a gun.
War Production Board
The War Production Board was created. It was established by Executive Order 9024.
Japanese Relocation Centers
Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066, which ordered the round-up and evacuation of the Japanese.
Bataan Death March
This was the 70-mile march from Mariveles to San Fernando. Lots of U.S. and Filipino troops died.
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
This was created with a system of points and coupons to control how much food people were allotted.
Battle of Coral Sea
This two-day battle between the United States and Japanesse aircraft carriers was a victory for the U.S.
Battle of Coral Sea Ends
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.
Battle of Midway Ends
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.
This was a six-month struggle between the Allied Powers and the Japanese to gain control of the island of Guadalcanal.
He was an American general during Guadalcanal.
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Released
This movie was about Sherlock Holmes and his struggle against Nazi saboteurs.
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.
This movie is a love story about a town in Morocco where exiles and refugees would go during WWII.
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 gained full military status and were assimilated into the army.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This was the Allied Powers’ bombardment of a Japanese island that led to the battle of Okinawa and, eventually, invasion of Japanese mainland.
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
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
When news came to the U.S. that Germany had officially surrendered, everyone celebrated.
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.
Paul Tibbets dropped the first ever atomic bomb, “Little Boy,” on Hiroshima.
Dick Sweeney dropped another atomic bomb, “Fat Man,” on Nagasaki. This led to Japanese surrender.
V-J Day at Home
It was announced to America that Japan had unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. This was the end of WWII.