The United States believed that it had the economy and manpower to take on Germany head on in an early cross-Channel attack that would have taken place in 1943 or earlier, but this probably would have had devastating results. Matloff describes how America’s overconfidence (mainly due to lack of casualties and destruction the country sustained in World War I) led them to this way of thinking in the Second World War. Since the fall of 1940, the chief of naval operations, Admiral Stark, was convinced that a major ground operation was the key to defeating Germany (685). This sounds like a center of gravity approach in which the center, here, would be the complete annihilation of the German army. Had the United States launched a strike this early, German forces that would have been in North Africa, such as German Field Marshal Rommel’s panzer division, would have bolstered the troops in France and likely repel Allied forces out of the region.
The History Channel site asserts, “ The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.” (D-Day). By December 1941, after great controversy between the isolationists and interventionists of America, the United States made the decision to enter the second world war. Prior to America joining the war, the conflict had stayed between the Axis powers and the Allies, excluding the United States. The rise of the Nazi Party along with the idea of a totalitarian rule is what ultimately led to the conflict between the Axis and Allied powers. Each Axis power knew the American society, economy, and military was not one you would want to go against.
Hitler disobeyed the Treaty of Versailles, and was allowed to succeed at the Munich Conference. Although the main causes revolved around Hitler, and he caused many of the problems, the Allied nations could have stopped him in different situations. One reason the Allies started World War II, is that the countries that made up the Allied nations were focused on their own countries after World War I, and were not
General Foulois was instrumental in the 1930’s in building a post war Air Corps, for what he believed to be another war with Germany and he chose the strategy of using the political bureaucracy to critics the war department’s reluctance. He would frequently testify in both houses of Congress where he used his ability of persuasion to achieve his objectives. Additionally, General Foulois crafted numerous pieces of legislation, which he passed to sympathetic members of Congress. General Foulois kept his comments within the walls of congress, thereby reducing his chance of raising the ire of the war department (Schrader). Unfortunately for General Foulois, he did not anticipate that this strategy runs both ways.
World war II provided many good and bad opportunities for Americans. For instance a good outcome was that it gave women jobs that men worked in, a terrible outcome would be Executive Order 9066, and finally another good outcome would be the Women 's Army Corps. The women during WWII got jobs that men were usually given. “The demand for workers skyrocketed during the war, as men left their jobs to serve in the armed forces.” (History Alive 456) The men needed fighter jets, ships, tanks, and other things so the women being the only ones able to were put to work in factories for the war. They turned makeup companies like Revlon into a bullet making company for the war.
This caused many Germans to accept the Nazi regime and probably join the army. Germany had little flexibility with its’ army, both in size and actions, due to the restrictions, which caused Germany to begrudge the surrounding countries. The Nazi regime took advantage of what the Germans didn’t like about the Treaty of Versailles, by breaking some aspects of it, in order to gain support and increase their numbers so they could go to war. There are many reasons why the Treaty of Versailles caused World War Two, but there still might have been other causes; just like how Germany was blamed for World War One, it is unfair to put all the blame of the treaty without acknowledging other possible
By the middle of 1941, this war brought countries from all over the world in to fight, including Germany, France, Great Britain, and Japan. However, at this point the United States of America was uninvolved. The country had just gone through the Great Depression and morale was low, so the USA stayed out of the fight on both sides. However, in December 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, shocking millions of US citizens. The day after the bombing, President Roosevelt declared his nation would join the war.
To do this, the Allies set up a hoax. First, the Allies found German spies and told them false information to report. Then, the Allies created a phantom fighting force and gave false information via radio, which they knew the Germans were eavesdropping on. The Allied code-breakers could decipher Germany’s communications, and that is when the Allies knew that their hoax had been a success. Because of this planning, the Allies were well on their way towards victory by the time Germans realized what
However, this was changed in July 1943 when the U.S. Army dropped the “auxiliary” status, granting the thousands of enlisted women, then called WACs, the same benefits as their male counterparts. Approximately 350,000 women served in auxiliary branches during World War II. Additionally, 800 Native American women enlisted. Even though it took many more years before women were allowed to fight, World War II let women prove themselves to
Meaning countries that agreed to it would cooperate with each other if needed for help. This led the way into creating the United Nations. However remaining neutral wasn’t possible for the U.S., on December 7, 1941 The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor forcing America to join the war. Throughout the war Roosevelt was commander in chief in World War II, one of his greatest war moments was the invasion of Normandy, France, which was the turning point of the war defeating the Axis Powers. After the war ended, the United Nations was formed in order to create treaties and solve international