World War II

  • Great Depression

    Great Depression
    Stock market crashed and millions of people lost their jobs and the economy was broken.
  • U.S. Aircraft Carriers

    U.S. Aircraft Carriers
    When the war first started, the U.S. only had 7. By war's end in 1945, the United States Navy had added twenty-seven aircraft carriers.
  • Start of WWII

    Start of WWII
    Germany invades Poland using Blitzkreig (lightening warfare)
  • War Bonds of WWII

    War Bonds of WWII
    War Bonds were a loan to the government to help finance the war effort. War bonds were seen as a way to remove money from circulation as well as reduce inflation. It is an emotional appeal to patriotic citizens to lend the government their money as these bonds offer a rate of return below the market rate
  • Auschwitz

    Auschwitz
    It was Germany's largest concentration camp and extermination camp. Located near the town of Oswiecim in southern Poland. It is estimated that over 1.1 million people in a 4 year span.
  • Lend Lease Act

    Lend Lease Act
    The Lend-Lease Act was the principal means for providing U.S. military aid to foreign nations during World War II.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Japan attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
    The surprise attack by some 350 Japanese aircraft sunk or badly damaged eighteen US naval vessels, including eight battleships, destroyed or damaged 300 US aircraft, and killed 2,403 men.
  • Japan Invades Philippines

    Japan Invades Philippines
    One day after Pearl Harbor, Japan invaded a U.S. territory, the Philippines. They killed thousands of Philippine citizens and American Soldier during the Bataan Death March.
  • Island Hopping Campaign

    Island Hopping Campaign
    It was a military strategy employed by the Allies in the Pacific War against Japan and the Axis powers during World War II. The U.S. traveled to many Japanese colonies for resources and to gain a lead over Japan
  • John Brown Liberty Ships

    John Brown Liberty Ships
    Liberty ships were a class of cargo ship built in the United States during World War II.
  • Doolittle's Raid

    Doolittle's Raid
    It was the first U.S. offensive battle, which was an airstrike, in WWII against Japan in the Pacific. It did little damage but the U.S. learned how valuable aircraft carriers were.
  • Coral Sea

    Coral Sea
    It was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. It was the first pure carrier-versus-carrier battle in history as neither surface fleet sighted the other. Though a draw, it was an important turning point in the war in the Pacific because, for the first time, the Allies had stopped the Japanese advance.
  • Midway

    Midway
    The battle of Midway was a naval battle between the U.S. and Japan. It was the U.S.' first victory in WWII.
  • Operation Fortitude

    Operation Fortitude
    It was the deceptive plan made by the U.S. to make Germany think they were going to invade somewhere other than Normandy
  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter
    She was an icon for women on the U.S. home front to encourage them to take on the men's jobs while they were at war.
  • Japanese Tunnels

    Japanese Tunnels
    The Japanese military used a system of tunnels at multiple battle sights to relay ammunition, weapons, and news. They also used them to hide from the U.S. troops.
  • Operation Overload

    Operation Overload
    Also known as the Battle of Normandy, the U.S. stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. German troops killed over 37,000 U.S. troops on that beach alone. The U.S. however, overtook the Germans and continued to advance throughout France.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    It was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II. Battle of the Bulge is the second-most lethal American battle by estimated number of Americans killed (19,276 killed).
  • Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima
    U.S. Marines made an amphibious landing on Iwo Jima. Americans struggled to get a foothold on the beaches of Iwo Jima, so Japan's artillery positions in the mountains above opened fire. The U.S. suffered numerous causalities.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle of Okinawa
    The Battle of Okinawa was the last major battle of World War II, and one of the bloodiest. The Navy’s Fifth Fleet and more than 180,000 U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps troops descended on the Pacific island of Okinawa for a final push towards Japan. As a result, countless took their own lives. The Americans bore over 49,000 casualties including 12,520 killed. about 110,000 Japanese soldiers lost their lives. It’s estimated between 40,000 and 150,000 Okinawa citizens were also killed.
  • Little Boy

    Little Boy
    Little Boy was the first atomic bomb that the U.S. dropped on Japan in Hiroshima.
  • Enola Gay

    Enola Gay
    the B-29 bomber that was used by the United State to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, the first time the explosive device had been used on an enemy target. The aircraft was named after the mother of pilot Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr.
  • Fat Man

    Fat Man
    Fat Man was the second atomic bomb that the U.S. dropped on Japan in Nagasaki.
  • End of World War II

    End of World War II
    Japan "surrenders" after the U.S. dropped Fat Man on Nagasaki. The end of WWII is also known Victory in Japan Day. It came with a lot of deliberation and back and forth between the U.S. and Japan but in the end, Japan signed the unconditional surrender.