The USA entered World War II in response to the Japanese bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Prior to the attack, the country had maintained an isolationist policy, although government leaders considered involvement inevitable and had been providing the Allies with arms and other supplies. The US had long-standing friendly relations with Britain and the Japanese assault tipped the country against the Axis powers.Know More
Until 1941, the US kept out of the war. In general, Americans considered it a European affair and preferred to follow the traditional American policy of isolationism. However, the country was sympathetic to the Allied cause. The US had fought against Germany during WWI. Communists, leftists and Jews who heard about the oppression occurring in Germany pressed and lobbied the government to intervene. Many people believed that the totalitarian tendencies of European fascism would eventually threaten the US. In addition, the US shared a common heritage and friendly relations with Britain, whose very existence was threatened by the Germans.
For these reasons, the US sided with the Allies from the beginning and furnished them with much needed war supplies. The Roosevelt administration anticipated involvement and prepared the nation's arms manufacturing. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was the final component necessary to remove any doubt about going to war.Learn more about World War 2
Although World War II was officially started by Germany invading Poland, there were several events that led up to this war. Some causes include the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of fascism.Full Answer >
World War II began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, which caused France and Great Britain to declare war on Germany. Germany conquered a significant part of Europe from that time until 1941, but in 1942, the Allies halted the advance. Each member of the Axis powers surrendered in 1945.Full Answer >
There is absolutely no way to know what would have happened if Hitler had won World War II. There are many works of fiction that address the subject such as the 1988 novel "Moon of Ice" and the 1967 Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever."Full Answer >
World War II ended in two stages: the total destruction of the German government in Berlin in May 1945 and the capitulation of the Japanese government four months later. In each case, the victorious Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the Axis nations' land, sea and air forces, as well as a political surrender of their civil governments.Full Answer >