US enters WWII

By: Cora, Dakota, Danielle

The United States entered World War II when its Pearl Harbour in Hawaii was attacked. The attack took place on December 7th, 1941.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The base was attacked by Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves. By bombing the navy they crippled any efforts for a retaliation attack force. Pearl Harbor was located closer to Japan than the US and was easier to get to without a chance of being discovered. The consequences of the attack on Pearl Harbor was the US entering WWII. More than 50 countries took part and the whole world felt the affects. More than 55 million people perished.

Japan had been at war with China since 1937 and had declared openly its serious ambitions toward taking territory in eastern Asia and the Soviet Union. Japan saw Germany as a potential ally.

Hitler wanted more land- especially in the east- so Hitler created a plan where it made it seem that Poland was invading Germany so they could 'defend themselves' and in September 1939, the German army was ordered into Poland.

The conflict over the the independence of Poland was the most immediate cause of WWII because they tried to create an independent state that was formerly German.

Cash and Carry: Replaced the Neutrality Act of 1936

Lend-Lease:the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause; "lend-lease during World War II was extremely generous"

Pearl Harbor: a harbor on Oahu to the west of Honolulu; location of a United States naval base that was attacked by the Japanese on 7 Dec 1941

Pacific Rim:The Pacific Rim refers to lands around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. The term Pacific Basin includes the Pacific Rim and islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Rim roughly overlaps with the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire.

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