April 15, 2012
World War II was a part of the effect of World War I. According to World War 2 Info, “the origins of the Second World War are generally viewed as being traced back to the First World War.” (World War 2 2012) World War 2 happened between 1930s to the mid 1940s in Europe and Asia. In Europe, the war began on September 1, 1939 when the Nazi Germans led by Hitler invaded Poland. On September 2, 1945; the war ended with the relinquishing of Japan. In the early 1930s in Asia, World War 2 started in China and ended on May 8, 1945 with the surrender of Germany. World War II was the biggest armed disagreement in history involving most of the world and it involved using nuclear weapons to win (World War 2 2012) This war went from Europe to Asia and battles even occur in Africa and the Americas. They were also naval battles upon the waters. Within this war, there were millions of civilians that were killed by the Nazis and others. (World War 2 2012) Approximately fifty million people died as a result of World War II. Events Leading Up to World War II
There were many events led to World War II. In Germany, on January 30, 1933; President von Hindenburg selected Adolf Hitler as Chancellor for Germany. (World War 2 History 2012) When the President died, Hitler assumed the office of President temporarily and all of its powers according to the Weimar Constitution. (World War 2 History 2012) In the end, Hitler was able to assume the powers of the President permanently and get “control over Germany.” (World War 2 History 2012) Many different things were happening all over the world to aid in the beginning of World War II. In Italy, the Italo-French agreement was signed after Italy became a police state. On March 16, 1935; Hitler prearranged Germany to re-arm up to 100,000 men under the Versailles Treaty. (World War 2 History 2012) After gaining his troops, Hitler begins his quest to gain as many countries as he could. Hitler started by trying to take over Rhineland but it failed. During its conquest, Germany gained Austria, Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, and Slovak. (World War 2 History 2012) In order to keep from being captured, Italy created an alliance with Germany. The Pact of Steel was formed in May of 1939 to help with their alliance. (World War 2 History 2012) Events of the War
On September 1, 1939; Germany invaded Poland, and on September 17 the Soviet Union also invaded Poland. (World War 2 History 2012) In October, Poland surrendered and fought for its Allies. In late September of 1939, Baltic Republics allowed the Soviet Union to occupy their land. (World War 2 History 2012) An alliance between France and United Kingdom was formed on March 18, 1940 according to the Pact of Steel. (World War 2 History 2012) The Bomber War was between the Germans and the British in the Air. In October of 1940, Italy tried to conquer Greece but they failed. The Germans invaded the Soviet allies on June 22, 1941. The Continuation War was a war that lasted from 1941-1944. In the end, Germany had conquered most of the Soviet Union and then came “the siege of Leningrad.” (World War 2 History 2012) The attack on Pearl Harbor was the turning point for the United States that helped them make the decision to enter World War II. This event happened on December 7, 1941when “360 Japanese aircraft attacked the major U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.” (World War II 2012). This attack claimed over 2,000 troops that day, officially, on December 8th, the United States claimed war with Japan. Germany and other countries decided to claim war against the United States. (World War II 2012)The Second World War ended when American planes dropped atomic bombs on Japanese cities in 1945. (Henretta and Brody 2010) After the War
In August of 1945, V-J was celebrated in New York City as Victory over Japan. (Henretta and Brody 2010) Many people had mixed reactions following World War 2. Everyone affected by the war was happy...